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A Response to Grant Cardone, The Millionaire That Wants Millennials to Stop Traveling

Well, well, hello Mr. Cardone (assuming this ever reaches you). 

I recently stumbled upon your article that essentially urges Millennials to stop traveling and begin building their career.  While I respect your opinion, I absolutely believe this is terrible advice (sorry, that was harsh).

Your article begins by stating the many benefits of traveling like “getting recharged, inspired, and connecting with others”. 

Sure, this is all true.  But what you forgot to mention, was that travel teaches you to think on your feet.  It teaches you the perfect balance of being cautious while taking risks at the same time.  It teaches you, firsthand, about the different cultures around the world.  It teaches you how to budget.  It teaches you to get out of your comfort zone.  Although you believe “getting recharged” is a benefit of travel, I think it’s just the opposite.  I often end a trip feeling drained and exhausted, but I have learned that life doesn’t usually wait until I’m feeling 100% to continue (the world doesn’t revolve around me, shocker I know).

You said, “when you don’t know what you should be doing, it’s easy to put life on hold and backpack abroad”. 

Who said my life is on hold?  Just because I am not following the typical route of graduating college, accepting a 9-5 job, and working for the rest of my life, does not mean my life is on hold.  If anything, I believe travel is catapulting my life to where I want to go.  You’re right though, I don’t know what I want to be doing.  Quite honestly, I haven’t got a clue where I see my career going in ten years.  But I know that I will be successful.  I know that because while traveling abroad, I have met some of the hardest workers I know that barely make enough to provide for their families.  I have met some brilliant people who have more than they could ever need in life, but are utterly miserable.  The people I’ve met and the places I’ve been only inspire me to be successful in the future.  When I do finally decide to pursue my career, I will remember the woman who worked 15 hour days 7 days a week just to make enough to live.  I will remember the middle aged man who has spent his entire life working and has nothing to show for it.  I’ll remember these stories and these people, and I’ll work that much harder, knowing that there are people out there who would kill to be in my position (whatever position that may be).

A popular line in your article is when you say “I want to inspire millennials to work hard now so they can travel the world in style later”.  My response to this, is when I get there (and I will), I want to be able to appreciate it.  I want to appreciate the first class seats, extravagant meals, and five star hotels.  How am I going to appreciate these things if I’ve never experienced commercial flying, ramen noodles, and cheap hostels?  My mom often flies in business class when traveling abroad.  Once I asked her why she spends the extra money on business class, and her answer was simple: because I’ve earned it.  At age 53, I’ve earned it (sorry for spilling the beans on your age mom, you don’t look a day over 30).  I want to earn it.  I want to fly with my legs cramped, without complimentary water, and a seat that doesn’t recline for so many years, that by the time I make it to business class, I know I’ve earned it.

A line that really bothered me in your article is when you stated, “the reason many millennials want to travel is because they have no purpose at home”. 

Excuse me?  I’m sorry, but you have no idea my purpose.  Purpose can come from many different things.  Purpose can come from a career, but it can also come from providing support to family members, from being there for your friends, from volunteering at a local homeless shelter.  People find purpose in many different things, and I can almost guarantee you that no one takes off to travel because they have absolutely no purpose at home.  Everyone has a purpose.  It may not be what you consider a worthy purpose, but everyone has a purpose.

Lastly, you say, “comfort is the enemy of abundance”.  Travel is anything but comfortable.  I am constantly thrown out of my comfort zone.  I am constantly learning to be comfortable in my own skin in a completely unfamiliar place.  When, and if, I ever get comfortable, I’ll know it’s time for a change.  But for now, I am happy being uncomfortable.  I am happy that travel makes me uncomfortable and I find comfort in that.

So, Mr. Cardone, I appreciate your opinion, I really do.  I see where you’re coming from, but I urge you to see where I’m coming from.  The benefits of traveling in your early 20s are not only irreplaceable, but an unparalleled learning experience that simply cannot be taught elsewhere.

