I get asked often why (and how!) I travel so often. In 2018, I traveled somewhere new almost every single month of the year.
The answer may surprise you. In fact, I don’t magically have more free time than others or a dispensable bank account. At the end of the day, I am just your typical college student. I have a full course load, a part-time job, and outside involvements that keep me busy every single day. Outside of paying for my tuition, I am and have always been financially independent ever since I was 15 years old.
So, I travel often because I prioritize traveling, sometimes above other things people my age are concerned about. Seeing the world when I am young and able is one of my core values.
But isn’t it better to travel after college, when you have a salaried income and are able to make more than minimum wage?
While I believe that I will always continue to travel every chance I get, I would argue that college is actually when you have the most free time as a young and able-bodied adult. Winter break is almost an entire month long, summer break is a full three months long. And don’t forget fall break and spring break and all those mini long weekends scattered throughout the year. I know that I won’t get these many vacation days when I have a full-time job.
Of course, classes and exams are important, but that’s not what I want to recall when someone asks me about my time in college. I want to talk about memories and experiences that I shared with the people that I love. And even though UNC is a large school with plenty to do, I find the campus suffocating at times. I don’t want to spend every free weekend being in Chapel Hill. The classes are difficult and the everyday routine becomes mundane and repetitive.
So if any opportunity rises to catch a break, I’m going to travel.
On this portion of my blog, I’ll discuss travel advice and any past and future trips that may come my way.