By Danielle Lomax
Lately, I’ve had a serious case of the travel bug. I don’t knowif it’s my military upbringing or my desire of being exposed to new things. I can’t stay in one place for too long. It drives me crazy. I try my best to travel as often as possible whether it’s a quick domestic trip or an international adventure. Unfortunately a lot of people my age are weary of traveling to new places.
Why travel? Why not?
You’re young. You have the rest of your life to stress. Now is the time to be carefree. Being exposed to new environments opens your mind and eases your adjustment to change.
Now is the optimal time to travel as much as possible and get lost in a new culture. Most of us don’t have any major responsibilities (job, spouse, children etc…) so we don’t have anything holding us back.
Can I afford it? You sure can.
In addition to that, now is the perfect time to couch surf while seeing the world. If you’re a recent
graduate you may have friends who have traveled to new cities to accept a job offer or teach English to children. If you’re still in school you may have friends who are volunteering or studying abroad. Although they may not offer the most luxurious accommodations, they can offer a free bed and an inside scoop of places to see and things to do.
Can I add it to my resume? Definitely!
If you’re a little bolder you may want to consider temporarily or permanently moving to a new city. The opportunities are endless. Studying, volunteering and teaching may be the most feasible options while you’re in school. But consider looking into employment opportunities in a new area. When I began applying for post-grad opportunities, it was vital that my potential employers offered a variety of opportunities to travel. The employer that I ended up choosing offers the opportunity to do pro-bono work in developing areas, long-term international projects and over 1,000 global office locations.
What are you waiting for?
Finally, the most obvious reason to travel is for leisure. There’s always a reason to celebrate: graduation, girls’ trip, anniversary, holidays etc…
So the next time you have second thoughts refer to article and think about how the good will outweigh the bad. Establish a budget, pick a location and plan your next trip and party hard!