Are You Young and Broke Yet Wish To Travel The World?
Here's a famous saying by Anthony Bourdain - “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”
For those in their early 20s, life seems like one complex riddle to be solved! Stepping out of college, youngsters are mostly clueless about where to step next. Taking a decision seems pretty difficult, more so when your wishes differ from that of your parents' expectations. But if you have a heart that calls for wanderlust, then trust me - don't hold yourself back!
Flap your wings and aim to fly high - everything else can happen later in life, but this time, if gone, will never be back! Due to the lack of travel funds and managing a busy flourishing career, most young adults usually come up with a variety of reasons and excuses for not getting to travel. But, little do they know, that traveling when young can be quite rewarding and beneficial for them, in a lot of different ways.
For the ones who have just passed out of college and are almost broke, traveling might appear to be a difficult dream to pursue - but in reality, it's not as difficult as it seems. It all depends on us - how we wish to shape things, and the rest eventually falls into place. Being a traveler myself, I know that the adrenaline rush is hard to be kept under control and once bitten by the travel bug, our soul cries for more. Let's find out how the young and the penniless can set out and travel across the world.
Apply for an exchange program abroad
This would probably be one of the best options to travel abroad, and easy to convince parents as well. There are several foreign exchange programs and you can do some research on the internet, to find out which program suits you the best. This would be an incredible opportunity for you to gain a new perspective on life while learning different languages, meeting new people, and appreciating the importance of multicultural diversity. Exchange programs would not only give you a chance to travel abroad, but you can also earn a monthly stipend! Now, what more can one ask for?
Work part-time/ freelance and earn to fund your travels
Once you hit your 20s, you should stop expecting everything from your parents. After all, they have done so much for you since birth, now why should they pay when you can earn for yourself? Look for part-time work offers or freelancing opportunities where you can earn while still in college. By the time your course ends, you'll have a good saving to fund your travels. Being financially independent will boost your confidence and you'll not have to ask your parents for funding your dreams.
Travel abroad to visit a friend or a relative
Surely, we all know someone or the other from the family/ friend's circle who has moved abroad and settled there. This is your chance to pay a visit to that person! Once the cost of accommodation and food is slashed down, you just need to bear the expenses for your travel - and that can be managed if you plan effectively and work for it. If this is the first time you're traveling abroad, then your worries for safety will also be reduced as you know there's always someone in this new country who can help you out.
Look for internships/ volunteering opportunities abroad
If you plan to volunteer or intern, then start looking for opportunities abroad - somewhere away from your residential country - so that you get the work experience while satisfying your itchy feelings for traveling. Volunteer work/ internships are a good way to make adequate use of your skills as well as to gain new skills from your peers. You'll also get to broaden your network by connecting with people from different countries of the world. Volunteering will also add a sense of satisfaction to your life as you'll contribute towards the development of the society. Find out programs that align with your interests and preferences. Google can help you a lot in this regard. Do proper research by plunging into the endless pool of information that's available online and find out what suits you best.
Sell off old things/ unwanted goods or crowdfund for your trip
There must be hundreds of books that are gathering dust on the bookshelves and dresses that you don't plan to wear again - how about selling them off? There are several websites where you can sell your old yet usable items, and they can actually help you earn quite a bit. Check proper deals and sell them! You can also crowdfund for your trip - but for that, you need to have a clear concept of the idea that you would have to pitch in order to raise money. Convince people about why this journey is important for you and how you see this adding more values to your life.
Uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, and others would surely come forward to contribute if they understand your point properly. Remember that the main this is 'planning', no matter what you do. Without a proper plan and research, traveling around the world might not be an easy thing to do.
And if planned well, there can never be a better way to learn and experience the real taste of life. As I said earlier, the 20s is the best time to stretch your limits and set out for discovering the unknown.
Let nothing hold you back.