1.) Your supple young body can handle just about anything in your 20s. You are past puberty, hormones, and weird child illnesses (whooping cough, chicken pox, ear infections to name a few) but young enough that you can still sleep on a hammock and wake up feeling rested. I slept on a tile floor atop couch cushions at my friends apartment in Italy last year and my 23 year old body bounced right back. As you start to age, that one night on the floor will lead you to chronic lower back pain and extensive chiropractor appointments. Do the hostel surfing now when any flat surface constitutes as a bed.
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|This man definitely needs a vacation|
3.) You still remember some high school French and college Russian. Our generation has been bread on culture immersion. Second language classes start around middle school or elementary school. In your 20s you are still young enough to retain some of that second language knowledge and build on it. Trust me, when you are 40 years old that Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese that you studied in college won't be so familiar anymore. If you can still remember a little francais get your ass over to Paris while you're still young enough to remember how to say "Bonjour".
4.) Your job isn't that demanding. Most likely, your job now is not CEO of a company. If it is, kudos to you for being awesome and please take me on your private jet. Most of us work very hard but aren't really running anything that significant. If your future goal is to make it big, start a business, become a CEO... well those things take time and perseverance and don't leave a lot of wiggle room for that two week backpacking trip in Switzerland that you always wanted to do. So why not do it now before you go back to law school to become the next justice of the peace?
5.) Your friend, small traveler, wants travel companions. You don't even have to spend time looking for that adventurous friend who wants to travel to China and traverse the Great Wall because ladies and gents small traveler will go with you.
Not to sell you too hard but...
|And I enjoy good wine.|