Do you like to travel? I know I do. In fact, it has always been a dream of mine to work while traveling the world. I was doing that for a little while and I enjoyed every moment of it. Of all travel styles, I like solo traveling the most, simply because it gives me the most rewarding experience especially in my 20s. I truly believe that traveling in your twenties will help you grow in many ways.
Below are 5 reasons why you should travel solo in your 20s too.
You are not tied down (not yet at least)
I knew some people who were married in their early 20s. Things had changed after they had tied the knot. Traveling with them was also almost impossible.
But if you haven’t said “I do” just yet, take advantage of the freedom and the independence you have now. Go out and explore the world! This will be a good test for you to see if you’re capable of doing things on your own. It will make you a more independent person.
You can still travel alone even when you’re married though. Just as long as your spouse is okay with the whole idea. I have already met some couples who are doing that too and it seemed to work out well for them.
If you’re the kind of person who always feels like there’s always no one there for you, solo traveling will expose you to a world where you’ll never feel alone. There are many travelers out there who are still living the young and free lifestyle. So don’t limit your chances of meeting new people. There’s so much the world has to offer! Maybe you’ll meet that special someone on the road.
You have enough cash for yourself
Even though you don’t have much cash in your 20s, you’re less likely to have more financial commitments. It also really depends your lifestyle.
I like to keep things simple. As I am always traveling, I prefer to live in a minimalist home, keep less stuff and do less shopping, just in case I decide to get a cheap flight to the Caribbean and leave everything behind!
Never take savings for granted. Save at least 10% of your paychecks and other kinds of incomes. Allocate some funds for traveling. Do this so that financial constraint will not be your biggest challenge.
And if you think you need a million dollars to enjoy traveling, you’re wrong. Many bloggers out there will share with you how they managed to travel the world with half (even less) of that amount. I’ve traveled to Thailand with USD150 only!
You can build more connections
One of the best things about traveling is you get to make new friends. In my journeys, I’ve met many talented people from all around the world. Most of them were already quite successful. Some of them run their own business while others travel around the world for business trips. Some were established travel bloggers who only spend 4 hours a day on working.
While you explore the world, you can connect with as many people as you can on Facebook, LinkedIn or email. Never underestimate the power of networking because you’ll never know what all these connections can do for you in the future.
There are possibilities that job or business opportunities will come to you too. In my world, that happens a lot!
Do it while you’re still young and healthy
Okay, let’s face it. The world is a big place and we are one of the tiny beings who are inhabiting it. Many people believe that they can explore the world after they are retired. When that day finally arrives, do you really think you’ll have enough time to cover every destination listed on your travel bucket list?
I don’t have a bucket list though. I go wherever, whenever I like. The truth is it’s not always easy to plan for everything and hope that everything will work out well. Unexpected events will surely arise. Also, can you actually predict what’s going happen to you in the next 20 years? I can’t even tell what’s going to happen to me in one year!
You see, you don’t need to go to a place that’s 10,000 miles away just to travel. You can even venture to the areas near you! For example, I would sometimes go to a neighboring state to visit its local attractions and food. Don’t waste time, travel anytime!
You’ll learn more about yourself
You can learn about yourself in many ways. If you trip on something and fall today, you learn that you should always watch your steps when walking. It goes the same for traveling too.
As mentioned earlier, you can test yourself and find out who you really are when you travel alone. You’ll learn to be on your own without depending on anyone else. You’ll also learn all the things that were not taught in school. And the most valuable lesson is you’ll learn that the best person you can trust is you.
In my own experience, I learned that there’s so much I don’t know about the world yet. I also learned to appreciate the life, freedom and opportunities I already have. Solo traveling is indeed a valuable learning experience.
Have you traveled on your own before? If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s never too late. And if you need a cheap flight ticket, Traveloka is right here for you!