You’ve probably heard that millennials love travelling. Actually, a recent survey by MMGY Global evaluates that millennials will travel 35% more this year. So yeah, apparently we – millennials love to travel. But is it actually good?
I know that seeing an article which is explaining why you shouldn’t travel (especially in your 20’s) sounds nuts. I could agree with that. With all the “you should ditch your job and go travel the world” or “become a professional traveller” bullshit, I bet this article will look really off the rails at the beginning but hear me out. Please.
Millennials will travel 35% more this year.
I’m really not against travelling. I really like it but I truly believe it’s not for everyone. Also having a nice holiday here and there, to celebrate some huge milestones (like graduating from Uni or getting married) sound really good.
Also, forgot to mention. This is about travelling abroad.
You’re Not Mature Enough
Please don’t take it as an insult. Actually admitting you are not mature enough to travel is a very mature thing.
You’ve just graduated and you’re full of energy and you want to change the world. Well… first see it and after that maybe change it. But are you actually ready? Do you know how to plan your spending and not starve on your third day on the road? Are you cultural sensitive, do you feel weird when there are only ‘tiny, yellow people’ around you?
And most importantly… do you know how to make the most out of your journey (that does not include spending an hour trying to get that perfect Instagram picture when you’re feeling miserable)?
You Don’t Have the Time
If my math is correct, chances are you’re already close to your mid 20’s when you graduate from Uni (around 22 or 24 if you go to a 5-year programme). That period is quite stressful by itself with all the exams and trying to build a career and also trying to figure it out what the hell life is about.
Squeezing some travelling during a summer break could be the holiday of your lifetime. But… do you really have the resources to travel for three months in your early 20s, when you basically don’t have an income of your own?
You’ll be Missing Out
Freshly graduated with high hopes and dreams, trying to build your dream career.
You won’t build that dream career if you’re not actually working on it. If you’re travelling the world you’ll miss out a very good time to make yourself noticed by your dream company. Your work-skills will get outdated. Not to mention that freshly graduated have higher changes of getting internships.
Also, you might need the money to travel. Just sayin’.
If traveling is in your blood, you’ll find that job that will also include quite some travelling, don’t worry.
Travelling is not for free
Yeah… you should really get that job first. Travelling on Mommy’s money is not as fun as travelling on your own. Trust me.
Also, don’t let yourself lured in the influencer lifestyle vortex. People are not giving free food and accommodation because you have a few thousands of followers on Instagram. They will have tons of requests and if you don’t comply, there might be a legal battle on your way that might cost you more than a few days for accommodation.
It Can be Dangerous
And I’m not talking about the terrorist attacks are happening around Europe lately. The danger is everywhere. I’m talking about the fact that it can turn out to do more harm than good.
We get this illusion that travelling is great and it can help you discover yourself and so on. While I do believe that, because I’ve experienced it on my own skin, for some people it can be the worst thing ever.
If you’re afraid of flights, have anxiety and can’t stand to be in crowded places, chances are that a trip will be more stressful than relaxing for you. Also travelling for long periods of time can cause depression.
It Will Not Change Your Life
Because we see a lot of things while we’re scrolling through our Facebook feeds, we automatically think travelling is amazing and it will change us. It could change you or it could not. It could change you into a completely different person that your loved one used to know. Just because some people experienced travel in a certain way, it doesn’t mean it will be the same for you.
If you’ll go just for the sake of it (and some really pretty insta pics) you won’t get the actual essence of travelling.
More Important Things Come First
I’m not talking about getting married or having kids. But figuring your life out first would be nice.
Also getting some work experience in your CV will ensure you can still find a job you like when you come back from a 2-year hiatus.
Also, experiment a little with your finances: how can you spend and save money, are you actually good at it?
Fun fact, millennials are actually the generation which is saving the most according to Merrill Edge Report.
You’re Not a Sheep
If you see a cute couple on Facebook telling how they both ditched their corporate jobs and now are travelling the world for a few years, it doesn’t mean you have to do the same. If lots of people seem to love travelling, it doesn’t mean you also have to love it. If it doesn’t float your boat, that is just fine.
Just ditch the FOMO and do things on your way.
So do all these mean travelling is bad? No, no way! Done and enjoyed properly, travelling can be truly remarkable.