1. It will make you a more interesting person
So you’re 24 and starting to realise that your 16-year-old-self may be disappointed that you’re not on your way to becoming a successful [actor, writer, documentary maker…] and working as an information systems manager probably isn’t leading you any closer toward that path. You know what would make you a more interesting person? Travel.
Travel instantly gives you a catalogue of remarkable stories to tell. You can impress people back home with stories of how you ate guinea pig in Peru or how you got peed on in a hostel in Czech Republic by a drunk Londoner sleeping in the bunk above you. You’re no longer just an office worker or an occasional tourist. You’re a traveller who once got peed on.
2. Because you need more photos of sunsets
Travel is actually Latin for ‘the internet needs more travel blogs with pictures of sunsets.’ I personally love nothing more than googling sunset photos and getting off on every single one.
3. To find yourself
This is my all-time number one favourite reason people have to travel abroad. To. Find. Yourself. It might not make any fucking sense, but it sure has a nice ring to it.
4. Your ex has a new partner
There’s nothing more awful than running into your ex with his or her new partner who is hotter and richer than you. Go travelling and save yourself the humiliation.
5. Because you have some time to kill
You’re at that awkward nothing-age where you’re old enough to know the definition of belligerent but you still feel a slight awkwardness when you’re slipping it into a sentence. You have a year or two to kill before you need to scrounge up a better half, but you’ve already developed a taste for tequila shots. Travel is a great way to kill time because you can still do shit-all like you do back home, but people will envy you and you can feign accomplishment.