Why I Travel Instead Of Study

I felt the pressure already a few months after graduating high school – you know that pressure, the pressure everyone gives you ‘to do something with your life’.

It didn’t really bother me back then, I just wanted to travel and enjoy life like everyone else.

Now, a few years later – 21 years old, I suddenly find myself being the only person I know who hasn’t gone back to study, or like they say themselves: “to do something with their lives”.

That’s just fine with me, but since I don’t do and feel the same as those around me, it really seems to bother them. They simply can’t understand why I don’t follow their path.

For me, there are 3 reasons WHY I travel instead of study…

1. I Want The Dream As My Reality

For me, there is no bigger regret than to regret what I never did.

Living without knowing what could have happened if I wouldn’t have chickened out, if I would have taken the safe way and studied to become something I didn’t ultimately want – would really kill me!

When we’re kids, we all have these big dreams of becoming pop stars and pilots, so why do we have to let ourselves be persuaded that we can’t do that?

And all this happens before we have even tried? From someone who never tried either?!

I don’t know what I want to be yet – and I refuse to start studying for any other reason than because I absolutely love the education and that it leads to something that I’m 100% passionate about, in other words, that it leads to my dream job.

Before that, why waste time jumping between educations when I can travel, explore and learn something real?

2. Choosing My Own Path

I believe that everyone has to create their own path in life, and as much as other people and society might disagree, you have to do what feels right to you.

And for me, travel is my call.

I don’t trust other people telling me what to do with my life and how to live it.

I think that by following other people’s advice when it comes to jobs and education, you will more often end up fulfilling someone elses dream, not your own.

I believe that the best way to find an education or profession that you love is by developing your hobby into one.

3. Better Education & Finding My Purpose

When you travel a whole new world opens up  – you see so many new opportunities, you get a chance to look around and see what is possible, new doors open up and you realize that the way they live life at home isn’t the only way.

I find that I’ve finally got some perspective on things, thanks to the past two years of full-time traveling.

I really think that traveling is the best way to find out what you want to do and how you want to live your life.

My grandmother thinks that people travel because they’re restless, that they can’t be happy with life just as it is, that they’re unhappy.

If only she knew how much you learn by traveling, how many life skills you learn that nobody ever teaches you at school or at home.

Everyone I know who has traveled says that they learned more in one year of traveling than they ever did in 4 years of studying.

Most importantly, they learn what LIFE really means – and it was never about “having an education”…

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