I first started traveling when I was 24. I recently turned 34 and it got me thinking about if I enjoyed my travels more before or after I hit 30.
One thing I should say is that I have loved every second of it and would definitely persuade people to hit the road as soon as they can. But things change as we grow older and (supposedly) wiser. Our needs, bank balance and mindset all evolve as the years go by – all of these things will of course impact on the way we travel.
When I was thinking about whether travelling at 30 is better than travelling at 20, I thought of many positives for both. I have to say that travelling at 30 won convincingly. Here are 3 top reasons why travelling at 30 beats traveling at 20 in my opinion.
You’ve got more to spend
Ok, so this might not be the case 100% of the time, but on the whole people who are 30 do have more money to spend. I know that backpacking, watching every penny can be fun, but so is being able to afford things. You can stay in nicer places, avoid horrible bus journeys by flying, and also splash out on amazing tours and activities. Having more money to spend gives you peace of mind that you can participate in as little and as much as you want on your trip.
You know what you want
You’ve spent more time on the planet, learnt more and know what you want to see. At 20 if you’d ask me where I want to go I might have listed a load of different destinations, but when you’re 30 you have a much clearer idea of what it is you really want to do. You’ve read more, watched more and heard more from various different sources. So you have a clear idea of where you’re going, what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it.
You value experiences more
I am not saying that 20 year olds don’t value what they learn on the road, but when you hit 30 you really start to appreciate things much more. I think now that I will go back to some places that I have already seen, that’s because I think I didn’t spend as much time or appreciate them as much as I should have. We also have less time if we’re using our annual leave and not backpacking around the world. We’ll have been planning and working hard for months, so when we finally lay our eyes on the sights we’ve been waiting for it blows us away.
So come on guys, it’s your turn. Do you think traveling at 30 is better than traveling at 20? I cannot wait to hear your thoughts. Maybe you’d like to tell us the different experiences you had or how travel has changed for you between 20 and 30? Just put all of your thoughts down in the comment section below – I’m excited to hear what you have to say.