Travelling in your 20’s is the most exciting and addictive travel experience you are likely to have. The bells of freedom are ringing and the possibilities are endless. Whilst it is a time for roaming and wandering – there are some things you should know in order to get the most of this time.
We’ve put together a short list.
5 important things to know when you travel in your 20’s
Depending on where you travel, cultural norms may not be common knowledge to you. Be sensitive to culture – wherever you are. Sometimes we get carried away with the excitement of exploring and we forget what can basically be described as good manners. For example, if you travel in India – it is polite to leave a small amount of food on the plate to indicate that you are full. Leaving your plate empty indicates that you are not fully satisfied. Do your research and ensure you know all the cultural norms of your chosen destination.
- The load less travelled
Take chances when considering your destinations and routes. This doesn’t mean that you have to take on the most obscure places; it simply means that you take on places that you wouldn’t normally go. Sometimes this can mean more commercial but equally exciting places like big cities such as Boston. Staying in Boston will offer any wide eyed traveller an awesome experience of culture, great food and exciting night life all steeped in a great history.
- Snooze ya loose
It sounds like a cliché but if the phrase Carpe Diem was ever applicable – it is in the case of travelling in your 20’s. The time is now, you are void of all responsibilities (generally speaking) no kids, no mortgage, no books and this is more freeing that you could ever possibly know at this time. So take chances and do things that scare you – eat food that you otherwise wouldn’t look at, go rock climbing – even if you hate heights and do not fear the unknown.
It’s always going to be hard. Budgeting for travel is difficult at the best of the times, let alone when your only real experience with budgeting is likely to come from your student days. Don’t underestimate the power of budgeting correctly. You’ll never get things to the penny, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
- Half time?
There is no shame in taking a travelling “break”. Some people will tell you “oh you’ll never go back” … well, yes you can – you can do whatever you want. Having a break to return home for financial reasons or other commitments is no issue. You can refuel and recharge and prepare for the road again. Don’t let other people define your travel parameters.
Whatever your plans for travel in your 20s, ensure you enjoy every moment and take every chance – you’ll need all this experience to help you with travel in your 30’s.