Why travelling is one of the best things young people can do

Whether you’re gearing up for university or graduate life, you should definitely consider the idea of travelling. Before delving into the hectic reality of having a full time job, it is definitely worth taking time out to travel and immerse yourself in a life-changing experience, and it could be one of the best things you ever do.

If your friends’ Instagram photos of travelling through Europe and dreamy white beaches weren’t enough to convince you, then perhaps this guide will.

Luckily for you, we’ve teamed up with Contiki to give you all the best reasons why travelling can well and truly change your life, as well as the opportunity to win an awesome European trip for two!

Culture

Travelling is one of the BEST ways to open your eyes to exciting new cultures and customs. By fully immersing yourself within another country’s way of life, you develop new perspectives that allow you to see life in a whole new way. You can pick up habits, rituals and phrases that can wholly enrich your entire outlook!

Why not try the Danish cultural concept of ‘hygge’ that’s currently taking the UK by storm? Hygge refers to the recognition of a special feeling or moment either with friends or alone that feels particularly cosy, special or snug. Like a warm hot chocolate in a cosy cafe whilst sheltering from the cold streets of Copenhagen!

Pushes you out of your comfort zone

Experiencing the ‘unknown’ of a new country really pushes you out of your comfort zone. This can be a hugely beneficial thing. Having to speak to new people in a language you may not know particularly well not only develops your confidence, but also your ability to talk to anyone, anywhere! Whilst you might dread going into a French bakery and asking in a terribly British accent ‘Bonjour….*urm* Je voudrais une… baguette, s'il vous plaît?’, the act of doing so will really boost your self-assurance when talking both in French and even in your native language!

By pushing you beyond your normal bounds you also become infinitely more able to adapt to the unpredictable! The beauty of travelling is it’s ability to surprise. So in the future when an employer asks you the dreaded ‘give me a time you solved a problem’ question, you can tell them all about the time you single handedly navigated your way home from the centre of Budapest in a storm that paralleled the apocalypse when public transport had stopped and taxis weren’t taking anyone! Hey presto, you’re hired.

The people you meet

You will meet some of the most interesting, wonderful and quirky people whilst travelling.

Travelling through different countries will introduce you to some incredible characters. From all walks of life, you’re bound to meet hilarious people with amazing stories of a lifetime spent doing the unimaginable. Meeting new people builds confidence and helps you develop the skill of being able to talk to anyone… a skill you’ll want when Freshers week rolls around and it’s just you and your really silent flatmate in the kitchen.

Not only this, but you’ll meet people from many different countries, giving you someone to visit and somewhere to stay the next time you decide to go travelling… perfect.

Independence

For most people, travelling is one of the first times spent (very far away) from the omniscient glare of the parental watch. And whilst that might be a little daunting, it’s also pretty exciting. Without mum and dad there to tell you what to do, your independent streak really begins to shine through.

From the off, your organisational skills will thrive as you’re tasked with managing daily activities, checking in and out of your accommodation and making sure you have all the right currencies for where you’re travelling!

Your ability to understand the value of money will also come into play pretty quickly. You’ll be tallying up how much everything costs, seeing what you can and can’t afford, helping you to understand exactly how budgeting works.

You’ll definitely come back feeling a lot more confident in your ability to stand on your own 2 feet.

Life skills

You don’t learn important life skills in the classroom, you learn them by going out and doing. Travelling the world undoubtedly instills within you some of the most important life skills, not least the ability to pack everything you need in the smallest bag possible (very handy when it comes to university… take it from the girl who tried to pack her entire wardrobe into an interrailing bag, you learn fast).

You learn that less is more; you only need the bare minimum to both survive and enjoy yourself.

So really, why not travel? It is genuinely and undoubtedly one of the most amazing, enriching and truly insightful things you can possibly do. With the opportunity to win an awesome European trip for two with Contiki, you really don’t have any excuse!

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