See the World: Reasons Why You Should Not Wait Until Retirement to Travel

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"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in this world." -Gustav Flaubert

Gayle Foreman was once quoted to say that traveling is not something you are good at. But rather, it is something you do--much like breathing.

However, while this might be true there are some of us who simply do not have the luxury of time nor the money needed to finance a momentary sojourn or excursion. As a result, some of us would be constrained to wait until we retire before we finally indulge our wandering feet to go off and see the world. On the outset, this might seem like a practical compromise--perpetually work in your younger years and hustle and then save traveling for later when you retire. By this time, you will finally have all the time in the world and have saved up enough to go on a luxurious globetrotting spree in whatever part of the world.

While this might seem ideal, it is hardly realistic. You can advocate delayed gratification all you wish, but putting off any plans for travel until you retire is never a good idea. Of course, this is not to say that you should leave your obligations behind start pursuing a hedonistic lifestyle. But if you have lived all your life constantly working, you will inevitably need a break as well. After all,  you can function optimally if there is a good balance between your work and play life. In any case, it is best if you reexamined the reality of life and what it can possibly throw at you. It might just help you reshape the way you make your choices as regards the way you want to live. So, go ahead and pander yourself. Book that ticket or go on that food trip in Pampanga--whatever you do, just do not wait until retirement to do it. Here are the reasons why:

1. You might die first


A morbid thought, but nevertheless realistic. There is no sense in mincing words when this can be very much a reality. No one can predict how life can turn out and if so suddenly, you would be plagued by an unmanageable disease in your sixties or septuagenarian years, you are going to wish you had done something fun sooner. Research has found that seventeen percent of men will die between the ages of 25 and 65 and while the odds are much better for women, is this actually a gamble you want to take?

2. It is so much more expensive to travel when you are older


Travel insurance by itself is so much more expensive the older you are. Furthermore, travel insurance would only be granted to those fortunate enough to pass a standard set of criteria imposed by the travel insurer. If you are plagued by pre-existing medical conditions, your chances of getting insured are rather slim. Or you can be downright disqualified. Moreover, the older you are, the more likely you would demand small comforts that you would have otherwise foregone in your younger years which could culminate into an exorbitant travel bill. After all, how often is it that you see old people bunking in with twenty-something in hostels and dormitories?

3.  Life gets in the way


The sucky thing about life is that it is known to get progressively more complicated as we age in a sense that you might be presented with a set of circumstances that would prevent you from traveling. It might be that you are marrying someone who is opposed to the idea of traveling or cannot travel in any way possible. Another scenario might be that your medical condition would not allow you to travel overseas. In any case, there are a lot of circumstances that might just prevent you from traveling if it is something you would continuously put off.


About the author:
I am Alice Molina. I am a freelance writer, blogger and a business enthusiast. I love also to travel and explore new things. I just find myself happy with the simple things and Appreciating the blessings God gave me.

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