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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WHY COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOULD TRAVEL

"I'd rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff."

Traveling seems to be every college student's dream. We always tend to say things like, "Why does it have to be so expensive?" or "I wish I had time to travel!" And I completely get it. Money is scary, but we shouldn't let it determine our experiences.

Through the eyes of a "poor college student" it seems impossible to travel, but it really isn't. Try to pick a destination each year, whether it's domestic or international, and create a plan. While you may be living on each pay check you receive, budget your money, and start a savings (whether it's at a bank or in a mason jar!)

Traveling is so important, no matter what age you are or what income you make. In order to get the experiences and benefits traveling brings, you have to take a leap of faith.

There are so many benefits because of traveling, especially while you're young and in college. Here's some that might get you thinking.

1. You're young enough to be adventurous, but old enough to enjoy the world in it's full potential.
Traveling while you're young results in way more spontaneous and interesting experiences than when you're older and actually think rationally about every situation. You're more likely to bungee jump of the tallest bridge in the world or eat something completely scary, but you're old enough to appreciate the beauty each country and culture has to offer.

2. You can find yourself along the way.
While you're in college, finding who you truly are is common. So traveling when you're so open to new things, could result in potentially finding yourself along the way. When you're older, you are set and stone on the person you are and the influences of other cultures might not become a part of you or impact you the same way.

3. You have less responsibilities at home.
Sure, college students have responsibilities, but not nearly as much as grown adults. They have work calls they have to make, families to take care of, car and house payments... the list goes on and on. Why not travel the world when you don't have to worry about that stuff and can focus on the experiences?

4. Investing in travel is like investing in education.
When you travel, you learn so much from the people of your destination, which can broaden your horizons exponentially. Visiting museums and historical monuments allows you to learn the history as well. Traveling to any place in the world, whether it's 30 minutes away or 30 hours, is an education experience.

So travel. Travel far and travel wide. You deserve to experience all of the beauty the world holds and learn about the many different people in it as well as yourself.

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