20 reasons why you should travel in your 20’s

Your 20’s, your prime years… So you’ve left uni and Pound a Pint is a distant memory! You’re at a crossroads in life, who wants to settle down now? Not you! So you book that one way ticket to Aus in the hope that you become a professional surfer and never return. If that’s not you and you still need a little persuading then here’s my top 20 reasons why you, YES YOU, should travel in your 20’s.

1. Everyone’s Doing It! You don’t want to be the weird one that hits 30 and doesn’t have an obscure story about how you wrestled a crocodile do you?!

2. Your Figure. You’ve got a pretty fit body and let’s face it, that’s not going to last forever. So put on your Triangle bikini and Instagram your shit down on Bondi Beach. #selfie

3. Your Credit Card. By now it’s your friend, your best friend, and you’ve already racked up a debt of twenty something ‘k’ on that worthwhile degree, so what’s the harm in spending a little more?

4. Your Bodies a Machine. Literally. At what other age can you stay up partying ‘til 5 and catch that 8am flight

5. ‘To get it out of your system’, they say if you don’t do it now then you’ll carry that big old burden of regret around with you, and who needs extra baggage when your 50? Think about that!

6. You can do it on a shoestring! Hostels and Room Shares come far cheaper when you don’t really give a shit where you’re gonna lay your head, I mean a beds a bed right?

7. Your Job. You’re future employer will LOVE all that life experience (tell your mum that one!)

8. To Find Yourself. You’ve spent 3 of the best yet hellish years doing your degree, does anyone understand the stress and drama you’ve been through?! Go find a tribe, embrace Buddhism & learn to meditate. Namaste.

9. Work. You have approximately 3429406460142 hours to work before you retire, have your fun now before life takes hold.

10. Friends. You’ll become best buddies with people from all over the world. You’ll appreciate this in 10 years’ time when you NEED a cheap holiday and a place to stay.

11. Social Media. How great will your timeline look though???

12. Learning. Because you’ll learn so much more travelling than you ever learned in school.

13. ‘cause everyone’s crazy in their twenties so you’ll fit in just fine.

14. You’ll Stay Slim. Saving means you don’t really need that UK imported Snickers Bar, for that price you’d get a room for the night.

15. Social Skills. You’ll have deep, and I mean deep, conversations with utter strangers, probably drunken, but this means you can converse with just about anyone.

16. Your Carefree. This means you’re not going to think twice about throwing yourself out of an aeroplane.

17. Budget. Another one for your mum. You’ll learn how to budget spends, a valuable life skill.

18. Because your hair will grow back.  Shave it, Braid it, Cut it, Abuse it! It’s ok, you’re in your twenties so it’s got plenty of time to recover.

19. Volunteer. Go work with the Koala’s in Aus! Give something back whilst you have the time to give.

20. Because, Fuck It! You’re only young once! Stop making excuses… book it and go.

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13 thoughts on “20 reasons why you should travel in your 20’s

  1. Kaye Ford says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with this, except I am not going down the backpacking to Aus route. Just different places for short amount of times. Life is too short to work constantly when still so young. I hope this inspires many others to travel as much as possible

  2. Natasha says:

    Nice list but try to not go into debt doing it. Debt can crush you for a long time if you don’t get a hold of it. Save for travel and pay it off as soon as it hits your credit card.

  3. Amy says:

    Love every single reason here, especially the last one! I’ve been to lots of different places but only on family holidays etc, I haven’t particularly ‘travelled’ but I absolutely will once I’m out of uni. I’ve got a travel bucketlist! Thanks for sharing x

  4. I did not do the whole young person travelling thing as I got married at 19 and had my first child a few years later but I have spent quite a lot of time abroad anyway as my husband is from Turkey so we go there often.

  5. Awesome post and FANTASTIC advise…. even for us in our 30’s!!!! 😉

  6. i totally agree! i need to travel more but its also finding the time at the moment

  7. Olivia Jade says:

    That sounds fabulous to be fair, I’ve always wanted to travel but I’ve never known where to go 🙂

  8. I don’t think we should presume everyone has a better body in their 20’s 😉 I am 30 now and weight 100lbs less than I did in my 20’s. But saying that, I went backpacking by myself when I was 25 and it is one of the best things I have ever done.

  9. Emma says:

    I’m in my 30’s now and didn’t have kids til a couple of years ago. I’m so glad I went on a girls holiday, travelled to a few places (including Reykjavik) and saw different countries before I settled down as I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to go abroad again 🙁
    Live with no regrets!! Great post 🙂


  10. Madaline says:

    I think traveling at each stage of life is perfect. In my early 20s I was able to just get up and get to it – plus I always had more money! Now that I’m in my late 20s with a husband and a toddler it’s totally different but I enjoy it for a ton of different reasons…

  11. Agree 100%.. You already in debt.. And you will be for a while.. Why not add a little more on a passion trip? I will just make you better at budgeting and learning to not buy that coffee every single morning at the office.

  12. cvail says:

    Because who wants to learn how much fun travel is when you’re in your 60s….all that wasted time!

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