When wanderlust strikes, most of us don’t need a reason to travel.
The urge alone is enough to encourage you to pack your bags and hop on the next flight out of here. But that’s not always an option for everyone.
In fact, some of us can spend a crazy amount of time wondering whether we should or shouldn’t book the trip we just can’t stop thinking about.
We all have financial priorities. And sometimes, your desire to travel conflicts with your desire to invest, buy a house, or start a family. But when you’ve got travel on the brain, you probably need someone to tell you why you should just go for it.
If you need to turn off the nagging adult brain and live in the moment, here are a few undeniable reasons to book a trip today.
Avoid Living With Regret
Most travelers can tell you exactly when they first felt the wanderlust. Some people seem to have always had it, while others can remember precisely when they were first bitten by the travel bug.
If you’ve started to feel the travel itch, there’s very little you can do about it. That feeling will never leave you. And if you don’t travel, you may always wish you did.
Don’t look back in twenty years and wonder what it would have been like to travel and conquer your bucket list.
It’s a cliche, but it’s still true; you only live once!
Do It While You Can
If you’re telling yourself that now’s not the time and that you can travel later in life, it’s time to switch careers. Your ability to read the future means you will have enough money to travel as much as you’d like!
The reality is that we don’t know what will happen from day to day, and the best way to guarantee that you will do something, is to start working on it now.
Many people convince themselves that they can travel the world once they get a promotion, or when the kids are older, or after they’ve retired. Truthfully, until travel becomes a priority, you will never travel. Instead, you’ll push it off until the wanderlust is snuffed out under a pile of responsibility. Have you not seen the movie UP?
So, when will you be able to travel? Now. That’s when. Make the commitment and make it happen.
You’ll Learn A Lot
Traveling also teaches you a lot. In a range of ways.
We all learn lessons from traveling the world. Some are more academic, like learning a language or picking up pieces of history. But others are so much more rewarding, like the confidence to try new things, push your comfort zone, talk to people.
No matter how much your trip costs, the lessons gained from traveling are priceless.
One of the most exciting reasons to travel is because of its ability to transform you into a new and better version of yourself. It’s nothing you can plan for. I’ve realized that the best lessons – those that help me level up – are those that I would have never expected.
And Meet A Lot Of People
When you travel, especially if you travel alone, you meet new people. The world is full of friends just waiting to get to know you.
There’s just something about floating from place to place and putting yourself out there that makes it happen. Visit a destination where people speak a language you don’t know, and you’ll learn first hand how to depend on people and trust in the goodness of strangers.
No matter what the news says, most people are caring, just like you are.
So read a world travel guide and make a plan. Because new friends, interactions, and experiences await.
And Make Memories That Will Last A Lifetime
Above all else, when you travel, you make memories that last a lifetime. When the trip is over, the Snapchat vacay videos have disappeared, and the souvenirs are buried in the junk drawer, your experiences are yours to keep forever.
Whether it’s bungee jumping in South Africa or making pizza in Italy, traveling can leave you with memories that will make you who you are.
The best part? Those memories and the stories you tell motivate others to live their best life. You never know who you’ll inspire, but people are watching, learning, and being inspired by the amazing things you do and share.
So what are you waiting for? Bon Voyage!