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12 Important Career Skills You Will Improve By Traveling

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Travel is about seeing new places, getting to know new people, and discovering other cultures. But that’s not all you gain by traveling. It also helps you improve essential career skills.

Whether you’re just beginning your career or you’re looking to take the next step, developing these skills will help you stand out from the competition.

If you’re looking to further your career, here are 12 skills that traveling can help you develop.

Dan and Linda in Kurdistan Iraq

1. Time management

If you are a traveler, you know how important it is to plan your time properly so that you can get the most out of your time in a new city. Travel teaches you how to schedule, plan, and budget your time wisely, so you don’t miss a connecting flight or waste valuable sightseeing time by waiting in ticket lines.

Time management is one of the most important skills employers are looking for, because productivity affects their bottom line. By learning how to manage your time wisely, you will be able to complete tasks efficiently and effectively, without cutting corners.

2. Creativity

If your mind isn’t being challenged, it’s hard to be creative. Meeting different people, listening to different opinions, visiting different places, and changing your outlook on the world can help you develop your imagination and enrich your way of thinking.

Traveling is an opportunity to learn something new, interesting, and incredible about ordinary things. Travel makes you think outside the box, which can be a great asset at your work. It also refreshes your mind, and you’ll return to work with many new ideas.

3. Organizational skills

Travel requires very clear organization and planning. You must plan your mode of travel, budget, safety, entertainment, accommodations, etc. Lack of planning can lead to serious problems. For example, if you forget to take a map, you can get lost. If you manage your budget incorrectly, you might end up without money in an unfamiliar place. Therefore, traveling is a good way to learn organizational skills, which will certainly help you in your work.

4. Cooperation 

Because we frequently travel with family or friends and must make all significant decisions as a group, everyone must learn to work as part of a team. Traveling is an excellent method to develop your skills as a team player.

From home-based businesses to jobs for traveling project managers, teamwork is an essential skill. And, as with any skill, the more you practice it, the better you’ll become at it. So every additional journey improves your teamwork skills.

Linda buying a souvenir from Embera women in Darien Panama

5. Decision-making

Do you occasionally struggle to decide quickly and wisely? Travel helps you prioritize your objectives, think about the steps you need to take to accomplish them, and then select the solution that is best for you.

When you travel, you’ll develop the ability to think on your feet. You’ll learn to make quick decisions in challenging situations while taking into account all the risks and opportunities. This skill will come in handy at work.

6. Coping with stress

Anytime you travel, there will always be some trying experiences. After all, when you’re in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people and a language you don’t know, it’s to be expected that things won’t go smoothly 100% of the time.

This is where your skill with coping with stress will come in handy. By learning how to handle stressful situations calmly and rationally, you can develop the ability to stay cool under pressure, which is an essential quality in any career.

7. Foreign language skills

When you’re in a foreign country, you’ll learn to overcome language barriers as you order food, ask for directions, and work to communicate with others. Even if you don’t become fluent, learning some key phrases will help you connect with locals and make your travel experiences more enjoyable.

Being able to speak a foreign language can give you a significant career advantage. With the globalization of the business world, more and more companies are doing business with foreign partners. Those who can communicate in a foreign language are in high demand.

8. Social skills

You engage with visitors and locals frequently while you travel. Learning to interact with a variety of people in a variety of cultures enhances your social abilities.

Research suggests that those who excel in social skills will climb the corporate ladder more quickly than those who don’t. That sounds like an excellent justification for a quick weekend getaway!

Linda practicing her career skills with children in Cambodia

9. Visualization abilities

Start planning your next trip if you want to think more creatively and retain information better, because memory recall and improved creativity have both been linked with exploring different cultures.

By indulging your imagination and broadening your perspective through travel, you will be able to come up with more innovative ideas at work.

10. Solving problems

When you’re traveling, you’re constantly solving problems. How do I get to the airport? My train is delayed, what do I do now? I left my passport at the hotel, what should I do?

Problem-solving is an essential ability in the workplace and daily life. A fantastic problem-solver will be able to locate the issue, understand why it’s happening, develop a possible fix, carry out that plan, and finally monitor how well it worked.

The more problems you solve while traveling, the better equipped you’ll be to handle any challenges that come your way in your career.

11. Adaptation

One of the most crucial career skills you gain from traveling is adaptation. Learning to go with the flow in a new environment and culture, and quickly adjust to any unforeseen conditions, is a valuable ability that will come in handy in any career.

Linda trying durian fruit

12. Active listening

Active listening is one of the most crucial skills you can learn while traveling. When you’re in a foreign country and trying to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak your language, you quickly learn the importance of truly listening to what the other person is saying. Over time, you’ll learn to hear, understand, and remember what they are saying and then make use of what they tell you.

In the workplace, active listening will help you get all the information you need and better understand your colleagues and clients. There is nothing better than feeling like someone is listening and understanding you.

Conclusion

As you can see, traveling can do wonders for your career. By gaining new skills and experiences, you can make yourself more employable and enhance your career prospects.

So, if you’re looking for an excuse to book that ticket, now you have 12! Bon voyage!

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Written by Linda

Linda is multilingual and has been to around 60 countries. Her insatiable love of travel, cuisine, and foreign languages inspired her to create As We Saw It with her husband Dan, a professional photographer. Her goal is to make travel easier for others and to offer a brief escape to another land.

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