Words by Carlie Tucker
You may have heard the quote, "Travel is the only thing we buy that makes us richer". Though a little overused and dangling on the precipice of cliche territory, it certainly rings true. Travel is indeed the only thing we buy that makes us richer, and not only in a figurative sense.
Business professionals that travel frequently will testify to the fact that getting out on the road on a regular basis is a great way to seek inspiration. In fact, many of the world's most famous CEOs have that story about their light bulb moment. Perhaps they were trekking the foothills of the Himalayas or exploring the farthest reaches of the Amazon rainforest when inspiration struck.
Of course, it doesn't always have to be so dramatic. Any kind of travel has the power to inspire while providing life skills that easily translate to success in the professional world. Here's how:
Beyond The Comfort Zone
If you've ever had to deal with a last minute change while travelling, you know how even the smallest detail can upset an entire itinerary. Dealing with these changes is an effective way to pick up a few savvy problem solving skills. Though, going beyond quick thinking, being in unfamiliar places and situations teaches stress coping strategies and confidence in the face of adversity – both of which are powerful tools in the business world.
The Value Of Diversity
There's a great big world out there with different customs and cultures. Travelling often to new places is the perfect way to expose yourself to it. Meeting new people and asking more questions is the right path to gaining insight and understanding. Frequent travelling not only perfects those networking basics, but it also teaches the value of a new perspective. It also opens the mind to alternative experiences and ways of thinking.
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Never Fear The Prospect Of Change
We all know how quickly the business world can change, which is why a flexible nature and ability to roll with the punches is a key attribute for success. Frequent travellers are all too familiar with change, and the prospect of a new adventure inspires rather than intimidates. Being on the road regularly instils the confidence needed to try new things, tackle new strategies and embrace new ideas.
Recognise And Seize Those Opportunities
Travel is all about seizing opportunities. Missing out could very well mean the difference between a good holiday and an amazing holiday. Frequent travellers know this all too well and have a keen eye for identifying opportunities that will pay off in a big way. This easily translates to the professional sphere, as a wider breadth of knowledge and experience offers the insight to see value where others may not and hone those instincts to know when something is right.
Inspiration and Innovation
It's easy to get bogged down by the daily grind, which can deplete creative juices. Of course, one of the best remedies for this is travel. Studies have shown that recharging the mind and body with a holiday is an effective way to restore productivity. Not only can a change in scenery help clear creative blockages, but it can expose you to new situations, challenges and ways of thinking – the perfect ingredients for fresh ideas and innovative solutions.