4 Valuable Lessons You Can Learn From Frequent Business Travel

7 March 2017
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There's no doubt that business travel comes with certain challenges, but it's through this adversity that we tend to learn our most important lessons. Here are just a few that can be applied across both your personal and professional life.  

A man walking on a train platform Learning to handle situations on your own is often the first lesson that comes with frequent business travel

1. Independence

Most people tend to shy away from solo travel, but you often don't have a choice when you're hitting the road for work. Sure it can be intimidating if you've never done it before, but embracing the opportunity to strike out on your own is an excellent lesson in independence. From making travel arrangements to managing the challenges of a hectic schedule away from the office, it's all valuable experience that can help you build confidence in yourself in making decisions, problem solving and critical thinking.

2. Patience

You know that old saying, 'patience is a virtue'? Well, it's true. Patience is one of the most valuable assets a person can have be it in a business meeting or at home. Unfortunately, it's one of those characteristics that many lack, particularly in today's world where most desires come at the touch of a button. That is, everything except the inevitable security line at the airport. Frequent travel will teach you that sometimes you just have to wait and having the patience to handle, even appreciate, that lag time is an important skill.  

A person riding a bike Getting out of your comfort zone is a great way to inspire yourself to think outside the box

3. To Push Your Own Boundaries

It's easy to fall into a routine when you work a standard 9 to 5 job. Frequent business travel not only shakes that up, but it tends to push us out of the comfort zone that comes with these routines. Suddenly, you're in a new destination and dealing with the basics of eating, commuting and working. You may even find yourself exploring on your  own in order to make the most of the travel opportunity. By putting yourself out there, you'll soon find out that it doesn't take much to acclimate yourself – a lesson you can apply to any new situations that may seem a little intimidating.         

4. Creative Thinking

If you find yourself getting bogged down in the daily grind, pushing the creative envelope can be a real challenge. Luckily frequent travel can help. A change of scenery can often be the best medicine for depleted creative juices. It can help clear creative blockages while putting you in new situations and exposing you to new solutions. All of which plays a large part in generating fresh ideas. 

Carlie Tucker

Travelling is for discovering the unexpected. From fantastic meals in ramshackle joints to stumbling upon a best kept secret, I love those fortuitous travel moments that couldn't be planned if I tried.
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