Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Why Travel is the Best Investment


Whilst most of my time online is spent on Instagram and Twitter, surrounded by my blogging pals, I can't escape the fact that whenever I log on to Facebook, where my 'real-world' friends live, it's a constant stream of engagements, babies, and mortgages. I'm still only 23, and nowhere near making any of those life-altering changes, but it's no surprise to me that a lot of my friends are ready to settle down and live that white-picket-fence life. 

Yes, putting my money towards a mortgage and saving for a rainy day would be the sensible thing to do, but it's just not 'me' and it definitely wouldn't make me happy. 

If you've been following my journey for a while, then you'll have probably guessed that I much prefer to invest my time and money into travel, rather than settling down and rushing on with my life. I am by no means living my life as one big gap year (In fact, I never took one), I have a full time job and my own set of responsibilities, but like a lot of young 20-somethings, I much prefer to invest my time and money into seeing more of the world, and experiencing new things. 

Life is there to be lives, and I've got plenty of time to 'settle down' and be a 'proper adult' - whatever that means - but for now, my money is best spent on a plane ticket, and here's why...


TRAVEL BROADENS YOUR MIND

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine

To me, your early 20s are a time of discovery, and learning who you are and who you want to be. So far, I've spent most of my life in education, working to get that dream career, and tirelessly working to support that journey. Now I've been through University, and bagged the job, it's time to take some time out to experience what life has to offer, and open my eyes up to the world. 

It's so easy to get caught up in your own existence, concentrating on how you're living your life and those surrounding you. However, travel forces you to experience new cultures and embrace new ways of life, broadening your mind. It's one thing to read about different cultures and the history associated with them in a classroom, but it's another thing to take it all in and become a local for a few days or weeks. Embracing local cultures and differences whilst on your travels broadens your mind, and gives you an understanding of life only achievable through travel. 


IT HELPS YOU FOCUS ON YOUR GOALS

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” - Terry Pratchett

Whether you're travelling near or far, travel allows you to step outside of your own life and really see it from an outsiders perspective. It allows you to realise what matters to you and what doesn't, it melts away those everyday worries and makes you realise that in the grand scheme of things, they really don't matter - and I think that's really important when we live so much of our lives feeling stressed and overwhelmed. When you're life consists of the same morning commute, and the same everyday tasks, it can wear you down and make you lose sight of where you want to take your life, travel helps you to step outside of your life and work towards your goals. 


MEMORIES LAST A LIFETIME

"Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends. It is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey."

It's true what they say about money and possessions, you can't take it with you when you leave...and whilst I love shopping and owning that latest gadgets as much as the next person, the bulk of my money is invested into travel for this very reason. You may not be able to take your possessions with you, but memories last a lifetime. 

Some of my favourite memories with my favourite people are the times we spent travelling and experiencing what this big old world of ours has to offer - the smiles, the laughter and the challenges, I'd trade anything I've bought to experience those moments again. Whenever I talk about my favourite memories, they are all from family holidays, city breaks, even staycations I've taken over the years - driving off road in the Dubai desert, seeing the sunset over the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, dancing till dawn in some of my favourite european cities...I can't imagine ever wanting to stop experiencing these things and making new memories. 

xo Becky 

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