For Everyone Who Can’t Decide Whether Or Not To Go Travelling After University: Do It
Going travelling after graduation is often seen as a bit of a cliché. At a time when you’re under pressure to work out what you want to do with your life and make decisions you don’t feel ready to make, travelling might not seem like the best option. There’s the issue of money, worrying that you’re missing out on graduate schemes, and the question of whether you’re just avoiding your future.
However, whether you only travel for a few days or a few months, if you can, you should definitely do it.
1. You’ll probably never again have so few life commitments or responsibility.
There’s nothing wrong with going to work straight after university, or planning to travel in the future, but it’s also worth thinking about the fact that you’re unlikely to ever be as free as you are right now. Take the opportunity to go while going is easy.
2. It’s the perfect chance to gain new experiences and discover new cultures.
After living in a student bubble for the last few years, it’s easy to forget sometimes that there’s a whole world out there. Go and see it.
3. And meet new people.
4. You deserve a break from a life of exams, targets and living for the weekend.
This is definitely not said enough. Yes, university life can be fun at times, but doing a degree is hard work. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with rewarding yourself and taking a break before you enter graduate working life.
5. And, yes, you really will learn a lot about yourself.
Travelling can be a real test of endurance at times. For every amazing experience, there’ll be some bad ones too, forcing you to learn some important lessons that may be invaluable in the future.
6. You’ll have the opportunity to develop new skills and try the craziest things.
From learning a new language, to doing things you might never have had the chance to do before, or may never have the chance to do again.
7. You could even get a job while you’re there.
There are plenty of work abroad opportunities you can get your hands on if you want to combine travel with earning money. Great for your bank account and your CV.
8. But if you don’t work while you’re away, travelling will still improve your job prospects.
Not only does it look amazing if you’ve broadened your horizons and gained more life experience, but it shows drive and commitment, too.
9. You’ll have time to properly consider what you want to do in life.
Contrary to an unfortunate popular belief, travelling as a recent graduate does not mean you’re avoiding everything. Taking some time out to think properly might just be the key to identifying what you want from life.
10. And you’ll never look at the world in the same way again.
Travelling to a different country and experiencing new cultures will not only broaden your understanding of the world, but will also make you appreciate life and the opportunities you’ve been given. It might make you realise how much you love home, or you might never want to go back!
11. Graduate life will still be there waiting for you when you’re ready to go home.
There’s no expiry date. Sure, you might feel like you’re a little behind your friends who got jobs straight away for a while, but does it really matter? The jobs will still be there for you, don’t worry.
12. And your time travelling might just make it easier for you to face it.
Clear out the cobwebs university often leaves behind. Breathe. Young people are always being accused of not making the most of being “young and free”, so prove them wrong. Go. ✈️ 🌍