Why you should travel - And why there's no age limit

I recently came across an article on why you should travel in your 20’s – why you should travel young – and why that’s the best learning experience you will ever have. I myself am a firm believer that you should travel as often as you can. Because until you see another culture and race, you will not know what is out there. Traveling expands your horizon of approach and thinking. As the Dalai Lama once said:

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

I totally agree with the sentiment, but I have been thinking. Isn’t travel timeless? How can you put an age limit?  How is it that there’s a ‘best’ age to travel? These are just some of my thoughts.
  • Everyone has a different reason to travel. While some may travel to see a new place, some may travel just to escape life.
    • There's the one looking for a break from monotony
    • or the one with the itchy feet
    • or the one who wants to discover oneself
    • and then the explorer, or the adventure enthusiast
          So whether you’re fifty or twenty, it doesn’t matter.
  • Everyone is living a different story. While some may have been very lucky to be taken to new places as a kid, some may have had to work hard to just to buy a ticket.
  • While some believe that the younger you are when you travel, the more you will learn, some also think that there are those that will learn till they die. The forever learners.

Okay so what is this obsession with traveling in your 20s? Some of my thoughts – on why travel is timeless, and why you should nonetheless travel.

  • Traveling teaches you life lessons. It teaches you to introspect. And yes, it is awesome if you can understand this early on, however, sometimes, it’s good to have experienced the other side - making mistakes, losing someone, loneliness, failure – before you embark on a journey of life lessons.

  • Traveling often allows you to discover who you are, and who you are not. Self-discovery need not only mean ‘If you don’t travel, you will never know who you truly are’. Everyone’s route is different. While for some it may be back packing across Europe, for some, it may simply be writing. If you are worried that you may never get a peek inside your true self if you don’t travel, trust me, that’s not the case. So once you have met you, with whatever route you choose, you can choose to travel just for the joy of it – and that can be at 40, 50 or 60!
  • Traveling humbles you. You are but one person in a large pool of everything else that lives. You may find yourself surrounded by dunes of red sand, and you may think, I am so tiny, Crap! (I remember when I saw the sand dunes of the Thar desert for the first time, I went berserk) The feeling of being humbled is beautiful – essential even. But it’s okay to take your time to understand this. There’s no age limit.

“The further one goes, the less (he realizes he) one knows.” — Lao-Tzu

  • Travel makes you feel alive. It reminds you why you are living the other life – so that, every once in a while, you get to experience a foreign land. Each one of us needs, and wants to, feel invigorated – when work takes a toll on you, when life has been unfair to you, or just because. This is again not age specific, you need to feel alive even at 60!

So whatever your reason or story is, whether you're 20 or 40, pack your bag and go, because some place out there is waiting to mesmerize you and leave you spellbound! Do you agree ?

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1 comment

  1. I totally agree, "travel makes you feel alive." Everyone should visit some or the other places which has never been visited by him before. It helps you learn about new countries, cities, cultures and also helps the person to explore oneself in the process.

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