THERE ARE ALWAYS REASONS to not travel: a tight budget, a desire to look like a go-getter at work, kids, a busy schedule, nervousness about traveling to “dangerous” countries abroad. If you don’t make travel a priority, you’re probably going to listen to those reasons, and you’re not going to travel all that much.
Chances are, you’re going to regret that. Karl Pillemer is a gerontologist at Cornell, and he has written two books — 30 Lessons for Living and 30 Lessons for Loving — that are based off of advice he compiled from 1000 and 700 elderly people, respectively. Pillemer found that, when he asked the elderly interviewees what their greatest regrets were, not traveling early or often enough was one of the most commonly cited regrets.