These days, you open up Instagram and it seems as though everyone is traveling to some foreign country taking selfies for days. Well, there’s a good reason for it, and this doesn’t just apply to travel bloggers.
Travelling is such a gift that many people don’t realize until it’s too late.
Taking the time to travel can benefit you in so many ways:
Opens up Doors – travelling abroad opens up so many new doors that without stepping outside your comfort zone, wouldn’t have been there. Many CEO’s, most notably Scott Harrison of Charity Water, started his success story after a trip abroad to Liberia. After seeing so many impoverished people, it really opened up a passion to help others. Even if you don’t come back from a vacation and open up a wildly successful charity, you will inevitably look at previous problem with a fresh perspective and possibly even discover a new passion and/or career you would have never dreamed of before.
Cultural Knowledge – you become more affluent in the many different cultures around the world. Now, you might be asking yourself, why is this important? Being knowledgeable, learning how to read people, how to talk to people in varying cultures broadens your horizons at work. Trying to bag a new client from overseas? Knowing tiny cultural yet personal details might just sway the scales for this prospective client. It’s all in the little details.
Teaches Interpersonal Skills – Naturally, people who have done a lot of travelling simply have a far better way of talking to strangers. Needing directions in a new town? Looking for a good place to eat? These are all questions, as a tourist in a foreign country; you will have to ask locals. And, if you’re lucky, it won’t even be in the same language! Building a good rapport with strangers looks good on your resume and will benefit your career.
Now that we know why it’s so good FOR your job, how do you accomplish this while being full-time employed?
Use your vacation days – So many of us let holiday time rollover into the following year or worse, expire before the year is out! It’s so important that employees use their well-earned vacation time to decompress and broaden their horizons.
Long weekends are your best friend – Running short on vacation days? Slap one onto a long-weekend to take a 4-day mini vacay! There are so many international flights within hours reach of a long weekend (ie: Iceland).
Be organized – there is simply no shortcut for this one. Plan ahead and book the time off well in advance to ensure you actually use it. Budget ahead and look at amazing flight deals to ensure you are getting an awesome deal!