It might be tempting to spend your money on that bag or those shoes you’ve been lusting over to make yourself feel better after a crappy day. We’ve all been there.

While short-term purchases might boost your happiness for a short time, here are 13 reasons why you should spend your money on travel, instead.

1. Travel will turn you into a storyteller.

With your constant adventures, you’ll have an endless supply of travel tales to entertain your friends with at parties or at those #awks moments when you’re short of small talk. It’s true – travel leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller.

2. Travel opens your mind.

Nothing will expand your horizons more than experiencing different cultures and traditions on a regular basis. Everyone who has spent money on travel will tell you that you are not the same once you’ve been to the other side of the world.

3. Travel makes you independent.

Once you’ve had to find your way through the streets of Shanghai and figure out how to navigate the public transport system in Vietnam, there’s nothing life can throw at you that you cannot handle.

4. Travel creates the strongest friendships.

It’s on the road that true friendships become strong. The relationship you have with your travel friends is the kind you see in TV series and read books about. Share an adventure together and you’re friends for life.

5. Travel makes you creative.

Something happens to your mind when it comes into regular contact with unknown cultures and patterns – you begin to think differently and you realise that the world is not as rigid and unchangeable as you might previously have thought.

6. Travel is the ultimate form of self-expression.

The world is a big and wonderful place and where you choose to occupy your place in it says a lot about who you are as a person. Just think about how satisfying it feels to finally visit a place you’ve longed to see for years.

7. Travel satisfies your inner desires that material possessions never will.

When you satisfy your insatiable wanderlust, you gain an inner happiness and peace that spending money on material possessions will never be able to give you.

8. You’ll never regret spending money on travel.

It’s true what they say – in 10 years’ time, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do, not the things you did do. You will never be that person who looks back on their 20s and wishes that had made more memories when they were young.

9. Travel is a unique form of education.

You learn things on the road that you will not learn anywhere else. Travel gives you a global sense of perspective, an open mind, and makes you more patient, understanding, and independent.

10. Travel makes you an Instagram superstar.

Nothing will up your Insta game like the ah-mazing pics from your travel explorations. We all know it – all your friends will be jealous. Pssst, share your best travel moments with us by using #topdecker hashtag!

11. Travel builds your identity.

When you choose not to be constrained by the daily grind like most of us, you shape your identity. You are the explorer. You are the adventurer. You are the person who all of your more ‘serious’ friends look up to with admiration and possibly a hint of envy. #sorrynotsorry

12. Travel makes you more relaxed.

In the grand scheme of things, you realise the pressures you are put under on a daily basis are not as scary as you thought. You become more flexible in your expectations and more optimistic about what life has in store for you.

13. Diamonds Adventures last forever.

The adventures you share with your friends on the road, those unplanned moments outside your comfort zone, those spontaneous decisions that create the best moments of your life – those are the memories that will stay with you forever.

Ready to build those memories of a lifetime with other open-minded explorers?

Start your new adventure with Topdeck here.

Maja Bezgovsek
Currently working in the Marketing Team at Topdeck Travel, Maja is an insatiable explorer and avid traveller. Born in Slovenia, Maja can be found searching for the next language to learn (already conquering five!) or off in her car searching for an epic road trip across Europe.