1. Traveling teaches you to live an adventure
When you look back on your life, you will have moments of which you are proud such as: Bicycled across the Golden Gate Bridge in the US, appeared on Italian television, learned Spanish in three months, and toured Europe by train and so on. Will you regret if you make choice to stay at home with your fears and give reasons to wait for?
While you’re young, you should travel. You should take the time to see the world and taste the fullness of life. It’s worth whatever investment or money or sacrifice of time that may be required on your part. This is not about being a tourist. It’s about experiencing true risk and adventure so you don’t have to live in fear for the rest of your life.
2. Traveling helps you encounter compassion
In your youth, you will make choices that will define you. The disciplines you begin now will be with you for the rest of your life. Traveling will change you like little else can. You will be putted in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you.
If you travel to Southeast Asia, you may encounter the slave trade. If you go to Eastern Europe, you may see the effects of genocide and religious persecution. If Haiti, you’ll witness the ugly side Western paternalism. All these things will make your heart break. You will begin to understand that the world is both a big and small place. You will have a new-found respect for the pain and suffering that over half of the world takes for granted on a daily basis. Moreover, you will feel more connected to your fellow human beings in a deep and lasting way. You will learn to care and to share.
3. Traveling allows you to get some culture
While you’re still young, you should get cultured. Get to know the world and the magnificent people that fill it. There’s nothing quite like walking alongside the Colosseum or seeing Michelangelo’s David in person. Some people can describe the nice cities and amazing beaches in the world, but you really have to see it for yourself to experience it. You can read all the books in the world about the Great Wall of China, but being there is a different story. The world is a stunning place, full of outstanding works of art. See it by yourself.
Do this while you’re still young because you may never have another chance again. So travel and experience the world.