~Tar

118 thoughts on “A Response to Grant Cardone, The Millionaire That Wants Millennials to Stop Traveling

  1. Daughter of mine you never cease to amaze me. This is insightful and shows wisdom beyond your years. I am in awe of you and your courage. I love you! Mom

  2. Daughter of mine you never cease to amaze me. This is insightful and shows wisdom beyond your years. I am in awe of you and your courage. I love you! Mom

  3. Tara you are one amazing woman. I always knew you would be. Look at your teacher. I am totally envious and happy at the same time. Maybe Mr. Cardone is envious for what your doing. I agree with our mom. We have earned those business seats but I sat in the backof the bus for many years. You go girl. You are amazing just like your mom. Thank youso much for sharing your thoughts.mYour one smart gal.

    1. Sorry for the misspelling. I need to stop and start correcting. I just get so excited on how passionate you are.
      Have a safe trip.

  4. Tara you are one amazing woman. I always knew you would be. Look at your teacher. I am totally envious and happy at the same time. Maybe Mr. Cardone is envious for what your doing. I agree with our mom. We have earned those business seats but I sat in the backof the bus for many years. You go girl. You are amazing just like your mom. Thank youso much for sharing your thoughts.mYour one smart gal.

    1. Sorry for the misspelling. I need to stop and start correcting. I just get so excited on how passionate you are.
      Have a safe trip.

  5. This is a great reminder as I prepare for my little journey. When I tell people I am moving to Uganda they often perceive it as if I am putting my life on hold or running away from trying to move forward in life, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You make so many great points on why it’s the exact opposite of putting life on hold, so thank you for reassuring and reinforcing what life’s journeys can actually do! Hope you’re having a blast!!! 🙂

    – Patti Boi Schu

    1. A lot of people tend to think that is what we are doing, but that kind of comes with the territory I guess. Keep doing you and doing what makes you happy and the rest will fall into place! So excited for your adventure!

  6. This is a great reminder as I prepare for my little journey. When I tell people I am moving to Uganda they often perceive it as if I am putting my life on hold or running away from trying to move forward in life, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You make so many great points on why it’s the exact opposite of putting life on hold, so thank you for reassuring and reinforcing what life’s journeys can actually do! Hope you’re having a blast!!! 🙂

    – Patti Boi Schu

    1. A lot of people tend to think that is what we are doing, but that kind of comes with the territory I guess. Keep doing you and doing what makes you happy and the rest will fall into place! So excited for your adventure!

  7. Hi, Tarah, wish you had worked for me. Love your tenacity, inquisitive mind, love for life and care for others. Let us know what you hear back. love you Papa

  8. Hi, Tarah, wish you had worked for me. Love your tenacity, inquisitive mind, love for life and care for others. Let us know what you hear back. love you Papa

  9. Hi Tarah, just got home from being out all day. I have revised my thinking. Why don’t I work for you. Not sure I could keep up, but who knows Papa

  10. Hi Tarah, just got home from being out all day. I have revised my thinking. Why don’t I work for you. Not sure I could keep up, but who knows Papa

  11. Great article! I have had the uh…I guess you could say “privilege” of meeting Mr. Cardone at my last job (before I moved to Thailand). I can say first hand that guy, though he has an interesting story himself (though I have my doubts if any of it is true) is everything that is wrong in the world. A narcissistic, ego-maniac who thinks that the world revolves around him. Who is constantly harassing and looking to screw people over to make himself seem important. Similar to another “business” man in the US right now. He definitely missed out on a lot of the perks of seeing the world through different lenses. As I’ve learned more life skills in my year abroad than in five years working as a number back in the states. Not to knock anyone that decides to follow a path similar to his, or most Americans, as we as humans have created some incredible things, but traveling/living abroad can be great in so many ways. Plus, this constant state of greed that the majority of world has been living in has only been hurting us since we left the closeness of our tribal groups 10,000 years ago. Perpetuating unhappiness ever since. I usually don’t post or respond to articles no matter how great they are, I feel more and more inclined to as I watch what unfolds back in the US. Glad to see someone else who is willing think differently.

