I was 27 when I had my first airplane ride; that was for a business trip to Cebu. I was 30 when I started traveling outside my country. Late bloomer, eh?
Almost ten years ago when I was just starting out as a young professional, my priority was to help the family. I still do today, but by the grace of God things are a lot better now. Way back in my early twenties, all I did was to work and work and work. Sometimes I was jealous of friends who get to enjoy their youth and have the time of their lives, traveling wherever they want to go. But I also understood that it was beyond my financial capacity as I was supporting two younger siblings in college. So I stood by the financial principle “live within your means”. And I saved diligently to establish my financial stability.
So this is for those who want to travel soon but are held back by more important priorities like helping the family, supporting your own education or still establishing yourself financially. Keep calm, in everything there is a season.
Besides, traveling in your 30’s can have some advantages and can be very rewarding.
- You are more responsible in handling your finances
- Chances are, you are more financially stable
- And because you are more financially stable, you have high chances to get visas approved (Well hello, Japan visa)
- You are more independent
- You are more composed when confronted with tough situations (like when your friend keeps nagging on you because you can’t find your way back to the hotel or when you can’t figure out the city map because it is written in Hangeul)
- You become more aware of social issues surrounding you
- You learn to look at the world with compassion
The list can go on and on.
At one point I thought I was already old to start traveling. I was thinking time has already passed me by. But looking back, I would not have it another way to be where I am today. I worked hard in my 20s. Now I am starting to enjoy the fruit of my hard work. This is not to demean the young adults who have set out early in seeing the world. Do so in liberty while you can and if you can. But this is to inspire those who, like me, started out beyond their twenties, to those who are yet to embark in an adventure, or to those who are thinking the world has already passed them by. Do not fret, the world will be there when you are ready to fly. Work hard, set your travel goals and make them happen. It’s a small world; we will see each other around 🙂