Why You Should Travel Before You Grow Old
March 12, 2016 -- by Nada Ossama
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Most of us believe that we will have the time to travel abroad when we grow older, be secured with a job, and a permanent salary for living. But actually what happens is that you wait for the perfect time to travel, you wait and wait and then BAM! You realize that you are so old and involved in a lot of grownup issues that you won't even have the time to catch a breath.
Rather than waiting until you’re saying “I wish I had”, live so you can say “I’m glad I did”.
So here we will discuss the main 6 reasons on why you should travel before you grow old.
1. Life has a habit of getting in the way
Life has a way of getting more complicated as you get older. it takes you away with all the responsibilities you get day by day while you are aging. You will be living in a cyclic and routine life of graduating from college, getting a job, getting married, and having children.
2. How little you actually knew about the world
When you travel, you may notice that some of the things you’ve heard about the world end up being very different than what you believed. You have the whole world to learn about with every place you discover, every person you meet, and every culture you experience.
3. Experiencing the interconnectedness of humanity
You will notice how we share similar needs, how our perspective of our home expands, and how we become close friends with others from different backgrounds and cultures. You begin to realize how we are all connected.
4. Feeling gratitude
As you travel and experience more of the world and life, you often become overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation for all the beautiful moments you enjoyed and people you’ve shared them with. This is a realization that you can experience and take action from now while we’re still alive with energy rather than stacking up regrets by the time we’re on our death bed.
5. Learning so much about yourself
You’ll start understanding yourself on a level you probably didn’t even know was possible. When you’re on the road and all the decisions are up to you, you’ll start to realize things about yourself that you weren’t even aware of before you stepped out of your comfort zone.
6. Gaining experiences
Experiences are priceless, they help you define your purpose and passion, teach you life lessons, offer you this platform to reach your maximum limits, introduce you to different perspectives. And there is no better way to learn about all these experiences than traveling.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller