SubjectL How to Travel in Your 20’s

Most people talk about how they want to travel the world. They will say things such as, “One day I will go to X” or “When I get out of college I will go to Y”. As you know they usually never see the places they want.

In this article you will learn how to travel as a 20 something  year old. As usual let’s keep it simple.

Traveling is expensive and complicated.

You might as well just stay around where you grew up.

Maybe go see another city several hours away.

Oh and if you want to go out of the country, you will need a passport.


Before you give up let me show you a few things.

After that, you can make your decision.

See the world or stay in your area…

You Live In A Great Time

Never before has the world been so connected.

Even in the Greek days of Alexander.

The Internet has allowed everyone to be connected like never before.

Borders are being torn down around you.

You could hop on a plane to Asia and be out of the country within hours.

If you get tired of living in a certain area (if you haven’t tied yourself down), you can pack up your bags and leave.

Want to have the Pacific ocean at your feet?

Move to the West Coast.

Want to live in the Mountains of North Carolina?

Get a cabin in the woods.

how to travel in your 20's

With the power of the Internet, you can literally live anywhere that you want.

No longer do you have to depend on a job in the area where you live.

You can now run a business online or search for jobs in another more desirable location.

A friend of mine grew tired of Charleston and so he searched for jobs in Arizona.

Within one day he had an interview.

Two weeks later he moved to Phoenix, Arizona.

He ended up loving Arizona so much that he plans to never come back.

What is holding you back?

  • Your job
  • Debt
  • College
  • Significant Other
  • Family

Responsibilities right?

Illusions of Your 20’s

If you are reading this, you know that something isn’t 100% right.

You continue searching for that missing link.

Well, let’s talk about one thing that once you become aware of, will make your 20’s so much more fun.

The Illusions of your 20’s…

You have been indoctrinated since birth.

School, religion, and other conformity tactics.

We won’t go into detail about the indoctrination, but we will talk about some of the Illusions.

Here are some Illusions you need to get over now:

  • You owe X for what they did (Parents, Friends, Teachers)
  • You have to go to College
  • You have to buy the latest tech
  • You have to have a car
  • You have to have a girlfriend and build a future around each other

You Owe X-

You don’t owe anyone anything.

It doesn’t matter that your parents raised you. That doesn’t give them any right to tell you what you ultimately make of your life.

(As Long As You Live With Mommy And Daddy, Respect Their Rules. If You Don’t Like The Rules Then Grow Up And Get Out!)

Nobody will save you, so you owe nothing to the world.

The world doesn’t owe you anything and you don’t owe it anything.

You Have To Go To College-

You don’t have to go to college. I’m not saying it is terrible, but make sure that you are going for the right reasons.

Just because you go to college doesn’t guarantee that you will get a great job.

I’ve got a friend who has her Masters.

Guess what?

She is living at home working multiple jobs to pay off her $80-100k college debt.

I recommend taking a year after High School to really think about what you want.

If you already know what you want and college is the way to go then do it.

But if you aren’t sure exactly, then don’t.

You will be surprised how much you can learn from the Internet.

Save yourself some money and teach yourself if you can.

You Have To Buy The Latest Tech-

We live in a world of consumers. You gain fake status when you are rockin the latest tech.

Yeah you look pretty badass with that $1,000 iPhone. But do you really think it makes people perceive you any differently?

Of course not.

In your 20’s try to spend more of your money on experiences rather than temporary pleasures such as the latest tech.

Nobody really cares if you have the latest Jordan’s, iPhone, or PS4.

Believe me.

You Have To Have A Car- 

This will come as a shock, but you don’t need a car. Hear me out first.

There are certain opportunities that require a car such as Uber.

But overall a car is just a money sucker.

If you live close to the city you could easily get where you want with Uber or getting rides from friends.

Of course, cars are convenient and make life seem so much more easier

Before you take out a 3 year loan consider other alternatives.

Look into leasing if you really want to have a car without tying yourself down for years.

On top of the car payments you will also have maintenance and insurance.

Each month I pay $478 for my car. That covers gas, insurance, and my payment.

That may seem little, but imagine if I had an extra $400 to invest into myself or to travel with.

You Have To Have A Significant Other-

Whether you want to accept it or not, but you don’t need a significant other.

Don’t get me wrong I love women. Women are a great addition to an Olympian’s life.

But you don’t have to invest so much of your time and money into them.

I see so many young guys treating girls like they are the one and settling before they even turn 21!

Why would you settle at 21?

You have so much life ahead of you.

Here is my advice for anyone in their 20’s.

Focus on yourself and become your best.

Workout, make money, learn life.

95% of your time should be spent bettering yourself.

The other 5% sure spend with a girl.

Just don’t sell yourself short by settling now.

Breaking Free And Following The Muse

Okay so you see through some of the Illusions of your 20’s.

Now it is time to break free and follow your Muse.

Traveling in your 20’s is easy.

We will go over two ways that you can travel.

These ways don’t require you to be rich or have Mommy pay your way.

You will earn it yourself and make it happen for you.

Two Ways To See The World

There are thousands of ways, but we will focus on two.

The two ways to see the world are:

  1. Income Streams
  2. Money Stash

Both of these ways can take up to a year, but in the end it is up to you.

Income Streams-

Sounds boring right? I should have said Passive Income from the beach. Then you would’ve jumped out of your seat.

If you want to travel you need to focus on Income Streams. Passive income while great isn’t something you should put all of your hope into.

You should focus instead of building reliable Income Streams.

Have as many as you want.

As time progresses you will have created Passive Income, but you will also have channels in which you can create $$$.

Creating your own Income Stream is easy.

Enjoy these articles for more information:

Money Stash-

Having a Money Stash is one of the easiest yet longest ways. This can take up to a year or more depending on how much you can save.

A Money Stash is just what it sounds like.

You put money aside and create nice pile of money.

By having a nice pile of money you are in way buying time.

Time is money and money is time. (Remember This)

An example is saving $400/month over a 12 month period.

At the end of that 12 month period, you would have $4,800.

You could take that $4,800 and go live somewhere or travel.

I’d recommend saving up enough for the ticket plus getting back on top of your total stash.

That way you will go over with a good chunk of money and still have coming back covered.

How To Travel In Your 20’s

As you see it is simple. By following the two ways I mentioned you are in control. You don’t have to depend on another person.

I recommend you combine both of the ways.

Imagine building a stash of money while also building an income stream.

That’s powerful!

Always keep the power in your hands.

Being in your 20’s is a special time.

You are young and are at a Fork in the road.

The World Is Yours

Just like in the movie Scarface the world is yours.

Luckily for you, you don’t have to be drug lord to get it.

Instead, you will work for yourself and put the power into your hands.

Once you have the Power you can shape the world to be how you want it to be. Thank you for joining me with this weeks article.

Your Friend,

Dylan Madden

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About Dylan Madden

My name is Dylan Madden. I've written over 300+ articles for those who want more out of life and are interested in traveling the world. I am from US city where most people work the same old job for their entire life. Now after traveling to 18 countries. I've set up a home in Dubai where I spend my days helping freelancers build successful businesses within The Real World and on the blog Calm and Collected. Within this website you will find the motivation and action steps to make your life better.

18 comments add your comment

  1. Excellent post Dylan!
    As a former 20 year old I have to say that Dylan has a point. Every young man should take the time to see the world. It will provide you with a different perspective that many Americans do not have. I know for me I left home at the age of 18 and unlike Dylan I joined the service which took me practically all over Europe, North Atlantic, Middle East and the Caribbean. Put in charge of people and equipment. I even crossed the Suez Canal into the Red Sea and I was not even 20 as of yet. During those travels I met and spoke to many different people and experienced many cultures. This will make you become more understanding and will help you grow more into a man. When my time was done and I came home. My time out there has helped me grow my “Go get it” attitude. While a civilian I also continued to travel and enjoy what the world has! My Passport is always active and ready! My Wife want to visit Spain and now we are in the process of getting that together and show her where my roots come from.

    I’m 48 now and I’m glad that Dylan is going down the same path I took albeit a little different than the one I took still all the same. Looking back it has changed me and my view of the world forever! YOU are the one responsible for your life and YOU owe nothing to no one!

    Get out there Gents and Ladies! You are only young once!


  2. It’s nothing to do with the article in particular (though it’s a good one), but: I’m liking the new layout. I’ve been looking around for something along these lines, myself. My current one is too magazine-y.

  3. Sorry to comment twice but wanted to reply to Lloyd. I really liked this post. I’m 19 and want to travel and felt overwhelmed. It seemed so expensive but after you responded to my email, it isn’t that bad.

    Thanks for this post because not only did it help me but it helped everyone else. Dylan you are the man!

  4. The biggest take away isn’t even in the title, and I like that.

    When people think they want X or Y, they actually want to be free to do X or Y. The chains aren’t locked, and they can take them off at any time. They just don’t realize it.

    Great article on how to do just that. Keep up the great work!

  5. PS: Sorry for the foreign words in the middle of the comment. I forgot to set the autocorrect to english, so it was changing some of the words I typed for similar ones in portuguese.

  6. Its a good article man, but i’d sugestão in the future to go more in depth, exemplificar stuff and shit. Not saying this as a hater, but as a tip from a readers perspective.

    For instance, examples of through-the-internet income streams. And if you want an article to go legendary, show how u got one with prints and stuff from nothing ubtill a decente value that can support a frugal lifestyle in a cheap country (you can live on 500 USD a month in some Caribbean/SEA countries, fuck lots of women and have some fun, for instance.).

    Anyway, if you ever plan on coming to Brazil, send me an email.

    • I agree thank you Stefano.

      Brazil is on my list might come next year. As of now really thinking about Asia. Brazilian women have always been a favorite of mine. Will message you if I come over.

      No worries.

  7. Are you serious about your friend owing 80k In Debt?
    You can’t really study full time without having a job to support yourself these day, if you do so , your Job Will fuck your studies, the only alternative is students loans.
    The system is really fucked.
    But we ll get there.

    • Yeah haven’t talked to her in a while. She’s a good girl. She messed herself up by switching majors.

      I agree with you Tiger 100%! Our System is setup so that you and your parents get fucked. Your parents get to possibly give thousands of dollars for your college. You get to go into debt for a degree that may or may not give you a job.

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