  12. Great article! I have had the uh…I guess you could say “privilege” of meeting Mr. Cardone at my last job (before I moved to Thailand). I can say first hand that guy, though he has an interesting story himself (though I have my doubts if any of it is true) is everything that is wrong in the world. A narcissistic, ego-maniac who thinks that the world revolves around him. Who is constantly harassing and looking to screw people over to make himself seem important. Similar to another “business” man in the US right now. He definitely missed out on a lot of the perks of seeing the world through different lenses. As I’ve learned more life skills in my year abroad than in five years working as a number back in the states. Not to knock anyone that decides to follow a path similar to his, or most Americans, as we as humans have created some incredible things, but traveling/living abroad can be great in so many ways. Plus, this constant state of greed that the majority of world has been living in has only been hurting us since we left the closeness of our tribal groups 10,000 years ago. Perpetuating unhappiness ever since. I usually don’t post or respond to articles no matter how great they are, I feel more and more inclined to as I watch what unfolds back in the US. Glad to see someone else who is willing think differently.

  13. I’ve not read the article that you are referring to, but have decided to avoid it at all costs because it sounds utterly poisonous and not something that I would want to let pollute me. Just the fact that he dares to judge peopl’s purpose makes my blood boil and I love your response to that section. How dare this person judge the worth of others in this way? It’s awful. Thanks for writing your awesome response. This will resonate with people much more than the original piece of trash article! You go, girl!

  14. I’ve not read the article that you are referring to, but have decided to avoid it at all costs because it sounds utterly poisonous and not something that I would want to let pollute me. Just the fact that he dares to judge peopl’s purpose makes my blood boil and I love your response to that section. How dare this person judge the worth of others in this way? It’s awful. Thanks for writing your awesome response. This will resonate with people much more than the original piece of trash article! You go, girl!

  15. YES, YES, YES! Well said! Not everyone’s purpose or goal in life is to graduate and have a career. Some want adventure and to live life to the fullest, every day! And travel offers this! Thank you for this!

  16. YES, YES, YES! Well said! Not everyone’s purpose or goal in life is to graduate and have a career. Some want adventure and to live life to the fullest, every day! And travel offers this! Thank you for this!

  17. Cool comeback. I agree about travel teaching maturity and coping skills, and it definitely teaches also empathy and perspective from meeting lots of different people of different cultures.

  18. Cool comeback. I agree about travel teaching maturity and coping skills, and it definitely teaches also empathy and perspective from meeting lots of different people of different cultures.

  19. So well said! I read the article by Grant Cardone a couple of days ago and as I read it I was already writing a response in my head. It said pretty much exactly what you have in this post. Good on you for putting your thoughts down in writing and for reflecting the views of so many of us out there 🙂

  20. So well said! I read the article by Grant Cardone a couple of days ago and as I read it I was already writing a response in my head. It said pretty much exactly what you have in this post. Good on you for putting your thoughts down in writing and for reflecting the views of so many of us out there 🙂

  21. I love your article – thanks so much for writing this. I’m in my mid 20s with an advanced degree and I can tell you that travel has been the best education I’ve ever received. I learn more from the solo backpacking trips I take than I ever will practicing law. In fact I am a changed person for traveling – having met so many different people from different cultures and backgrounds, I’m now much more open minded and curious than I’ve ever been. It’s very humbling to realize that the world is such a bigger place than the tiny bubble we grew up in, and we only know and understand such a small piece of the big picture. Hope this gets out to more people who, like Mr. Cardone, don’t understand this perspective.

  22. I love your article – thanks so much for writing this. I’m in my mid 20s with an advanced degree and I can tell you that travel has been the best education I’ve ever received. I learn more from the solo backpacking trips I take than I ever will practicing law. In fact I am a changed person for traveling – having met so many different people from different cultures and backgrounds, I’m now much more open minded and curious than I’ve ever been. It’s very humbling to realize that the world is such a bigger place than the tiny bubble we grew up in, and we only know and understand such a small piece of the big picture. Hope this gets out to more people who, like Mr. Cardone, don’t understand this perspective.

