As the warmer months approach, this ignites visions of a leisurely day under the sun in some island in the tropics. If the island life isn’t your thing, perhaps getting lost in the streets of Venice is your kind of dream vacation.
Traveling, to some, may put some strain on your finances. Although there are many ways to make your travels less expensive, it still needs money nonetheless.
But looking at it, traveling can bring about essential life experiences and learnings.
According to a study, traveling is an inherent human trait because of a specific gene. This gene, called the “wanderlust gene”, is said to cause increased levels of curiosity and a desire for adventure.
Another study suggests that the human ability to explore is part of the complexity of our being. Our brains and limbs are designed to get us moving from one place to another.
Whichever of the two is true, there are people who cannot sit still and their hunger for adventure just cannot be contained.
Perhaps, there are good reasons why one travels. And we’ve asked some millennials about why traveling is beneficial to the body, mind, and soul.
“It maintains a healthy work-life balance.”
– Angela, 26, Human Resources Officer
Work can often get you drained and exhausted. Stress can be so burdensome that it can affect your creativity and productivity. Travelling allows you some “me-time” or a private time with a significant other. It gives you a sense of “physical distance” away from the common stressful environment at work.
Harold, 26, a graphic designer, has the same thought. He travels to “to refresh [his mind and body] and get out of the routine.” Travelling allows curiosity and creativity to flow freely. This gives him a break from the routinely professional life and brings fresh ideas to help him with his work.
“Traveling exposes you to cultural diversity, giving way to being more accepting of others.”
– Gaston, 27, Architect
Exploring exposes you to different people, places and culture. It broadens your perspective. If you are open and willing to travel, you become a more well-rounded person.
“Travel broadens your horizons and changes your perspective of life”, Sinjin, a travel blogger in his mid-20s, said. With this being said, it helps you relate better with other people. If can be beneficial to both your professional and personal relationships.
Carl, a 29-year-old nurse, believes that when he travels he becomes a more learned person. “You get life lessons on the streets raw.” Although he said that a person’s financial capacity should be taken into consideration, it is impossible to never actually travel even once in your life.
“[To] travel is like reading books but more physical and exciting. There are more pages to read, characters to know and stories to live.”
– Ethelbert, 37, Lawyer and Professor
As serious as his life may sound as an attorney and school of law professor, Ethelbert makes it a point to discover other places. Traveling is both humbling and empowering. It helps you take on new challenges; gives you new stories to tell.
“It is different experiencing the world than looking at these places in magazines alone.” A 27-year old artist, Lawrence, loves to travel. As a photographer, he takes scenic pictures but he admits that there is just beauty in personally seeing and basking in the world’s wonders.
“It allows you to learn more about yourself.”
– Thomas, 34, self-employed
It enables self-discovery and self-growth. It allows you to learn skills that you’ve never thought you had. Travelling brings them to the surface. It can spark new interest you can learn more about.
Seeing the world helps you move from one stage of your life into another. It can improve the way you see yourself and your vision of reality.
And ultimately, traveling is…
“…really just to appreciate life!”
– Carolyn, 28, Business Manager and Entrepreneur
Life is an adventure! Life is not always about work, work, work. In order to enjoy life, you just need to take a quick break and embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
It is expensive to travel – or is it not?
While it is partially true, there are many ways to fund your travel that won’t leave you broke.
Loans Make it More Affordable
A personal loan has a wide range of uses, including funding your dream vacation. For a person who is on a budget, this is a much easier way to finance your travels.
It is even way better than using credit cards. The rates in personal loans are way lower than in credit cards. People who are planning for “the trip of a lifetime” can make use of this funding.
Because it is simpler and quicker, many choose this type of loan than a secured loan. Personal loans can be as much as $35,000. But for cheaper travels, you can loan as low as $5,000. With payments that come regularly, you can make manageable payments.
If you’re worried about assets, worry not. Since these loans are “unsecured”, lenders won’t look for collaterals they can repossess if you fail to pay your dues.
You can always learn more about personal loans by talking to different lenders. They can help you find ways to finance your trip of a lifetime.
Tapping onto a ‘Travel Community’
One trend now is called “couchsurfing”. It is an international travel community where it allows you to meet and stay with locals where you want to go. Accommodations are cheaper and you get to have an authentic experience with people nearby, locals and travelers alike. What’s good about it is it works just like the usual social media site, where you can check out couchsurfers’ accounts before actually meeting them.
Instead of booking a tour, try going local. This is quite a trend for millennials. Gone are the days where you just sit in a coaster as it roams you ‘round each tourist stop. The more adventurous opts to take the local transportation. Armed with a map and your sheer sense of curiosity, you’ll take the road less traveled.
But before this, you need to do some homework making sure you still remain safe and far from getting really lost in a foreign land. Tap on to local guides who have clear credentials to help you in your quest.
Traveling in small groups
Another good way to save when traveling is to travel in small groups. This way, you can share rooms and divide the cost among yourselves. You can share food, car rental and just about anything you can think of. Traveling with people you know also gives you that sense of security even when you are in places you haven’t been to before. And did I mention, traveling together helps improve relationships?
While “Often” may not always be a viable option, giving yourself a break and traveling every once in awhile can help you holistically. You’ll never know what lies ahead. And while planning is key, leave room for some excitement. After all, traveling is more fun without a plan.