Travel Realistically In Your 20’s

I honestly can’t stand all of the articles I read that are like “You’re in your 20’s! Quit your job and open up an ice cream shack in the Bahamas!” or “Don’t worry about getting a job – backpack through Europe and find yourself!”

Come on, I live with my parents and barely saved any money in college. I need a job and can’t just up and go anywhere without money therefore I need that job. Also, I really like where I live – why do I need to go live somewhere completely foreign to me just because I’m in my 20’s?

Most of the things I read are so unrealistic. They make me feel bad because I’m not a free spirit obsessed with wanderlust.

But there are some realistic things you can do and should do in your 20’s and travel is one of them! Just not to that extreme.

You’re working your first real job and living at home. You’re saving more money than you’ve ever saved and spend a majority of your time at work. You don’t live with your friends anymore and only see them on occasion. The time after graduating college is your first real and true taste of monotony.

So you need to break it up. Chances are, you don’t have a party planned every weekend. Chances are, you spend a lot of weekends alone doing nothing. It’s just the circumstances. I don’t think you need to fill every weekend to the brim with fun and friends – but you should take advantage of this open time.

You can travel locally. Go to a different state you’ve never been to before, you don’t even have to stay overnight if you don’t have the cash! Or go to a different country – Canada and Mexico border the United States and you’re probably not too far from either. Go for a weekend, do some research, and make it cheap!

Go on a road trip, you’ve probably never even seen your own country! You get paid vacation time now, you need to take advantage of it. Yea, you could take off a week around the holidays to hang out with your family. Or you could go on a kick ass vacation. And if you plan it right, you can totally afford it!

Even if you can’t travel – you need to do something new. Jump in the ocean in the winter. Run a marathon. Learn a new hobby – bake or knit or paint! Don’t let your life become the 9-5 bore that you dreaded all four years of college.

Everyone always says “do it while you’re young.” Well, now’s that time! Sure – a lot of things seem impossible. Up and moving to Hawaii or traveling through Australia for months. They’re fun ideas, but way out of reach. Find the things that are within your reach and grasp them. Instead of blowing $50 or more at the bar you always go to, put it towards a new experience. You’re in your 20’s, you’re resourceful and able, take advantage of it.

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55 thoughts on “Travel Realistically In Your 20’s

  1. Exploring in your 20’s doesn’t always mean on foot. Sometimes its exploring who you are by, as you suggested, trying new things. If you’ve never painted before, how do you know you’re not amazing at it?

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      1. I’d do Montreal over Toronto, because of the cultural differences (it’s like a little France in Canada)…but if you decide Toronto, I’m happy to give you recos of what to do/eat/see if you like (since I live here). I’d recommend Vancouver or Halifax over either of those, though – the coasts are fab!

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  2. YES. These bloggers who travel the world without a care must be fortunate enough to not have student loans or not have any health issues whatsoever that would require health insurance. They can’t possibly have regular jobs, because most jobs for post grads give about 2 weeks vacation starting out. I figure most travel bloggers have wealthy parents who paid for their degrees and fund their little “adventures” and the bloggers earn some spending money with side jobs while they travel. It’s not realistic for most people and it’s kind of patronizing to read these articles about how I’m “wasting my youth” by having a 9-5 job. They also assume that traveling is the single most fulfilling thing in life, which also isn’t true for everyone!

    I agree that smaller weekend trips can also be exciting and they also happen to be easier on the wallet!

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  3. You are so grounded for being a 20 something. I was never one to quit my job and start a shack in the Bahamas, but I was pretty clueless about life then. You just seem to be so ahead of the curve when it comes to figuring out life.

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    1. I don’t have a subscribe button on my page but if you go to your reader and click “manage” next to followed sites there’s an option to sign up for email notifications there! It’s on my to-do list to redo my page and I’ll add a subscription button then but I’ve been toooo busy haha

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  4. Great post, Rosie. This can apply at any age, not just in your 20s. It’s all about making the most of our time, whether it’s a long weekend away, a day at the beach or in the mountains, a bike ride or getting out of our comfort zone and just trying something new. Enjoy life 🙂

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  5. Thanks for writing this!! I just graduated myself and its been hard not having all the time off that I’m used to getting at school. I expected to have more free time without the homework to factor in, but it turns out that in order to survive in the real world you have to work, like, ALL the time! It’s nice to know that I am not the only one who can’t even consider going on an expensive vacation right now. And you are right, instead of dropping all my money in one night at a bar, I have been trying to find fun activities in my city that my friends and I can try. I have been making a lot more fun memories this way, mostly because I can actually remember the fun I had since there is not as much alcohol involved haha!

    Thanks again for the post, it was very well written!!

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  6. I’ve used the reverse model. Work hard from your 20’s through your 50’s and then do what you want to do. I may move more slowly, but I don’t have that nagging feeling that I need to figure out what comes next.

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  7. You can also fly to another country for less than the price of gas. You mentioned driving to Mexico but flights here can cost $50 depending on where you live. Same with Colombia. And the cost of living are much less there! The US has plenty of cool spots to check out too though! Great ideas

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      1. No problem, I felt like I had absolutely to. Sometimes blogs and people like to fantasize traveling and being in your 20’s and the reality of life sometimes makes you want to give up on it all but I like how you have realistic ways not to. 😌

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