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Traveling is one of the greatest experiences you can have. Experiencing different traditions, cultures, and breathing foreign air can be life-changing. Many people spend their whole lives waiting to travel the world, but they shouldn’t. The best time to travel isn’t later in life, it’s when you are in your 20s:

More Independence

Most people in their 20s are just starting out in life and probably haven’t started a family yet. Trying to go away with kids, whether leaving them at home with someone or taking them along with you, can be a hassle. In your 20s, you don’t have to worry about that. It’s much easier to take a trip without having to worry and you’ll have much more independence. If you don’t have kids, take advantage of the opportunity to be spontaneous.

Fewer Financial Responsibilities

When you’re older, you will have financial responsibilities such as mortgage, child expenses, or larger bills that come with age. In your 20s, you don’t have that financial responsibility holding you back. It will be easier to set aside a savings account specifically for traveling and not have to worry about other bills getting in the way.  At this point in your life, you’ll be able to afford these kinds of splurges.

Take Advantage of Time

In the future, it will be harder to travel. There will be less time to dedicate to traveling. A lot of people put off traveling until they are retired, but this is a mistake. Use the best of your youth and the time you have now to travel. When you’re older, there will be unforeseen circumstances and obligations keeping you from all the places you have always wanted to travel to. Take advantage of the time and freedom you have now.

Experience New Cultures

The world is enormous with cultures and traditions spread across a vast collection of countries. Chances are, you are only familiar with your own. When you travel to new countries, you are able to explore new cultures. In your travels, you will learn different social rules, ways to communicate, and have a new insight into how real people experience the world around them. This kind of experience will change your entire perspective and views of the world. It’s an exploration that can only be had through traveling.

Take the opportunity to travel in your 20s because this is the perfect time to do it.  With fewer responsibilities, more financial freedom, and the advantage of time, there is nothing stopping you.