In the presently youth-dominated and competitive world, most of the younger generation would choose to work hard than go places. They think that they should first save up for the future, secure his or her position in the workplace, and then be financially-free and maybe travel when they’re older. Because all the pleasures in the world can be seized and enjoyed after retirement – when the family is settled, and everything is in place.
But I would like to enlighten you on that point – the point of traveling after retirement. I couldn’t imagine myself traveling to anywhere I want to go when I’m old and gray and inflicted with back and joint pains, arthritis, or just sheer worry over the weather conditions of my flight and vacation. I’ve been traveling in the middle of my hectic hours of work when I can’t seem to see the excitement and purpose of why I’m working. “Taking time away from the stresses of work and daily life can improve our health, motivation, relationships, job performance, and perspective and give us the break we need to return to our lives and jobs refreshed and better equipped to handle whatever comes.” That is according to Shannon Torberg, PsyD, LP.
I went on a 3-day adventure to Thailand with a cousin last month when we had a long weekend off. I visited Sagada, Philippines, a mountainous yet breathtaking region just to have a tattoo done by the oldest tattoo artist alive. Could I have done that if I postponed the travel to 30 or 40 years after? I flew to Korea for five days during the Holidays because I wanted to check it out when it was at its coldest. If I did this when I was 60 or so, I would be suffering from an arthritis flare-up!
Here, I will share some of the best reasons to travel while you’re young, strong, and carefree.
- You’re Relatively More Healthy. This is the most obvious perk of traveling at a young age. You don‘t need to worry about having a stroke if you’re exposed to too much heat, or that you’d force yourself to walk or limp in pain while you go on a tour. You’ll be eager to go on a thrilling and exciting adventure to the unknown because you are in great shape. When you’re a senior, it’s difficult to adjust to the stresses of vigorous activities, extreme weather conditions, body aches due to the long flight, or finding food that won’t give you a heart attack! Younger people tend to try everything and go anywhere just for the sake of experience and the feeling of freedom.
- You Don’t Have Serious Financial Obligations. Most, if not all, individuals in their 60s would have huge bills to pay, such as mortgage, car loan, investments, children’s needs, home supplies, and a lot more. You will need to take care of all of these, so traveling will definitely not be a priority. Whereas when you’re young, there’s not much to think about in terms of financial responsibilities. You can save up for a short trip a month after without having to worry if you’ll be left with a few dollars after (especially if you’re single and living alone). Elizabeth Scott, MS, a wellness coach says, “Learning to cope with financial stress and effectively manage your financial situation can help you feel more in control of your life, reduce your stress, and build a more secure future.”
- You’ll Have A Fresh Outlook Of You And Your Life. When you learn about other countries, you grow mentally and emotionally. You become open to making changes in your life that will make you a better person and live a better life. It’s easy for young people to adjust to a new place. In fact, traveling to them will be mostly learning while enjoying.
When you’re older, you’re more particular with the kind of place that you’ll be staying (and you would probably opt to stay somewhere quiet), the brand of the free toothbrush and toothpaste, or whether they have stevia for your coffee. Your body and mind have lesser flexibility to make necessary adjustments needed for you to enjoy everything about your vacation.
- Traveling Expands Horizons. Another vital product of traveling when you’re young is that you have sufficient space in yourself to grow. You welcome great opportunities to learn and cope with different cultures and mingle with various personalities. Every travel is an opportunity to make new connections, broaden your communication skills, acquire new and better traits (like resilience and versatility), and become more intelligent, more valuable, and more mature. Your perspective of yourself most of all will develop, making you proud of who you are.
- Traveling Allows You To Find Yourself. The older generation, at 60 and above, would most likely have set their view about themselves and the world. Because they have lived more years, they will tend to resist growth and change, and their purpose of traveling might only be because it was their retirement gift to themselves, or they need to travel for medical reasons. Whatever it is, it won’t be because they want to ‘soul-search.’ “Give yourself permission to do some serious emotional healing to become your happiest self and remember, it is a process more than a destination.” A remidner from Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD.
When you’re young, on the other hand, you yearn to look for a reason for your life – some kind of experience that will mold you and enable you to find yourself. Traveling is undeniably enriching for the younger generation, the age range between 20 and 50.
Traveling is the preferred treatment for the young executive who seems to think that she couldn’t find her true purpose; for the young heart who wants to make new experiences to forget the old; and for the young and curious you or me who wants to travel through life believing that living literally means ‘journeying.’