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5 Reasons to Travel After College: It’s Now Or Never

10th May 2011 by Jacqueline Boss

After 19 years of being a full time student, there are only 3 days left until I graduate college and finish school forever. I’m 21 years old, and assuming I live till 100, I have 79 years left to live. Now I could take the normal route and go straight into a career, spending 40 hours a week for the next 40 years of my life working up to the moment when I finally get to retire and live out my travel dreams, or I can live them out now.

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It’s something a lot of people want to do but that few people have the guts to. And not because it’s hard to do, but because like so many things that are off the beaten path, it seems mysterious and risky. It may be mysterious, but there aren’t as many risks as you’d think. I think its riskier to get stuck in one career for 40 years- that just sounds like a horror. Sure it’d be exciting for a while, but 40 years is a long time. And with each year that passes, you get more and more settled in, buy more things for nicer and bigger apartments and homes, take on more debt, start a family, until leaving to travel becomes a long lost dream. If that isn’t compelling enough, here are a few reasons to travel right after college.

1) It looks great on a resume.

If you are dead set on getting into a “stable” career, you may want to put it on hold for a few months while you buff up your resume with some traveling experience. Traveling helps you grow as a person, learn to interact with people of different cultures and different points of view, fend for yourself, budget, and sometimes learn languages. Between your resume and a similar resume of a person who hasn’t traveled, yours wins.

2) You can still take advantage of your “student” status.

Sure you graduated, but you’re still young. You can get all kinds of student discounts on everything from train tickets to food and movies. There are organizations that are geared specifically toward helping college-aged people find jobs abroad. And that is a great compromise if you are worried about money or if there is pressure on you to get a job immediately- why chose one? Choose a job in a beautiful foreign country and you’ll be making money while living out your dreams. You can also look for travel scholarships and grants, though these are harder to get.

Hostels are made for young people too; they are cheap accommodation, dorm-style, so take advantage of them before you get used to living in your own home with a luxurious private bathroom.

3) You are free!

The main theme of your life for 2 decades has been school. It is supposed to be your number one priority, and now, suddenly, it is over. Like a relationship, take some time off when one part of your life ends before launching yourself full-force into the next part. You don’t need to get a job right away- there will be just as many jobs when you return from your 2 month-long or 2 year-long journey. And if  you travel you will be more experienced and better able to land a good job.

Don’t let student loans be an excuse to stop you either. Consider deferring your loans; it may require some work but many volunteer programs, for example, are great excuses for loan deferral. The Peace Corps is one, but there are plenty of other options that don’t require a two-year commitment. One of my best friends now is in Washington DC with a year-long volunteer program and has been able to defer her loans. And of course, there is still the option to just get a job abroad and start paying off the debt right away.

4) You meet wonderful people.

In volunteer programs, at a job, in bars, 30 feet underwater in full scuba gear- you’ll meet amazing people like yourself that want to embrace the world and enjoy their time on it, not just sit behind a desk for 40 years. You’ll make life long friends from around the world- which is great in itself, but it also means you can get more cheap travel later in life when they let you stay in their guest bedroom with your family for a week. The perks of friendship!

5) You’ll regret it if you don’t.

You just will. There is no getting around it. If you desperately want to travel, but don’t, and never do, it’s a recipe for a mid-life crisis. Don’t let yourself be that person at your 10-year reunion who puts on a smile while talking about their steady job and the raise they just got, but who gets intense pangs of what-if while listening to a classmate who has volunteered in 15 countries. So many older people who have jumped right into their careers from college say that one of their biggest regrets is not traveling first. Take a word from the wise: travel now. You are young and independent, and there is a whole world out there to explore. Travel after college. It’s now or never.

6) Read “How to Become the Jack of All Travel: A Beginner’s Guide to Traveling the World for Free

To learn how to travel for free (for real!) using the methods I’ve been using for years, download my ebook, “How to Become the Jack of All Travel: A Beginner’s Guide to Traveling the World for Free“. If you’ve ever wanted to travel, now is your chance to seize the day! Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. The book is cheap and you’ll more than make up for it in the money you’ll save (and earn!) on your future travels using the techniques you’ll learn.

