Is It Too Late For You To Travel?

autumn photography girl

Have you ever dreamed of heading off on an adventure to a far away destination only to then have that small voice whisper; is it too late for that? Maybe this isn’t the best idea. Is there a point and time in your life where you should hold off on your travels, or stop altogether?

This is a thought that has scratched at the surface of my mind for years. It has always tried to pry its way out whenever I’m close to booking my latest trip. You’re being irresponsible! It screams. What about your career? The voice protests.

When you travel in your twenties, there are going to be people who believe you’re making a mistake. This will carry on through the years, but it often starts in our twenties when we are told it’s finally time to start our adult lives.

Here are the most common things I’ve been told about my travels and my age:

girl fall autumn

Traveling is Irresponsible

By traveling, you’re being irresponsible. You’re taking the easy road out and running away from real life. There are some people who view travel as an escape, or as an easy alternative. The thing is, traveling and living in various corners of the globe is anything but easy. It takes courage, responsibility and accountability to live on your own in a place where you don’t know a soul. Traveling abroad will teach you life lessons you never would have come across while living at home.

Living in Whistler, BC, I got a taste of reality by having to pay for rent (in one of the most expensive cities in Canada!) while working, exploring, and hanging out with friends. When I spent two months of travel in Europe, I learned to stick to a budget and navigate through cities where I knew not a word of the language. You can travel responsibly, and even if you make mistakes along the way- you are still learning.

travel photography girl

You Can’t Vacation Forever

When most people hear you’re traveling, they will assume you’re going on a vacation. The truth is, during my longer travels, I had to work to support myself and stay in the country that I was exploring. Not all trips are a simple vacation. A week spent lounging on the beaches of Mexico at an all-inclusive resort; that’s a vacation! When you’re exploring new countries, immersing yourself in their culture and meeting new people along the way- that’s an experience. Trying to communicate in a language you don’t speak, navigating around a town you’ve never been to- it takes a lot of work, patience and courage. It’s a brave thing to venture into the unknown. You are learning new things each day you travel. Things that will shape who you are, widen your perspective and humble you.

travel outdoor photography

You’ll Have No Work Experience

If you don’t settle down now and commit to a job, you’ll never start your career. While other people are out there getting work experience, you’re not. This is the furthest thing from the truth! Surprisingly, my travel experiences are one of the first things interviewees bring up at an interview. They’re interested to know where I’ve worked, traveled, and what I’ve learned during my experiences. Your travels can be used as valuable experience in your work life- it’s simply up to you to use it that way. What have your travels taught you? Did you volunteer abroad, work in a hostel, meet and communicate with people from across the globe? These are all experiences! Don’t be afraid to use them as they set you apart from the crowd.

travel photography autumn

Travel Means Being Single

If you’re constantly on the road, how will you ever meet someone? Some people think if you’re traveling, you’re closing off any real opportunity to meet someone. In all honesty, I’ve met more people while on my travels than I have by working and living at home. Not only do you meet people while traveling- you meet people from countries you’ve never been, places you’ve yet to see. They have unique stories and experiences to share. Your love of travel bonds you to these new unfamiliar faces, and can create friendships and relationships that last through the years. You don’t have to stay in one place to meet someone, and traveling doesn’t cast you as an outsider destined to be alone. There are plenty of opportunities to meet people abroad, if not more!

Have you ever believed it was too late for you to travel? Share your experiences!

 

Follow:
Share:
  • Interestingly enough, I’ve never thought that it was too late to travel! When I was younger, my parents always told us to work hard when we were young so that we could live easy lives when we were older and do whatever we wanted, including travel, for the rest of our lives! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Diana Maria

      Agreed, my parents have always taught us the same way of life. I’m glad you could relate Audrey! xx

  • Gorgeous pictures and such an interesting post!

    Lauren x Huggled

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you xx

  • I don’t believe it can ever be too late to travel. But simply it does become harder with age especially if you have a family. However as they say, when there is a will there is a way.

    I also find that the people who make those comments are the ones who never travelled in their life (and I feel it is their regret filtering out)

    Nat ◇ dignifiable

    • Diana Maria

      I agree, I think a family would definitely slow down my travels as priorities would shift and change which isn’t a bad thing at all! Thank you for reading Natalie xx

  • I don’t think it can be to late to travel! Age is just a number to me 🙂
    Very interesting post, I enjoyed reading!

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you 🙂

  • What i’ve realised is that people are going to talk about whatever you decide to do with your life. Just make sure you are happy and you arent hurting anyone or yourself. Enjoy your travels.
    The Glossychic

    • Diana Maria

      I couldn’t have said it better myself, thanks for stopping by! xx

  • I’m not into travel really. But I think it is a lifestyle choice. You seem to be travelling & working and paying your own way and that seems very “adult” to me. I think this way of life is very new and a lot of the older generations do not understand it thats all. I think there is such a huge movement to create “lifestyles” now rather than just the seperate work life & play life & that is so exciting to me. So many people are doing amazing things and living the type of life that never seemed possible before. Keep doing what your doing and stick to your guns! xx

    • Diana Maria

      I think everyone has their own passions and loves which is what makes us who we are. You’re definitely right about it being a lifestyle in many cases, and it’s great to see how different lifestyles are today than years ago. Thank you Melanie! xx

  • Hey Diana! I’m happy to be back reading you blog!
    I think traveling is never a mistake, I think it’s worth everything. There’s so much beauty in this world and I want to see all of it. Beautiful post as always, xx
    Ana
    Indie Suns | Bloglovin’ | Instagram

