Traveling is an amazing experience and I would love to be able to do it more often. But like most people, I have too many reasons why now isn’t the best time to travel when in actuality, it is. The timing will never be perfect so like Nike, “just do it”.
Here are the top five reasons why you absolutely should travel right now:
1. You aren’t getting any younger
Don’t wait until you’re old and gray! Travel now, while you’re young, able, and vibrant enough to really enjoy it. Hike a mountain solo, go cliff diving with your partner, take the kids the Subway. Whatever is adventurous for you, do it and do it now! If you wait until your older, it’s likely you’ll be even less adventurous than you are now. Every minute you waste thinking about traveling is a minute that you didn’t spend actually doing it and you’ll never get that minute back.
2. You’ll never have “enough” money
Money is important, but it isn’t everything. The longer you wait, the more creature comforts you’re likely to need while traveling, which increases your bill. Every day, people travel the world on a shoestring budget. There are tons of websites dedicated to providing the latest deals. Sign up and pack your bags!
3. There will always be something you “should” do first
Stop telling yourself, “I’ll plan a trip right after I…” Something will always come up. There will always be a pressing assignment, a new job, an object on your to-do list that needs to be checked off like yesterday. You must make time for what you want. If traveling is your priority, act like it.
4. The kids are the perfect age
Kids in diapers? Awesome, they’re portable (and some fly for reduced prices/free)! Elementary aged kids? Perfect! They require less “stuff” and can cart their own luggage. Teenagers? They’re basically self-sufficient. It’s like having more travel buddies.
5. The world is getting increasingly smaller
The world is so much more accessible. Small budget airlines with cheap flights from Boston to Bangladesh are cropping up every day. Language barriers are easily overcome by Google translate. Stop waiting for the right time. The time is now.