You can see it now: you just graduated from college, now it’s time to travel. Or is it? When it comes to travel after graduation, there is an array of divergent viewpoints. Some people will tell you that you only live once, so of course, you should travel as much as you can. While others will caution you against impulsive and/or grandiose spending until you’ve landed a more stable career.
While both of these viewpoints are valid, traveling after college can actually make you more likely to find the career of your dreams. Amazingly, this has no bearing on whether you graduated from the University of Southern California or Cornell University. It is simply because globalization is the future. The fact that business is shifting away from national priorities and into a global community is inevitable. Here to make sure you don’t miss out on that party are the top five benefits to traveling after you graduate from college.
1. You Deserve It
You’re done with college; it’s time to stop with the masochistic surplus enjoyment. There’s no more need to suffer and pretend you like it. You know what sounds better? A Mai Tai on a white sand beach, with crystal clear water extending as far as they eye can see. Besides, you can always get a job as soon as you finish relaxing.
2. You Have Less Responsibility
This isn’t meant as an insult, just to point out that as a recent college graduate, you are free from many of the dreary adult burdens like various bills and debt (though you’re likely to experience these pretty soon if you took out loans). You may as well enjoy this window while it lasts, and what better place to do so than somewhere drastically different from where you’ve spent the last four years?
3. You Are Young and Healthy
This goes along with having less responsibility. Again, it is not meant as an insult, just to call attention to the fact that you should travel while you are dexterous and healthy. As you age, your body will get harder and harder to control, which will put a significant burden on your travel plans. If you find that depressing, use that to dig deep down inside yourself to find the gumption to travel as much as you possibly can right now.
4. Traveling Is a Good Step toward Independence
Odds are you went to college to become more independent. Well, did you know that traveling can help you out with that too? In addition to becoming more worldly, you will learn how to handle yourself in unfamiliar situations and spend responsibly.
5. Expand Your Resume
Employers are looking for worldly, well-traveled employees. As mentioned earlier, the shift towards globalization is inevitable, and the business community is catching on. So do yourself, and your resume, a favor. Travel.