When you are young, it is easy to imagine you have all the time in the world to accomplish goals and tasks. You may believe you will have plenty of time to travel the world when you are older and have no need to make an effort now. However, there is no guarantee that you will have opportunity or means when you are older, and there is no guarantee of length of life. Included here are many benefits and reasons to travel the world when you are young and have a fresh worldview.
Helps You Relate to the World
If you grew up in a small, rural town, it may be difficult to imagine the forces at play outside of your community. Traveling when you are young, allows you to have a greater appreciation for the world at large and have more interest in preserving it for future generations. You don’t realize what you are missing until you can see exotic beauty firsthand.
Travel can give you greater appreciation for the whole world and, in turn, education. You will have greater interest in botany after seeing those rare flowers in the Belize jungle or tasting a fresh papaya in Brazil. You will begin to grow a better appreciation for history as you witness the Colosseum or Stonehenge. All of life will begin to look like opportunities to learn more and you can take this enthusiasm to any classroom you pursue.
Helps You Relate to People
Global poverty may not make an impression on you until you are in the midst of people experiencing it. You may not care that women are being suppressed across the globe until you walk their streets and realize their struggle. By putting yourself through the joy and hardship of people around the world, you will be better able to understand yourself, your community and how to relate to people in general.
Realize Your Value
When young, you may be disillusioned into believing the world is all about you. Fortunately, that bubble does burst and you will realize how insignificant you can be in the grand scheme of things. Traveling while young will allow you to experience more people and cultures who have far more wisdom and knowledge than you can hope to accrue as well as help stint your self-indulgent tendencies early. You will also realize that you can be beneficial to different communities and cultures based on your perspectives.
You may find yourself in a country where you don’t speak the language, don’t recognize the food, and can’t find where you are going. This kind of experience is okay, it teaches you to adapt, learn from your surroundings, and grow in yourself. You can take those same tactics you used to navigate an unfamiliar place to find your way through an uncomfortable social situation or overwhelming new experience anywhere. By taking the time to have these experiences before going to college, you will be better prepared to share your own personal perspectives, experience and knowledge with various groups of people.