The Perfect Time to Travel

by Anna Maria Cos Alcantara

A lot of debate going around is whether you should travel when you’re young and you still have the energy to explore, or when you’re old and you have the money to splurge on your travels. If you ask me, the perfect time to travel is not bound by your age, but bound by your resources.

While that answer insinuates that you should travel when you’re older, that’s not always the case. As someone who’s in her 20’s, I’m always seeing my peers off traveling to a different city or different country every now and then. Some may be quick to think that they’re probably well off that they can afford the travel, but that’s not a very good way to gauge their financial status. 

Whenever I get to talk to these friends that always find the time and money to travel, one common take away I get from these conversations is that they see travel as an investment. These people see travel as a form of investment – the same way that there are people that see luxury items as a form of investment. The only difference is that one is in the form of material wealth, and the other is wealth in the form of memories, experience, and an additional stamp on their passport.

One common mistake that people think about traveling is that it always costs an arm and a leg to travel to a distant place, but that’s not always true. There a lot of countries that have a similar cost of living as the Philippines, and there are a lot of great destinations inside the Philippines as well. And if that sounds expensive already, a lot of people tend to forget that the distance doesn’t dictate the vacation, and that a vacation can simply mean being in another city or just outside of your home! I mean, that’s why there’s such a term as a “staycation” nowadays. 

While traveling is indeed a form of luxury since it involves different kinds of resources like time and money, it doesn’t always have to hurt your savings account. There are a lot of ways to invest in memories and experiences – all it takes is a little creativity, timing, and the perspective that it’s an investment. There will always be seat sales every so often, and it pays to know when it’s a “low season” for traveling – meaning that prices don’t spike up. 

So go ahead – mark those dates on your calendar, save up for that trip you’ve been meaning to go to and go file that leave to make memories that no one else can take away from you. Material wealth can go down in worth but this type of experience will be something that you can definitely take with you to the grave. 

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