There is plenty of research out there that shows how travel makes your brain grow bigger, and if you want to stretch your brain, you need to go exploring.
Our very own Flight Centre founder and CEO Graham “Skroo” Turner went travelling to expand his mind. In fact this goal was the impetus behind the Flight Centre creation in the early 1970s. Today Flight Centre is a global travel juggernaut that came from very basic building blocks… just Skroo’s sense of adventure and one double-decker bus.
Skroo’s passion for travel also comes from the fact that he knows that by travelling we all learn to live in the moment; learn to value experiences over things; learn to just roll with what life throws at you; and learn to be open to new and different ways of looking at things.
And of course Skroo has always been open to new things and different approaches. Doing “stuff” differently has been pivotal to the company’s success.
But roll forward 30 odd years and there is growing recognition in the business community that travel generates some very tangible skills, things like…
Creativity and the ability to think outside the box are essential to successfully problem solve is an essential skill in a business world that is constantly growing in complexity.
Travelling and problem solving go hand in hand. You would be hard pressed to find any traveller (for business or pleasure) who has not had to problem solve or address a travelling challenge.
2. Cultural IQ
Exposure to different cultures gives business employees a competitive edge. You have the opportunity to study people, different approaches and ways of doing things and then incorporate these insights into your business - you’ll be one step closer to business success.
Travel, like business, involves challenges and while these issues may seem like hindrances at the time, they serve as real-life teaching moments. As an entrepreneur, you’ll need to be flexible, and situations will arise when you’ll be forced to pivot. The experiences you have while travelling will shape how you handle these situations in the workplace.
4. Stellar Communication
Communication is so much more than the words you utter. It includes being able to control your body language, make impressions, and lead with authority. When travelling, language barriers and cultural differences may be challenging to handle, but you find creative ways to get around them. Entrepreneurs later find that these experiences helped shape how they communicate and network with their peers.
One of the biggest advantages to travelling in a group is the ability to learn from each other and grow as a team. You are forced to rely on others’ abilities and compromise your own needs for the benefit of the whole group. In fact, it reinforces the idea that selflessness breeds positive results.
6. Time Management
Travel equals attention to detail and time management. From getting to the airport on time to making time to experience all the things you want to see, requires focused thought and deliberate attention to time restrictions and deadlines of others. All of which translate back to business and instils a better sense of time management.
Travelling is a great networking tool. It strengthens networking skills by forcing you out of your comfort zone and to interact with people you wouldn’t perhaps naturally talk to.
Ultimately, travelling teaches you to be a better leader because you’re forced to make decisions and interact with those around you. Being able to make decisions on the run while travelling is also an important skill to be an effective leader in an entrepreneurial world.
In fact entrepreneurs like Skroo and Virgin’s CEO, Richard Branson will tell you to succeed in business you have to go and experience the world, where you’re sure to discover that you’re more tenacious and prepared to take risks and able to win in business than you thought - so go on what are you waiting for...