22 Stranded on a Desert Island Movies

16th March 2011 by Jacqueline Boss

Here’s one way to get yourself excited about getting out and traveling- watch a movie about people on a beautiful tropical desert island. From the old to the new and the suspenseful to the romantic, here are 21 movies to get you in the mood to take a vacation. (click for the trailer, if available)

1: Six Days Seven Nights (1998)

Starring Harrison Ford. A couple takes a vacation to a beautiful tropical island, but when the woman, Robin Monroe, is called back to work, she gets a plane ride with Ford’s character and the two of them become stranded on a remote island.

2: Robinson Crusoe (1997)

Starring Pierce Brosnan. A man comes to an island, builds himself a new home, and protects himself from savages. He is stuck there for years before he is rescued.

3: Cast Away (2000)

Starring Tom Hanks. A Fed Ex employee becomes stranded on a deserted island and must fend for himself for years, remembering his life at home and the woman he loved.

4: Swept Away (1974)/ Swept Away (2002)

A rich woman and her friends take a trip on a yacht, and the sailor can’t stand them. Her friends leave and she wants to catch up with them, so she has the sailor take her to them on a small boat, which breaks down and they become deserted. The original rated better, but it is in Italian, so you’ll need subtitles. Unless you speak Italian.

5: The Beach (2000)

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m going to be honest- this is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen in my entire life. The idea of it is just so cool (DiCaprio and some friends search for a rumored island of perfection), but the characters are so poorly developed that I literally could not tell them apart.

6: Lord of the Flies (1990)

A group of British school boys become stranded on a deserted island, and must fend for themselves and form their own government, but the results are disastrous.

7: Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

A family becomes shipwrecked on a island full of pirates. They build an amazing home for themselves and explore and learn to live on the island. 

8: Paradise Lagoon (American)/ The Admirable Crichton (British) (1957) (trailer unavailable)

A Lord and his servants are shipwrecked on an island, putting the traditional class system to the test.

9: Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964) (trailer unavailable)

Based on a true story, a young girl is stranded for years on an island.

10: Respiro (2000)

A free-spirited woman on a beautiful Italian island is accused of madness by the people living there.

11: Mediterraneo (1991)

Italian soldiers become stranded on a Greek island that they believe to be deserted, until the townspeople come out of hiding and the Italians assimilate into their culture. Italian language film.

12: Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women (1979)

5 men become shipwrecked on an island where a group of girls have been living for years. A nun has taught the girls that all men are evil, so the girls are out to kill them. 

13: Bare Essentials (1991)

A couple gets stranded on a desert island, and they re-discover love, but not with each other.

14: The Mosquito Coast (1986)

Starring Harrison Ford. A man takes his family to get away from it all and have a new life on an island, but it isn’t all fun and games.

15: Nim’s Island (2008)

Starring Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler. An adventure writer, Alex Rover, is summoned by a young girl to a private island when her dad becomes lost at sea and her island is invaded.

16: Three (Survival Island) (2005)

Three people become marooned on an island and have to fight for survival.

17: The Blue Lagoon (1980)/The Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)

Two children get stranded on a lush island and as they grow up they develop feelings for each other.

18: Paradise (1982)

A supposedly love-it-or-hate-it movie involving some sort of kidnapping and eventual love in an oasis.

19: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

After a bad breakup, a man takes a vacation on a beautiful island, and behold, his ex is there with her new boyfriend. Comedy.

20: A Perfect Getaway (2009)

A couple on vacation in Hawaii meets another fun couple on a desert, but then learn that there are two wanted murderers on the loose- a man and a woman.

21: Couples Retreat (2009)

Starring Vince Vaughn. A couple goes to an island resort to re-ignite their spark, but soon they learn that they will be tested and will have to make their marriage work. Comedy.

22: Land of the Lost (2009)

Starring Will Ferrell. A man who theorizes about time warps goes back through time, and he and his friends must try to survive. Unfortunately, it may be the worst movie ever made. Comedy.

 

If you like these island movies, learn how to travel the world for free and have your own exotic adventures! Read my ebook “How to Become the Jack of All Travel: A Beginner’s Guide to Traveling the World for Free“. It is possible, and it really works- I’ve been doing it myself for years. 

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