  23. Spot on! And well done for saying it. I never read his article but had seen a headline floating around there about what he said.
    And talk about projecting when he says “Comfort is the enemy of abundance”!!! As a millionaire, I’d say he was talking about himself as he has comfort and abundance in spades!
    When you travel, and see the world for what is REALLY is, and not what is preached in the media or through governments, it’s considered a threat. For so long we’re taught that anything other than our lives or lifestyle is wrong…then we experience for ourselves that actually, that might not necessarily be the case. Keep travelling – and loving!

  24. Spot on! And well done for saying it. I never read his article but had seen a headline floating around there about what he said.
    And talk about projecting when he says “Comfort is the enemy of abundance”!!! As a millionaire, I’d say he was talking about himself as he has comfort and abundance in spades!
    When you travel, and see the world for what is REALLY is, and not what is preached in the media or through governments, it’s considered a threat. For so long we’re taught that anything other than our lives or lifestyle is wrong…then we experience for ourselves that actually, that might not necessarily be the case. Keep travelling – and loving!

  25. I love this article. Thanks for putting it together. In regards to his response “I want to inspire millennials to work hard now so they can travel the world in style later” , who says everyone wants luxury travel? I’m perfectly happy using travel as a way to connect with locals, stay in homestays and not sit in my fancy hotel while people serve me. I think coming from a millionaire who probably has people often serving him, this is not particularly good advice. How about work hard, travel while you can and spend your money having amazing down-to-earth experiences and helping others along the way?

    Thanks for sparking a wonderful response to this debate.

    Yours sincerely,

    The Altruistic Traveller

  26. I love this article. Thanks for putting it together. In regards to his response “I want to inspire millennials to work hard now so they can travel the world in style later” , who says everyone wants luxury travel? I’m perfectly happy using travel as a way to connect with locals, stay in homestays and not sit in my fancy hotel while people serve me. I think coming from a millionaire who probably has people often serving him, this is not particularly good advice. How about work hard, travel while you can and spend your money having amazing down-to-earth experiences and helping others along the way?

    Thanks for sparking a wonderful response to this debate.

    Yours sincerely,

    The Altruistic Traveller

  27. Tarah – I was linked to your article by a friend on Facebook, and I loved what I read! As I read your post, I often found myself silently nodding along in agreement. However, I did have one comment/disagreement with you. I wrote up a quick reply comment on my blog, see the link below.

    http://abroadamerican.com/2017/02/a-response-millennials-dont-travel-yet/

    Basically, I disagree that traveling now is something necessary to enjoy “traveling” or vacationing later. I enjoy traveling now not for the fact that I know I’ll appreciate it when I’m older. Instead, I enjoy it and encourage it now because I love seeing new places and meeting all kinds of people. I enjoy it because I learn so much, and because it’s so fun. I would have made that point instead of yours when responding to his quote about being able to travel later in style. You’re not me though, so to each his/her own 🙂

    P.S. His point is a load of bullcrap anyway if you ask me, but I was more responding to your response to him anyway. Your response was good enough to satisfy my need to rebuke such a shallow argument. Also – I just subscribed to your list, keep it up!

    1. I will definitely go check out your article! From what you said here, I do understand your perspective as well. I know that it is not necessary to travel now in order to enjoy it later, but it might help! Appreciate your response. Safe travels!

  28. Tarah – I was linked to your article by a friend on Facebook, and I loved what I read! As I read your post, I often found myself silently nodding along in agreement. However, I did have one comment/disagreement with you. I wrote up a quick reply comment on my blog, see the link below.

    http://abroadamerican.com/2017/02/a-response-millennials-dont-travel-yet/

    Basically, I disagree that traveling now is something necessary to enjoy “traveling” or vacationing later. I enjoy traveling now not for the fact that I know I’ll appreciate it when I’m older. Instead, I enjoy it and encourage it now because I love seeing new places and meeting all kinds of people. I enjoy it because I learn so much, and because it’s so fun. I would have made that point instead of yours when responding to his quote about being able to travel later in style. You’re not me though, so to each his/her own 🙂

    P.S. His point is a load of bullcrap anyway if you ask me, but I was more responding to your response to him anyway. Your response was good enough to satisfy my need to rebuke such a shallow argument. Also – I just subscribed to your list, keep it up!

