They say that your twenties are your selfish years and I do agree. I believe that you should focus on yourself, your dreams, aspirations, and more. Your twenties are your young adult years where you are definitely old enough to make the right choices, and young enough to still have fun and somewhat make a few dumb choices. You have your entire life ahead of you to work, become successful and eventually settle down. Why waste your twenties trying to settle down and get caught up in the typical 9-5 job.
Traveling is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It broadens your perspective on life, and it most definitely challenges you. When you travel you are immediately out of your comfort zone, I mean after all you are in a different country. You gain experience, learn to try new things and you start to realize that there is a whole world out there you have yet to explore. I believe a lot of people are apprehensive about traveling because of the fear of unknown, which is completely normal. People are worried about minor things such as: food( you may be surprised to find out what you like when you try new foods), language barrier(great opportunity to meet new people and learn a language), getting around(good way to explore and learn an area); however, these things are little pieces that make your experience beautiful. Often times people are more worried about missing their family, but there’s Skype, Facetime and other apps that you can use to keep in touch with your loved ones. Believe it or not traveling gives you a better chance at getting a job because it makes you stand out from the average Joe and you have different experiences and skills that can be beneficial to a company.
Sometimes when traveling there will be a few bumps in the road, trust me I’ve had my few bumps but that’s just life, whether home or abroad. Perfect example, when studying abroad my roommates and I were planning a trip to Granada. We booked our bus tickets and our hostel. We were going to leaving early Friday morning around 1:30 am so we can have the entire day to explore on Friday and also Saturday. Well army time isn’t our best friend, we were getting ready to go to the bus station and I gave everyone their tickets, but we still had about two hours to spare. Here’s the bump in the road—we booked our tickets for early Thursday morning, we missed a bus an entire day almost two. We tried to call the hostel to get our money back but that was a fail; however, we did manage to get some of our bus money back. All in all we learned to always double check the time and date because army time can be pretty tricky when you’re not used to it. Minor or sometimes major things happen but life goes on once you’re alive and breathing your experiences still continues.
When abroad I think you should try to be a little more adventurous, now I’m not saying to be reckless there’s a difference. When you’re adventurous you push yourself to do something that’s a little daring that you wouldn’t normally do at home. Maybe it’s doing the London Eye or maybe it’s doing a segway tour through a beautiful city. Being abroad is honestly all about trying new things.
Traveling definitely gives you a new found appreciation for what you have whether it’s big or small.
It makes you appreciate your life and how far you have come. I mean you should appreciate your life everyday because it’s not always guaranteed. However, you learn to focus more on your priorities and what matters most to you in life. You learn not to procrastinate or waste time because time is precious. For me being abroad has pushed me to create my blog and definitely made me focus more on it (something I’ve wanted to do for quite sometime but never got around to doing it) and goals that I want to accomplish. I learned that you can make time for things that are important to you no matter how busy you may become.
I say explore, be adventurous, don’t waste time and try new things.
Trust me, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself and you will love every moment of it.