Dear Young Traveler,
Anthony Bourdain once said: “If you’re 22, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”
My advice? Just go.
Just go, and at any age, because, the real question is, why wouldn’t you?
Go drop your fears.
Go take EVERY CHANCE.
Go take a road trip with your friends. Go book a plane ticket to a land far away. Go spend money that you don’t have. Go get stranded. Go hitchhike. Go learn the histories of other peoples and cultures. Go learn about their triumphs and their fatalities. Go with just a backpack. Go eat foods you have never tried. Go question yourself and question the world. Go learn about what is important. Go wake up early and hike a volcano. Go stay out late drinking beer and wine around a fire with the locals. Go take pictures. Go put the camera down and just take it in. Go sit in cafes and ponder a city. Go get a tattoo. Go meet people that will change your life. Go immerse yourself in nature. Go learn a language. Go challenge yourself and do something you never would think of. Go listen to stories. Go to museums. Go read everything. Go take a gamble on hostels and random floors. Go keep a journal and write everything. Go without a guidebook. Go make your own plan. Go educate yourself. Go take it all in.
And, if you’re like me. Go and fall in love.
Fall in love with cities. Fall in love with states.
Fall in love with countries. Fall in love with people.
The world is yours. All you have to do is GO.
And remember, home will always be waiting.
May you find nothing but happiness and adventure.
P.S. Don’t forget an open mind, a full heart, a pocketknife, a box of matches, and Kleenex.
Bailey runs the blog postcardsfrommytwenties.tumblr.com
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