1 You’re always thinking about the next holiday
If you’re the type to get back from a holiday in Florida, walk into work two weeks later on a Monday morning and think, ‘fuck Monday’s, when’s my next week off again?’, then you need to travel. Travelling to the destination you’ve always talked about can open your eyes to the fact that there are so many places to go and different jobs and lives to lead.
Taking that extended break rather than the odd week here and there can give you chance to take the longer break from work that you desperately need.
2 smalls things are irritating beyond belief
This may seem a bit trivial, but if your starting to feel like everyday patterns such as the journey to work, your particular order of caramel latte every morning or the ‘headphones commute’ to work is become overwhelming, you need to travel. You will realise that other societies and people can be completely different to the one you may experience presently.
Many people are incredibly social and welcoming, cities are polluted or beautiful beyond belief and everyday can be a new experience altogether. It may even make you appreciate those little pet hates once you return.
3 You’re not satisfied in your career
If you’ve been working in the same career for a number of years and it turns out it hasn’t been the glamorous life that you envisaged, then travelling can give you the break you need.
Backpacking can give you that recharge in your personal batteries that you may not be able to back home and give you a fresh outlook on life. Take the time to volunteer, perhaps teaching or wildlife conservation. You might realise that you love working with children and change your career when you return home.
4 You don’t know yourself well enough
Travelling for even a couple of months will tell you more about yourself than you ever knew. If you’re the type that is less confident that will change, decision making will become easy, you will be able to relax and enjoy the most hectic environment, take part in adrenaline filled activities you never thought you would and meet lifelong friends at the same time.
5 You’ve never been travelling before
Never been? Why not go now? Once you get to the age of 22 there is never the ‘perfect’ time to go travelling. Careers, friends, family, relationships, mortgages and goodness knows what else always get in the way. But that shouldn’t be a reason not to go. You’re never too old to go on a new adventure and if anything the older you get the more important it is to do.
It’s hard to leave a job or life behind for 6 months, but don’t live in regret by not doing so.