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Part of me feels fortunate to be taking a year off to travel around the world at this point in my life. The other part of me can’t believe it took me so long. I see all those twenty-something backpackers out there traveling long-term and wonder why I never did that.

After putting myself through college I worked for a financial services firm in New York. Whoop dee doo. I was more focused on paying off my education and climbing the corporate ladder. But was my life really enhanced by any of that? Of course it wasn’t. After a few years of the grind I did manage to backpack through Europe with my best friend but we could only go for a few weeks.  Had to get back to work after all.

They say the best time to plant a tree is ten years ago and the second best time is today. Barring the invention of a time machine, that analogy holds true for travel too. Go now. See the world. It will change who you are and it will change who you become–for the better.

I encourage anyone within the sound of my keyboard who wants to travel to drop what you are doing and go now. I mean it. Just go already.

Why are you still reading this? Go make those plane reservations. We’ll see you on the road.