With your college degree in hand, you’re ready to move forward with your life. The future is bright. But while the majority of your classmates are applying for jobs and getting ready to start their careers, you might have different plans for your life.
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Although you know that you’ll eventually have to get a job, for now, you have your heart set on traveling. After all you wouldn’t want to quit your job later in life to pursue your dream of travelling the world. Others may not understand your decision, but there are reasons why traveling after college is better than getting a job.
1. You're Free
If you’re graduating college without a spouse or children, and you only have to take care of yourself, you’ve got nothing holding you back. Why not take this time to travel and enjoy new experiences before settling down in a career? If you don’t take advantage of this opportunity now, it might be harder once you start working and have a family.
2. You Don't Have Many Expenses
Although you might have student loans after graduating college, some federal loans give graduates a grace period, where repayment doesn’t start until six months after graduation. Plus, there’s the option of deferring repayment for a longer period. If you’re still living at home and you don’t have a lot of expenses, this is the best time to travel. Others might say you have the rest of your life to travel. But the truth is, finding the time and money to travel gets harder once you begin accumulating stuff. The majority of your cash will go toward earning a living, leaving little disposable income for fun.
3. You'll Improve Your Budgeting Skills
Traveling after college is doable if you’ve saved up your money while completing your degree. Since you won’t have a job while traveling, you’ll need to budget your money carefully to ensure there’s enough cash for food and accommodation. Therefore, traveling after college provides hands-on experience in money management and budgeting, which can prove beneficial once you start working and managing a household.
4. You'll Become an Asset to Employers
If you’re fortunate enough to travel to different countries, there’s the opportunity to learn about different cultures, interact with different people and possibly become proficient in another language.
With these skills, you become an asset to employers. Learning a different language comes in handy if you apply for a job with a company that conducts business overseas and needs bilingual employees. And learning about different cultures and people will make it easier to get along with different personalities in the workplace.
5. You'll Develop Your Character
Traveling after college gives you an opportunity to further grow as an adult and build your character. As a college student, you were likely dependent on your parents -even if you lived on campus. Additionally, you spent four or five years in school surrounded by familiar faces and peers your own age. Traveling helps you establish your own identity and rely on yourself. Being in a new place without a safety net can be frightening, but it also forces you to step outside your comfort zone and become a more independent, confident person.
6. You Can Reflect on Your Life
Some young adults know exactly what they want to do after college, and they’re ready to start their careers. If your degree opens the door to many different opportunities, yet you haven’t decided which path to take, take time off to discover yourself. Between completing your degree and working, you probably didn’t have a lot of time for self-reflection. Traveling has an amazing way of reducing anxiety and rejuvenating our minds. There’s plenty of time to think about your life and the direction you want to take. And as you move from city to city, you might find a new place to call home.
7. You'll Experience New Things
Young adults are energetic and adventurous, which makes traveling after college the best time. You can backpack through Europe and experience staying in a hostel, go white-water rafting or zip lining, or take a cross-country train trip in the U.S. and stop in different cities along the way. These types of adventures might not be as appealing as you become older, so have fun while you’re young and healthy. Traveling after college gives you new experiences and memories you’ll remember forever.
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After college might be the only time in your life where you’re free to travel and explore. You can take the next six months or year to enjoy yourself, and then settle into a career for the next 30 years.