There is no time to travel until after graduation, for several reasons. This is the only time in your life when you will probably be free to connect and have a long time to see the world. You will be able to take advantage of student discounts and stay in cheap dormitories, gain experience to help you find a job when you return, and can even help you transform into a corporate life!
Here are five reasons to travel after graduation.
You will have no connections
School is out for the summer – for some of you, school is out forever.
Here is a scenario: someone unmarried, has no mortgage, has just graduated, and their new job does not start until this fall. Hey, that’s you. What should you do if you are in this situation? Take full advantage of it and head out into the world!
Even if you feel that you have connections that keep you at home, you will probably still be able to see that your commitments will only increase as you get older. Once you start getting married and having children, it will be much more difficult to travel so that you can enjoy your freedom while you can.
No more discounts than 30 years
What kind of discounts can you get with these cards? When it comes to travel, you will be able to use the card to get discounts on accommodation, plane tickets, trips, activities and even souvenirs to bring home. It’s a good idea to pay the fee in advance to get one of these cards, as you’ll be able to save more money than you spent in a few weeks.
These discounts make the trip much more affordable and it’s worth keeping in mind that you won’t be able to grab any of these savings until you’re a senior traveler (and those aren’t as good as student discounts). Make the most of your age and enjoy the world at the lowest cost you can afford in a lifetime.
Travel increases your resume
It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. The journey expands the mind and matures the traveler and gives you desirable skill sets for future employers. There is a common myth that travel is a terrible thing to do for your employment prospects, but I have found the opposite to be true.
You will have fantastic communication skills from meeting people around the world – some of whom do not speak a word of English. In addition, you will be practicing in the languages spoken, allowing you to raise your level of proficiency on a job application.
Travel improves your planning skills, navigation skills, budgeting skills and more! Needless to say, don’t worry that travel will negatively affect your chances of finding a job when you return.
Pensions are made for students
The hostel may seem like a terrible prospect, but we promise they are very fun and perfect for students.
In hostels, you will find it incredibly easy to make friends and find travel companions and you will save a lot of money to opt for sleeping life. Pensions tend to attract travelers in the first twenty years, which makes it an even more pleasant environment.
And don’t worry – hostels are very safe. As safe as hotels, actually. The vast majority of guesthouses offer lockers to guests, so you can keep all valuables closed whenever you leave the home for a day. And let’s face it: it’s hard to steal something from a ten-bed home, simply because there will almost always be someone coming and going.
In addition, hostels offer much more than a cheap place to hang your backpack for the night. The hostel staff is a fantastic travel guide and will have lots of tips to give you about the city you are in, which is something you will rarely find in an expensive hotel.
Hostels have also put on tours and events for their guests, which is great for helping you make new friends and save money on activities. These trips are especially useful for solo travelers, as you will not have to pay for a single supplement as usual with travel companies. Tours are often led by hostel staff, which means you have a personal influence on your activities, rather than experiencing something more corporate.
Take advantage now of the huge world of homes where you will find life exactly as you like.
The journey helps you make the transition to the real world
At school, you are surrounded by people your age who have a lot in common, and your living and education expenses can be paid for by parents, loans, or scholarships. While you may have had to learn to work on a budget, get an apartment and even a job, the real world is not so real.
The journey makes the difference.
When you travel, you will meet people from all walks of life. You will learn communication skills when you meet someone who does not speak the same language as you. You will find the basics of everyday life, such as not getting lost, washing your clothes, understanding public transport and sending souvenirs home from abroad.
After learning how to work in an unknown place, the transition to corporate life in the US will be a piece of cake. Promise.