So wait, crazy question, but can excessive travel somehow be harmful?
The problem is, of course, when you spend your 20s as a nomad, life gets tough when you do decide to stay in one place.
“People who just work a few months at a time have trouble when they decide they want to settle down,” says Epstein. “It’s hard to find meaningful or satisfying work because their resume is all over the place, and employers see they’ve only held jobs for six months at a time.” And it becomes an endless cycle. The traveler returns “home” but has no job and no standing personal or business relationships, he becomes restless, and he heads back out again.
Although not just first-world 20-somethings find settling down hard: a study of Ariaal tribesmen in Africa found those with the 7R mutation were stronger when they lived with nomadic tribes, but were far less nourished when living in settled villages.
All of that said, Epstein stresses that travel in and of itself is not a bad thing; as long as you’re not doing it as a way to avoid “real life,” there’s really no need for concern. "If you're not shirking responsibilities, family, or some big emotional issue then you should absolutely get out and see the world."
Now, if you think Epstein is full of crap and your 20s is the absolute BEST time to quit your job to start traveling the world, you're gonna want to read this.
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Matt Meltzer is a staff writer at Thrillist and plays “Home Sweet Home” every time his flight is landing. Follow him on Instagram: @meltrez1.