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5 Benefits of traveling the world on your professional career

What if I told you traveling the world can have a positive impact on your professional career? Already packing your bags? Good! traveling the world can help you take your professional career to the next level.

But how? In this article, I lined up five benefits you will get from traveling the world!

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Benefits from traveling the world on your professional career

  1. Traveling the world improves your communication skills
  2. Traveling the world gives you new perspective
  3. Traveling the world develops your adaptability
  4. Traveling the world builds your networking skills
  5. Traveling the world increases your cultural awareness
Benefits of traveling the world on your professional career

1. Traveling improves your communication skills

Let’s start: the first one is the impact on your communication skills.

When you travel, you are constantly interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds. This helps you deliver your communication skills and will make you more confident when it comes to interacting with others. 

Especially when you travel alone, you will rely heavily on your communication skills (otherwise your solo-travel might be fairly lonely).

Communication here will help you to drive serendipity and it will positively impact you: you will become more open-minded and understanding of different viewpoints. Two soft skills you can use in your professional career.

Two people traveling benefiting from communication skills in their career

2. Traveling gives you new perspective for your career

Traveling will help you see things from a new perspective and gain a broader understanding of the world. It will help you think outside the box, give you new ideas and enable you to come up with creative solutions to problems.

It will also help you understand your colleagues better. For those who have read ‘The Culture Map’ from Erin Meyer, it might be already clear: things have different meanings in different cultures.

By traveling the world, you will become better at dealing with other cultures, understanding the do’s and don’ts. You will also become better at understanding the ‘underlying meaning’ of certain communications.

Person traveling getting a new perspective on their career

3. Traveling the world benefits your adaptability

For those who travel (not counting an all-inclusive resort) it will be no surprise: whenever you travel, you will face different situations where ‘things don’t exactly go as planned’.

Traveling the world requires you to adapt to new environments and situations, which will help you become more adaptable in your professional life. 

This can be especially beneficial if you work in a field that requires you to adapt to changing circumstances with high ambiguity. 

Being adaptive is a great skill to have and the easiest way to train this skill is by going outside of your comfort zone. Explore!

Person traveling on a mountain benefiting from her adaptability

4. Traveling builds your professional networking skills

When you travel, you have the opportunity to meet new people and make connections that can benefit your career. 

For example, when you really fall in love with a country, knowing a couple of locals in your own industry will make it easier for you to land a job in this region. 

While traveling you have the opportunity to build a strong (professional) network that can open doors to new opportunities.

People traveling to a mountain networking like in their career

5. Traveling increases your cultural awareness

By immersing yourself in different cultures, you can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world around you. This can help you become more culturally aware and sensitive, which can be valuable in today’s globalised world.

Employers often look at your background and value someone who has lived/been to multiple locations in the world (especially when they are culturally very different). Individuals who have seen a bit of the world, are often better at leading teams, understanding different needs and values. 

If you want to take your professional career to the next level, consider traveling the world.

Take a career break and go explore. Not only will it be an exciting and enriching experience, it will also bring you numerous benefits for your career.

Whether you are looking to improve your communication skills, gain a new perspective, develop adaptability, build your networking skills, or increase your cultural awareness, traveling has always something to offer.

Go pack your bags and get ready to embark on an adventure that can help you achieve your professional goals!

People traveling have more cultural awareness

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Written by Jeroen
Founder Preppally
March, 14, 2023

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