Moving on, traveling in your 20s is just better than working a stupid job. I mean, are we really going to care in 10 years whether our career is “challenging,” “on-track,” or “existent”? Or are we going to be glad we said “screw it” and used our leftover college money to book a party yacht in the Adriatic with 15 other kids from the frat?
If there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that your 20s are when you really figure out who you are. Like, as a person. College is over: now it’s time to really find your True Self. You’re never going to learn, grow, and develop sitting in a cubicle, or even in an open-floor-plan office, which I guess are more popular these days anyway. Sure, your workplace offers you unlimited sick days, a dog-friendly environment, and the stability of a regular paycheck, things hundreds of thousands of unemployed Americans can barely imagine, much less achieve. But being forced to master new skills, collaborate with your peers, and overcome challenges creatively won’t enable the same sort of self-discovery as ziplining through the Costa Rican rainforest with your best friends (who are also in their 20s). That’s just common knowledge.
Tom Petty once said this really smart quote that I saw on @UberFacts the other day. “The work never ends, but college does.” I’d like to amend that statement. The work never ends... but your 20s do. And I, for one, just won’t back down. I’ll stand my ground. Unless that ground is the floor inside the office of the job I quit to go smoke hash in Morocco. In that case, I just think I could really be growing more if I wasn’t tied down right now.
Dave Infante is a senior writer for Thrillist. Well, he was, until he quit his job to travel. Follow @dinfontay on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.