I’m a big advocate of enjoying life and doing what you whatever you want; work to live, don’t live to work. However, if you ever feel the need to justify your wanderlust to those less understanding people (or heck, just maybe you just need to convince yourself?), then feel to say it’s for your career and show them this article!

1. Cultural awareness and global perspective

Travelling exposes you to different cultures, traditions, and ways of thinking. It broadens your horizons and helps you appreciate diverse perspectives, which is super useful in today’s globalised business world. You’ll be a pro at communicating and collaborating with people from all walks of life!

Every new place I have been to, I’ve learned some useful tidbit about life there and also elsewhere from meeting other people. Funny how a trip to Australia got me learning more about Scotland, as I met my Scottish husband there and gained lots of knowledge about his home country. I’m now better versed in understanding their accents better than I use to, and have learned masses about Scottish culture and politics from living there for several years.

2. Networking opportunities

When you travel, you get to meet folks from different industries and backgrounds. It’s like expanding your professional family! You can attend conferences, seminars, and networking events where you can make connections with like-minded professionals. Plus, if you work remotely, you can work from cool coworking and coliving spaces and meet awesome people along the way.

Indeed, the internet itself is amazing and full of many online networking opportunities, from live virtual events, to social media and online forums. However, in my opinion, sometimes nothing beats being able to meet and vibe with people in real life.

3. Language and communication skills

Going to different countries means you’ll come across different languages and ways of communicating. It’s a chance to brush up on a language you learned ages ago or pick up some new phrases. Being able to communicate effectively across cultures is a major asset in the professional world. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up impressing your clients or colleagues that speak another language!

For me, every time I go to Spain, I try to make an effort to practise my rusty high school Spanish skills. As one of the most spoken languages in the world, it really can’t help to know a bit, especially if I decide to South America one day!

4. Adaptability and problem-solving skills

Travelling often throws unexpected challenges your way. You might find yourself in unfamiliar situations, dealing with language barriers, or solving problems on the fly. It’s like a crash course in adaptability and problem-solving! Those skills come in handy at work too, where things can get crazy and require quick thinking and creativity.

When I went to Bali, I had to be aware of the difference in time zone from my UK-based clients (8 hours!) and adjust my day accordingly. This meant starting my day a bit later, which was actually OK for me because I’m a night owl that likes to sleep in, plus, it was easier to work when it was cooler weather anyway, so win-win!

5. Creativity and inspiration

New places, new ideas! When you explore different landscapes, art, architecture, and cultures, it sparks your creativity. It’s like filling up your inspiration tank. Who knows, you might even come up with a brilliant business idea, or find inspiration for your next artistic endeavour. Maybe it’s directly travel-related, in that you decide you want to open your own hostel or coliving space one day. Or it could be just a case of finding subjects for creating your art, or being inspired to write your next book.

Being exposed to diverse experiences helps you approach professional challenges with fresh eyes. Travel can help you to come up with unique solutions that you might not have had you stayed in one place.

6. Knowledge of international markets

Travelling lets you get up close and personal with international markets. It’s like getting insider knowledge! Maybe you already have a great idea that you’re doing field research for to get a better feel for a market, rather than just relying on secondary sources like books and the internet.

You can observe how businesses operate, spot market trends, and understand consumer behaviour first-hand. That’s gold if you’re into international business or planning to expand globally. With that kind of understanding, you’ll be one step ahead of the competition.

7. Personal development and self-awareness

Travelling is not just about the job; it’s about personal growth too! Experiencing different cultures and situations helps you understand yourself better and develop resilience. It’s like a crash course in personal development! You’ll gain a broader perspective on life and work, which can make you a better leader, decision-maker, and team player. Plus, you never know who you might meet on your travels — could be a future business partner or a lifelong friend!

Conclusion

In the end, everyone’s experience is different, so make sure you find the travel experiences that align with your goals and values. Whether it’s attending conferences, staying at coliving spaces, or immersing yourself in the local scene, get out there and make the most of it! Travel can be an incredible catalyst for professional growth and development. Taking yourself out of your comfort zone and learning beyond books and blogs can only be a good thing, I’d say! So, go ahead and explore the world while levelling up your career!

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