    • Diana Maria

      Hi Ana, welcome back! I completely agree with you and am glad you feel so similarly xx

  • I love travelling, it is one of the main reasons why I work so hard with both my blog and full time job. I want to see everything before I feel like a fully grown adult!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

    • Diana Maria

      I’m glad you feel the same way! There are so many wonderful places to explore- a never ending list! xx

  • Susan Tran

    We connected with this post so much! Even though we started dating when we were in our very early 20’s, we didn’t get bit by the wanderlust bug until almost 8 years later. People seem to think we should put all of our money towards buying a house and settling down, or paying off our student loans, rather than traveling the world. We say… NO WAY. Traveling not only brings you closer to your partner, it also opens your eyes to the WORLD around you. It humbles you, teaches you to respect and cherish other cultures and the differences that fill the world, and gives you an appreciation for things much deeper than yourself. Now THAT is an education, and something worth paying for. Anyone who says it’s ‘too late’ should do some traveling themselves!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    • Diana Maria

      I am so glad you could resonate with this post Susie! I couldn’t agree more, it truly does open your eyes. Many people may not agree with this as a lifestyle choice, but I’m so glad you two have stuck to your passion and continue to travel! xx

  • I don´t believe it is ever too late for travel, you just have to pick your opportunities. Both within demanding careers Mr. Loca and I decided to take part of the parental leave after our daughter was born and road trip with her through New Zealand. And for the future we plan on doing sabbaticals whenever possible to free up larger chunks of time for travel. And I am 38.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Diana Maria

      That sounds amazing, and is such an inspiring story! I love to hear about couples traveling and people making it work with their lifestyles. Keep on traveling 🙂

  • margot

    I love to travel so much so I’ll never think it’s too late to travel but I really understand your point. Sometimes, it may just not be the right time.
    xx,
    Margot
    http://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

    • Diana Maria

      I do too! I feel as though if you wish to travel, there really is no age limit xx

  • Diana, I absolutely love this post. Traveling is often discussed as an act of irresponsibility or fantasy, but travel not only enriches our perspective, but it presents opportunities that we wouldn’t have otherwise! Travel provokes inspiration, reflection and creativity. It’s an amazing way to meet kind people and grow as your own person. Thank you for sharing – absolutely love this!

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Ashton! I couldn’t agree more with what you’ve said, it is a great way to grow. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

      • Of course!! I look forward to stopping by more often 🙂

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    I actually never encountered anyone that would tell me any of those things and I love to travel, but if they did I would definitely be annoyed!! Live and let life is always my motto, whenever people start to judge, it irks me a little! I love travelling and can’t imagine my life without it… I don’t do it often, one big holiday a year but it’s something that I look forward to more than anything, every time. Travelling is a cure for the soul!! Thanks for sharing this lovely post, hun. 🙂 xoxo

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

    • Diana Maria

      That’s great that you’ve had such positive experiences Kay! I think so too, it really is a cure for the soul xx

  • Kim

    Totally agree, travelling is such an experience! I only see it as a good thing. My aim for 2018 is to do more of it for sure.

    http://www.thecaramelchronicles.com

    • Diana Maria

      That’s definitely a goal of mine as well, I hope you achieve it and travel through the year Kim! xx

  • Those photographs are absolutely beautiful! I agree with you regarding traveling and being single. x

    http://www.serenbird.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Serena, I really appreciate that! 🙂

  • I met my husband when I was abroad and even having been with him for years now I still do solo trips by myself! x

    rhymeandribbons.com

    • Diana Maria

      That’s so wonderful that you met him abroad and still continue to go on solo trips. I love hearing stories like that Amanda! xx

  • Vane ❀

    Love these autumn vibes!!

    http://www.vanessaventuri.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you xx

  • I always put off travelling due to the time of year and the weather! I need to just embrace it! Love, love, love the autumnal colours in your pictures! Absolutely stunning!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      There are always reasons not to travel, I’ve definitely had my share too, but going with it is often the best choice to make. Thank you Jasmine! 🙂

  • All such great points! Never too late to travel!! 🙂 You are right that travel gives you such great experience and may be comparable to work experience! Love it!

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you 🙂

  • Travel while you’re young, while you can! But also, it’s never too late to travel!

    http://www.sheenalovessunsets.com

  • Kim

    It’s never too late to travel! I never ever traveled as a child, but now that I’m older, my fiancé and I try to travel at least twice a year. While you may not be working a job on vacation, at least you are learning more about other places and cultures, which I think will make you a more well-rounded person.

    Kim
    simplylovebirds.com

    • Diana Maria

      I couldn’t agree more Kim, it’s great that you two are traveling together each year. Each experience is so valuable 🙂

  • Ha. I’m 32 already and anticipating my first heavy year of travel two years away from now when I retire. never too late.

    http://www.nynomads.com

    • Diana Maria

      That’s so exciting, thank you for sharing Jen, I wish you all the best on your trip!

  • These photos are so beautiful! I love fall colors. And no, it’s never too late for anyone to travel! ; )

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Scarlett! I think so too.

  • Steph

    Beautiful posts and so so true – never ever too late to travel and you should definitely ignore all the nonbelievers!

    http://www.stephyttravels.com

  • One is never too late to travel. As a kid, my family travelled a lot around the country (I’m originally from the Philippines). We’d go to new places every summer or when someone in the family is celebrating his/her birthday. Once in a while, we go out of the country, too. While I’ve been exposed to travelling at a young age, it’s only when I moved here in the US that I was able to fully appreciate travelling to new places with my husband. We’re both in our 30s with no kid (yet), so it’s like the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the world while we can.