The Big Trip

In the 21st century, we millennials are under a lot of pressure. We have to go to the right college, then find the right job, then the right spouse, then the right graduate degree… Needless to say, it’s easy to get sucked into the rat race. Going on a trip will help you stay sane at whatever point in life you’re slogging through. It’s a great way to blow off steam and recharge your internal batteries for the next phase.

Everyone in their 20s should go on a big trip by themselves at least once. Here’s why:

Because it’s fun!

Let’s start with the obvious: fun, fun, fun, and did we already mentioned fun? Planning the trip of a lifetime for you (and only you) will give you something to look forward to and look back on for years.

Because there’s no time like the present!

Once you settle down you’ll have a lot more responsibilities that anchor you to where you are (think: partner, promotion, parenting). Now’s the time to go somewhere you’ve always wanted before the stakes are too high.

Because you will discover new things.

Going on a trip by yourself will expose you to so many new things that you might not experience if you go with your family or friends. You will meet new people (or reconnect with old friends), visit new places (or countries or continents - the world is your oyster), and experience new cultures.

Image credit: Adva Longin

Image credit: Adva Longin

Because it will challenge you.

No trip goes off without a hitch, but overcoming these obstacles will leave you with an immense feeling of pride. When you go home, you’ll be more ready to accept new challenges because you’ve pushed yourself out of your comfort zone.

Trips like this can help you gain the confidence to seek out that next workplace or personal achievement when you get back home.

Because you’ll learn more about yourself.

Maybe it’s a cliche, but it’s still true! You’ll reconnect with yourself and bring back that confidence (and those stories) to the rest of the people in your life.