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14 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

14 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

Whether you are a worker or a student, traveling should be one of the top priorities when you’re young as travel not only increases your knowledge about new lands, it also helps you improve skills and find experiences which you cannot get from books or schools.

  1. Independence

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    You’ll recognize just how dependent you are on your family when you travel away from your hometown by yourself or with friends. In such cases, you will be forced to learn how to take care of yourself and to fix your own troubles, which will actually make you more independent.

    1. Save money

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      When you are still young, you don’t always  pay attention to where you sleep. You can sleep anywhere such as on a table, in a chair or in a cramped hostel room and so on. However, when you are older, you’ll think more about which is the best place to stay where you will feel most comfortable and in luxury. Therefore, you’ll spend more money on a hotel room. This is a good reason why you should travel right now when you care more about the travel experiences than the luxury of the accommodations.

      1. Healthy lifestyle

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        Entering professional life, you will soon recognize that life is a series of never-ending pressure. Hence, you need a trip to help you “escape” from all the noise and stress of real life. Furthermore, while you visit beautiful landscapes with a lot of interesting and enjoyable activities, you’ll feel more relaxed. It is the ideal way to “refresh” yourself and get new interesting ideas for your work to implement when you get back.

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        1. Physical strength

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          Most people concentrate on earning money when they are young and think that they will travel when they have more money. In fact, traveling when you are young and old are totally different experiences because when you are younger you can undertake adventure sports such as scuba diving, rock climbing, skydiving, bungee jumping, etc.

          These kinds of activities are best enjoyed when you have the best health and enthusiasm for them. If you don’t do all such things when you are still young, you will surely regret the missed opportunities when you are older and have health problems that prevent you from doing whatever you like. Therefore, travel whenever you can.

          1. Explore

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            When considering the number of things you want to do with life, you will see that the life is too short. Furthermore, you cannot know what will happen next week/month or year. Hence, take your backpack and visit new lands, as early as possible. Explore the whole wide world!

            1. Enhancing knowledge

            Traveling not only helps you feel better by relieving stress, it also improves your knowledge and skills. When traveling, you will get a lot of useful experiences which you cannot learn from any school.

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            You will improve your confidence and negotiation skills when you have less money as you have to try to persuade local people for overnight stays or meals at lower rates. In addition, after the journey, you will get to learn so much about the land, it’s culture, and people.

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              1. Explore yourself

              If you are having trouble with the direction of your life or difficulties in making important decisions in your life, the trip may help you see the whole problem from another angle. During the trip, you will be inspired by the people and places you see. This may help you find the answers you are looking for, what you want to be and how to achieve your goals.

              1. Learning how to control your money

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                Traveling is not only a good way to satisfy your own passion but also a chance to learn how to balance your finances.

                If you spend more money than you earn, you will quickly realize the harm of it while traveling. Nothing can be worse than running out of money while traveling especially when you are staying in a new land and you don’t know anyone. In fact, expenditure management skills are not hard to learn and you will quickly perceive this on the journey.

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                1. Admire places before they get affected by climate change

                As you know, the planet is getting hotter as the time passes, so a lot of places in the world are being affected by climate changes which destroy their beauty. Therefore, you should travel as soon as you can to admire their beauty.

                1. No ties

                When you are still young, you don’t have any ties other than your parents. If you can afford it, you can spend 4-5 months or even a year on travel as you don’t need to worry about savings, family or children. If you are short on cash, learn to travel on a low budget or you can even try to earn some local money in places you visit to further fund your traveling expenses. Do some errands in return for free meals or boarding. Enjoy the freedom to live as you please!

                1. Expansion of sight

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                  If you stay at home and read a book, you will not know that life in outside is so beautiful and charming. Of course, I cannot deny that you can learn almost anything from books but the real experience will give you more sights from different angles including the good and the bad things of an issue.

                  Furthermore, when you feel the new destination with all 5 senses, you will get more interesting and unforgettable memories than when you read a book or see the place on TV.

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                  1. Time

                  You are young now but that’s not forever. Time doesn’t wait for anyone, so you should travel when you are young and blessed with the highest passion and health.

                  1. Health

                  If you are a food lover, you should try eating all the famous dishes in the places you visit. Travelling will help you adapt to new places with different weather conditions and time zones. In addition, while traveling, you have to walk a lot which will help your heart in particular and your health in general.

                  1. Make new friends

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                    Besides the advantages to your health and your life, traveling will help you make more friends with people from other lands. When you visit a new country, you will get many chances to make friends with the local people who interact with you on the trip. This also ensures you don’t feel alone in the new land you are exploring.

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                    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                    • (1) Research
                    • (2) Deciding the topic
                    • (3) Creating the outline
                    • (4) Drafting the content
                    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                    • (6) Revision
                    • (7) etc.

                    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                    2. Change Your Environment

                    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                    6. Get a Buddy

                    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                    Reality check:

                    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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