In your thirties no doubt you will have accumulated a load of material items as well as responsibilities but it doesn’t mean you can’t backpack, roam the world and be free! It simply means you need to plan a bit better. We all envy the twenty something year old who can quit their job with no repercussions but when you’re in your thirties there’s often more to lose. If you’re a crazy ass ‘Monica’ like myself, the planning is half the fun! Lists, deadlines and some pressure is my idea of fun, but hey so is bleaching my shower curtain. Each to their own. Here is my ten reasons why you should travel now.
1) You’ve heard the phrase, “life is short”, well it’s said so often because it’s true. You don’t want to look back on your life and think, “what if?”. There will never be a good time to travel. There will always be a wedding or some other engagement that you feel you have to go to but you know what, sometimes you just have to do what you want to do. It’s time to put yourself first.
2) Travelling is a challenge. Don’t kid yourself. Travelling is not always a breeze. At times is can be challenging however in meeting this challenge you will learn so much about yourself. You will return feeling liberated and surprised at your own abilities.
3) If you are looking for meaning in your life, travelling may be the answer. It gives you a purpose, something to work towards. It gives you a goal and I’m a strong believer that everyone needs a goal in life.
4) Travelling will restore your faith in humanity. You will make friends and learn that the majority of people on the road are kind and will help you. In western society we live in such a blame culture and live so suspiciously of others that it stops us interacting with one another. Travelling breaks down this boundary. Some years ago I stupidly rocked up to Bako National Park in Borneo without a tent thinking there will be a camp shop on the island……there wasn’t. A kind park guide let me sleep in his hut for three nights on his corridor floor for free. He thought me so much about growing up in Malaysia and about the local wildlife. It’s one of my favourite memories.
4) Travelling will help you break away from the world of social media. You will have actual conversations again and make real connections with other people. Yes you will converse with real live people again!
5) Life is about creating memories. Great memories make you a happier person so go make some!
6) You can explore different volunteering and work options aboard and really experience a culture in this way. It also provides you with the opportunity to complete something you have always wanted to do but never had the time to do, i.e write a book.
7) Travelling will help you understand there is so much more to life than material items. You will meet people who have nothing but their family, yet they are content and satisfied. I’m not saying get rid of your house, car ect. but it’s nice to look at the different ways of living and understand that material stuff can sometimes simply bog you down. It can even stop some people from travelling in the first place.
8) Travelling will allow time for you to think about what you really want to do in your life. Career changes ect. It gives you the time to think properly without any distractions or opinions from others.
9) If you’ve had a relationship breakup or are grieving in any way, travelling may help you to regain your strength and provide you with some breathing space.
10) Travelling provides you with an education. There is no better way of learning than seeing a country and culture with your own eyes. You will begin to understand that we live in a tiny pocket of the world and that there is so much more out there to see and do.
I hope these reasons give you something to think about and help you make the step into the world of travel.