This is a post that to me is obvious, but to some it may not be. I know that everyone has their own opinions and a lot of people would prefer travel during their retirement – but as I said – we all have different opinions and this is mine. A huge proportion of society will spend a lot of time planning for the future but sometimes it’s hard to think that far ahead. I struggle to think forward to retirement because let’s face it, we don’t know what’s going to happen in the next 24 hours let alone 50 odd years. I’m a huge advocate of traveling whilst you can and this is why.
Don’t put off till tomorrow, what you can do today
It’s incredibly cliche but… you really don’t know where life is going to take you. We’re all working to make what we can out of our lives as they stand now. Don’t write a huge list of all the places you want to visit during your retirement, write lists of all the places you want to visit now. Work, save, tick them off. You never know what’s going to happen between now and then.
It feels as though the younger you are the less commitments you have – even though these should not be looked at as obstacles. When you get older there will be more holding you back. There will be more reasons for putting it off – mortgages, assets, credit cards. It all mounts up and can make traveling seem more of a task than anything else.
Travel while you are physically able to
I think this is the sole reason to consider thoroughly. We cannot predict the future – we have no idea if we are going to be physically able to travel in a week, let alone 50 years. Not only that but we can do a lot more whilst we are physically fit! I know we see lots of elderly people sky diving these days, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be easier and less daunting on our bodies if it was done whilst young. We can walk further whilst our bodies are fitter, we can withstand more and generally, whilst our health is at it’s prime, it’s worth getting busy and seeing the world.
Fun way to learn
This is a point I feel incredibly enthusiastic about. The younger you are, the more you have to learn – and what better way to learn than traveling the world and experiencing it all first hand?!
Helps you learn how to budget
When we travel, we have a budget. Most people do. We don’t want to spend all our wages and end up not having any money when we get home. So traveling whilst young really helps with budgeting experience.
Bonding time with your children
As children get to school age you may start to feel a little robbed of your time with them. I know I do. But a week away in a different country, traveling around and seeing the sights, learning new things and spending quality time together – what could be a better bonding experience? I treasure uninterrupted time with Daisy and Andrew whilst away. It’s one of my favourite things about traveling as a family.
It grounds you and keeps you humble
When you grow up with your feet rooted solely to one city or town, it’s hard to envision something different and the way in which other cultures work. If you don’t step out of your comfort zone whilst young, it becomes harder whilst you get older. Traveling somewhere new lets you experience a completely different culture – the cruising, the smells, the atmosphere, the people. It all brings you back to reality and keeps your feet firmly on the ground. It makes you realise that your problems are a whole lot smaller than you perceive them to be. It leaves a sense of comfort in what you have and appreciation for the life you lead.
To find what makes you you or to find your career path
For me, traveling has provided me with confidence. When I’m in another country I don’t worry about what people are thinking about me. I just be. I find that when I get home I tend to keep a little of that same mentality. Traveling whilst you are young provides you with endless amounts of possibilities for your later career – it can inspire you to spend your life doing something you love.
For the stories
Do it for the stories. Travel whilst young and become a storyteller. At the very end of the day, we have no idea where this crazy path is taking us. We can follow it in the way it’s meant to be followed, or we can step out of line a little. Live a little. Breathe a little. We don’t have to abide by the book – you don’t have to save your travels for retirement. Heck – the grim truth of it all is you might not even make it to retirement. Travel whilst you can and see what an amazing world we live in.