1. People who travel are able to thrive outside of their comfort zone.
This is a basic theme for people who travel a lot. When you leave your home, you leave your entire comfort zone. Once you’ve left that comfort zone, you learn to thrive in situations that you’d otherwise never be exposed to.
In your career, and really in your entire life, being open to big changes can transform your life and help lead you to much bigger things, but you have to know how to accept big changes and learn to thrive in them. Besides, your comfort zone expands and contracts with your bravery. Believe me, it might be scary at first, but your comfort zone will catch up.
2. People who travel learn to manage their emotions.
I’m no stranger to the occasional meltdown in the airport at 2:00AM, but learning to control your emotions, particularly negative ones, is crucial to being a successful traveler. Not only will you meld better with people you aren’t accustomed to, but you have a better time!
That kind of skill can be transferred to your place of work. You’re going to face down some major bumps and hurdles along the path to success, and knowing how to control your emotions will help improve your performance down that path.
3. People who travel manage their fear and get past it.
This ties in a lot to number one. There are scary things that can happen while you’re traveling, especially if you’re very far from home. You could lose your visa, get your wallet stolen, become lost in an unfamiliar city where no one speaks your language, and other scary trials may present themselves.
People who travel learn to face down those fears, get past them, and continue along whatever path they happen to be traveling. This attitude is useful along your path to success too. Changes can be scary, but face it and get past it. You’ll thank yourself later.
4. People who travel can see opportunities where others don’t.
So far we’ve talked about getting out of your comfort zone, controlling your emotions and getting past your fears. We’re starting to see a theme here, aren’t we? In addition to those excellent personality traits, people who travel learn to see opportunity and beauty where other people may not.
People who travel are able to spread their wings as wide as they can and take plunges, caution be damned. And that’s great for your path toward success. The more you see the opportunities around you, the further you can get.
5. Lastly, people who travel can understand the differences between people.
Mark Twain sums it up well: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
When you travel, you experience other people and other cultures. In every sense, it broadens your horizons and makes you more capable of accepting others for who they are. Bigotry and narrow-mindedness in the workplace can be a career-wrecker that prevents you from moving up and may eventually even cost you your job. Losing your job doesn’t do a thing to improve upon your successes, but rather, erases many of them.