Why working is better than traveling
When you’re fresh out of school, the first thought you have is to go on an epic graduation trip that would be memorable for life. You’ve got the rest of your life to work, so what’s the rush?
When you’ve been working for 6 months, you start to think of going on a trip to the Bahamas with your friends. Work isn’t going to finish anyway, so take it easy.
Few months later, you’re planning a trip to the Hamptons, to reward yourself for a whole year’s work. You’ve worked for A WHOLE YEAR, come on, that calls for a celebration!
Although traveling is a wonderful experience with huge opportunities to broaden your mind and open your eyes, sometimes it’s better to work than to travel. Sometimes. Here are some reasons why it’s better to work than travel, sometimes.
Save Up Money
We all have those dream holiday destinations on our bucket list. And they probably cost some money. However, if we have spent money on smaller trips along the way, you may not be able to afford taking that huge vacation. Although most graduates are already tired of the idea of working by the time they graduate, it is a good idea to save up for the big one down the road. This is especially true if you’re funding your own living expenses.
It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go on any short trips at all, just be more selective with your dream vacation in mind. It’s all about delayed gratification.
Sometimes all you need is a break, not a holiday
Whenever you feel like you need a holiday and you have kids in tow, the costs of a family holiday is much more than if you’re traveling alone. You may feel you need a weekend trip that will re-energize you, but think about it: the packing, the planning, the return trip, the unpacking and washing and then going back to work with files piling up on your desk.
What could have worked for you was a day spa which costs less to rejuvenate your soul. And with the savings you get from not buying that domestic flight ticket, you’re a step closer to your big holiday. Some days, all you need and a nice alone time to pamper yourself and that could work out just fine.
Take time to decide a destination
Have you ever been on a vacation with friends, and regretted because you didn’t like the itinerary and had to compromise? Or have you not enjoyed a vacation with friends because you really wanted to go to another destination? There is always someplace people are flocking to, and it’s good if you can afford the time (and leave days) and the finances to go to places you’re not interested in, just for the experience. But all of us have our own preferred holiday ideas and destinations. Some of us love shopping trips, other are beach bums. Some prefer theme park holidays, some prefer trekking. Some of us don’t mind a room with no walls, some love villas and suite hotels. You don’t have to go on a shopping trip with your gal pals if you’re a beach person.
It’s better to not travel when the bug isn’t biting and you’re not feeling it. You also get to save those days off towards the big holiday this way.
Traveling around the world sounds like a fantastic idea and you will most likely enjoy the time that you spend learning other cultures and seeing the attractions, but sometimes there are opportunity costs. For example, your career may not have progressed as much as you would have liked, or you may find yourself growing a family later in life.
Regardless of your circumstances, there is certain to be a time when you decide that you need to save money in order to travel. This may be difficult if you are not making the money that you would have had you waited in the first place. By working first and traveling later you will have some things to look forward to and will not be left thinking about the “good ole days” that you had the freedom to travel wherever you want.