We have all heard the saying 'money comes and goes'... So why is it so hard for many of us to make the decision to save or travel?
Have you ever played one of those ice breaker games where you get asked to list something you love or you’re passionate about? And then funnily enough majority, if not all people will mention that they love traveling.
I mean pretty much everyone I know has travelled either overseas or domestic, with insurance or without insurance or by themselves or with a company. But what is it about travelling that gets so many of us excited? Is it the opportunity to do something different? Is it that you can pretend to be someone totally different to your ‘usual’ self?
Here's a quote that really sums up what I am about to explain...
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett
Despite all of us having personal experience with knowing the benefits of travel, it begs the question “Should I travel or should I save my money?”
For me, I think I have a clear approach to this question. I have had the privilege of traveling in my few years and experiencing different cultures. I’ve had doors opened for me and I’ve built up my self-confidence to open some of my own doors in life. So I want to share with you some of my thoughts and views on this grand old question…
Yet we should all firstly ask ourselves some very important questions before we make the decision to become a vagabond or to keep our dosh safe in our piggy banks.
1. Think about your priorities in life
Many of my friends straight out of high-school decided to take a gap year. Many others, including myself, decided to go straight to university to study. If you know that you want to save money on a car, a home loan, a new pair of shoes or maybe the new GoPro… Go right ahead! There is nothing wrong with picking either of the two options or doing something completely different.
Just consider that we are now influenced in a materialistic society. There is s all these new hype products and gadgets that we have been accustomed to believing that it will lead to happiness. I guess it could make us question what is the meaning of life and what makes us truly happy. However, would putting yourself into a completely new country or city allow you to grow more as a person? Or would saving your money for something help you reach your life goals sooner rather than later.
There is this cliché quote that is somewhat true:
"Travel is the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer" – Anonymous
2. Age is never a deciding factor
There're so many great reasons to travel while you’re young. There was this really great blog I read earlier in the week titled ‘Advice from 30 year old me to 20 year old me’ that I highly recommend you have a read of.
It doesn’t matter if you’re 16, 22, 30 or in your 50’s – at any age, there is always some benefit to achieve from travelling. So never feel like you need to save for years and years to have this life-changing experience. You can have that at any age, anytime and at any location.
3. Consider finding experience through travelling
You + travelling = work + potentially earning money
It’s simple math (sort of) but many of us forget that we can do exactly that.
Take, for example, me! I'm currently in Melbourne doing an internship for a Sydney-based tech startup. Recently, a friend of mine is moving to Dubai for the next 12 months to work at Legoland after living in Melbourne for most of her life.
We're not trying to boast or anything, but more show you that opportunities are everywhere and you just need to be willing to go out and find them.
4.Do short-trips (It’s better than no trip at all)
If nothing else works, travel regardless. Compromising is always an alternative if you can't get months off of work or if you're on a tight budget. Just having the chance to travel is more than worth it even if that means only one day, a few weeks or months on end - seize any and all opportunities before you.