Why I Prioritize Travel

Why I Prioritize Travel

Why I Prioritize Travel | Here and Air | Travels

I’m 25 years old. According to my younger self, I should have moved out, gotten married, had kids, and had a stable career by now. It’s crazy how the notion of a “successful” life consists of that. At the end of it all, who are we really trying to please (our parents, #asianstruggles)? Having bills, working a 9-5 job, and taking care of mini me’s will barely give me time for myself. How can I possibly put effort in any of those things when I can barely take care of myself (I have needs!)? I mean, I still haven’t quite figured out what I want to do with my life, but that’s totally okay, right?? Of course it is.


I can’t expect to settle down and give life without actually living and experiencing life myself! That would make me… an adult imposter?


To be honest, yes I probably could have done all those things listed above, but I’m not ready — at least not yet. I have this philosophy that everything we do — the way we treat others, how we talk, how we make decisions, etc. — stems from our core.
It’s why I think it’s important that people take the time to make themselves happy before anything else. I understand things happen all the time and we are sometimes disabled by certain situations. But if it is in your control, there are no excuses for not carrying your own weight. I’ve encountered numerous people in my life who love to bring others down (misery loves company), easily envy others, talk a ton of crap (constantly), and just overall contaminate everything possible with their negativity. To me, they’re probably sad and haven’t taken the time to sort out their issues (I don’t know, just a thought). Some of those people might even take that level of immaturity into adulthood, decide to have kids, and project that aggression onto their children (oh, I’ve seen it). You see where I’m going with this? It’s a never-ending cycle (this is why you get cats; they will forgive you when you sometimes forget they exist or when you give off too much energy by hugging them too tight).

Anyways, back to why I prioritize travel. I’m 25 for crying out loud! Your twenties should be the most exciting and vibrant times of your life. When else will you have all that energy to explore the world? It’s the time to be broke and book that vacation you’ve been dreaming about, drink too much beer the night before an early meeting, sleep on couches and floors in the homes of obsessed paragliding strangers, have pointless conversations with friends on a camping trip, try beef tongue (yum) with an open-mind. Just overall being selfish, getting everything out of your system, and living! I’m not saying everyone in their twenties doesn’t have it figured out. Some people do and they are very lucky outliers because most of us don’t, myself included. So I’m dedicating the rest of my youth into living my dream of traveling. The only way I can make that possible is if I prioritize it over everything else (sorry cats); a risk I’m willing to take. What’s the worst that can happen?

  Where am I off to next? Vancouver!

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  • Kerstin
    Posted at 11:22h, 16 August Reply

    Hey, I just found your blog and duh, I’m in love with your writing style! I could’t agree more with what I’ve just read. There’s no time like your 20s and we should definitely embrace the opportunities we have. I hope I’ll be able to travel even more once I graduated from university in a year 🙂

    Love, Kerstin

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 22:12h, 16 August Reply

      Wow really? Thanks Kerstin! Make it happen girl! <3

  • Katie
    Posted at 07:43h, 04 August Reply

    Yes, yes, YES. Last week, I was feeling a little lost traveling. This week, I’m sorts of re-inspired and re-energized by this traveling life. My coming across this post couldn’t have been better timed. Sharing this in my weekly update post today 🙂

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 21:27h, 04 August Reply

      Aww wow. You don’t understand how much this makes me happy. I get hesitant sharing these thoughts sometimes, but I do it anyway hoping to inspire at least one other person. So thank YOU for reading and sharing Katie!!! 🙂

  • Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine
    Posted at 23:24h, 03 August Reply

    I cannot tell you how much I love this. I was just talking to my friends the other day about how you always have this big dreams for your twenties. When I was little I always used to say I’d get married by 22, then have a kid at 23, etc. etc. HAHA. So not where I am right now. I’m 24, and I am prioritizing grad school right now, although I wish I weren’t. Prioritizing travel WILL be a thing next year, and I’ll get my fix while I can in the meantime!

    Thank you so much for sharing. Sorry to babble on in your comments. 🙂

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 21:23h, 04 August Reply

      Haha hi Amanda! Not even, I love hearing what you guys have to say. But seriously, who the heck embedded those ideas in our heads? I think it’s good that you’re getting your life in order before you start settling down. Yes travel like crazy as soon as you graduate! Haha <3

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