Travel while you still can

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Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells

Travel opens up so many doors, creates new opportunities, and leaves endless memories. Young and old desire to feel the spark that comes with traveling.
However, for those who are older, it is much more feasible than for the typical college student.
Although traveling in your early twenties may create a heavier financial burden, I believe that it is something that everyone should do at least once.
I know that traveling is expensive. I know that most of us are completely broke. But, we should all save up a little money and go to a place we have dreamed about.

There are ways to make that happen, and at an affordable rate too. You don’t have to stay at the fanciest hotels. We are in college. We can deal with something that isn’t five-star. And if the place you want to go is in the states, you can save massive amounts of money by road tripping it. It is cheaper and will just add to the experience.
Travel in your twenties is also a way of acting more grown up. I’m sure that most people have taken family vacations, but this is different. This is something that you plan. It can be with a friend, or a group of friends or even just by yourself.
And the best part about it is that you will enjoy the experience even more because you get to pick what sites you visit. This means not getting stuck in the Museum of Toilets for hours because your dad has to read all of the signs. Instead, you can skip that museum entirely.
Taking vacations early will give you more of an experience. In your twenties, you’re either in college or have just graduated. In the grand scheme of things, you have very few responsibilities.

You are most likely not a parent, which means that you don’t have to worry about your getaway turning into a family vacation.
You are also young and full of life. You will get the chance to stay out later and experience more of the nightlife. It also means that you’ll probably have more energy to make days longer and get the most out of each day.
If you don’t think that a real week-long vacation is doable, look into taking weekend trips in-state to a place you haven’t visited. Or you can get a cheap flight and fly somewhere one day and return the next.
Just go out and experience something that you haven’t done before. You don’t want to look back on your life and regret not having traveled.
So, find your bestie and plan a trip to take this summer. Get out there and explore the world.

Author: Katrina Wordell

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