    1. I will definitely go check out your article! From what you said here, I do understand your perspective as well. I know that it is not necessary to travel now in order to enjoy it later, but it might help! Appreciate your response. Safe travels!

  29. Amen sista ???????????????? My favorite part is when you say, “Excuse me? I’m sorry, but you have no idea my purpose.” I can just picture you saying it. Haha great post Tar ❤️

  30. Amen sista ???????????????? My favorite part is when you say, “Excuse me? I’m sorry, but you have no idea my purpose.” I can just picture you saying it. Haha great post Tar ❤️

  31. Why does it have to be a choice? Do both! Build your career and travel by taking extended trips and consulting gigs (must have marketable skills). Mix it into a lifestyle. I always traveled during my 20 & 30’s on vacations and getaways. It wasn’t until my 40’s that I was able to quit my corporate job and live a life of freedom & travel, without selling my home, car, or anything. Fast forward over 60 countries later people wonder how I do it!

  32. Why does it have to be a choice? Do both! Build your career and travel by taking extended trips and consulting gigs (must have marketable skills). Mix it into a lifestyle. I always traveled during my 20 & 30’s on vacations and getaways. It wasn’t until my 40’s that I was able to quit my corporate job and live a life of freedom & travel, without selling my home, car, or anything. Fast forward over 60 countries later people wonder how I do it!

  33. Bravo girlfriend!! You said exactly what was on my mind, and I’m not even a millennial. I think your response was far too kind to his condescension, but I admire you for that. Keep it real and keep traveling!

  34. Bravo girlfriend!! You said exactly what was on my mind, and I’m not even a millennial. I think your response was far too kind to his condescension, but I admire you for that. Keep it real and keep traveling!

  35. When I was in my 20’s and traveling the world there was no cell phone, no internet, no constant/instant connection. My folks at times didn’t know where I was for weeks. You could be in Spain and decide that evening to jump on a ferry to Morocco. Theread was a joy of coming home with stories of adventure to tell.

    1. Wow!! To be honest, I am not sure I could have done that! It would be hard to travel and have no connection to anyone at home, but I so admire you for doing that. I’m sure you have some great stories!

  36. When I was in my 20’s and traveling the world there was no cell phone, no internet, no constant/instant connection. My folks at times didn’t know where I was for weeks. You could be in Spain and decide that evening to jump on a ferry to Morocco. Theread was a joy of coming home with stories of adventure to tell.

    1. Wow!! To be honest, I am not sure I could have done that! It would be hard to travel and have no connection to anyone at home, but I so admire you for doing that. I’m sure you have some great stories!

  37. When I was in my 20’s and traveling the world there was no cell phone, no internet, no constant/instant connection. My folks at times didn’t know where I was for weeks. You could be in Spain and decide that evening to jump on a ferry to Morocco. There was a joy of coming home with stories of adventure to tell.

  38. When I was in my 20’s and traveling the world there was no cell phone, no internet, no constant/instant connection. My folks at times didn’t know where I was for weeks. You could be in Spain and decide that evening to jump on a ferry to Morocco. There was a joy of coming home with stories of adventure to tell.

  39. What he also doesn’t seem to have grasped throughout all of his professional life experience, is that everyone is different. You hit the nail on the head with the “purpose,” if we all had the same purpose, as he claims is the right way to live life, the world would be unbalanced and a whole other slew of issues would arise. Flipped your post!

  40. Oh my! I hadn’t come across Mr.Cardone’s article so far!! Yeah, right, it is indeed a terrible advice! So many youngsters today have made travelling their profession itself! Sometimes, its just not about making money and I think Mr.Cardone is missing that point!!! I agree, unless you understand budget living (which mostly happens when traveling), it isn’t possible to appreciate luxury living!

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