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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 July 10, 2020

                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                    Boundaries are limits

                    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                    • When do you feel disrespected?
                    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                    • When do you want to be alone?
                    • How much space do you need?

                    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                    Sample language:

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                    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                    Final Thoughts

                    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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