5 reasons why quitting our jobs and traveling is making us more employable in the future
Talk to anyone who has traveled, wants to travel or is traveling and you’ll quickly hear all the good things that travel can do. It helps you see the world, experience different cultures and try new things. It has also helped us realise that these experiences are making us more employable in the future.
Recently we quit our jobs to travel the world. Here are 5 reasons we reckon we’re doing the right thing for our future careers.
Travel is teaching us to be better communicators
It’s not what you say, its how you say it. Nothing is truer when there is a language barrier, a cultural barrier, or both! How we speak, the words we use, our tone of voice, our body language and our expressions are all being tweaked all the time to ensure we can be as effective as possible. Effective communication within a business, between businesses and, between business and customers is paramount and we are getting in lots of practice.
Travel is also making us better listeners
The second you stop trying to do more than 1 thing at a time and truly concentrate on a conversation, you suddenly realise so much that you might have otherwise missed out on. Often with a language barrier, what people say and what they mean are two different things. We’ve tried to listen to understand, rather than listen to respond. When meeting new people, we are trying to employ the 2:1 ratio. 2 ears: 1 mouth.
Travel is inspiring us to think of new ideas, solve new challenges and be our best selves.
Seeing new things, talking to new people, and changing your environment are all good ways to change your focus and thinking. These are good problem-solving tactics at home but their benefit becomes amplified when you’re on the road. These learnings can be applied to business problems and integrated into business solutions down the line. Observing a range of cultures opens your mind to realise there are many ways to solve the same problem. Your way can be right, but not the only way – there can be many roads to a destination, and none of them are wrong.
Travel is teaching us how to make use of 24 hours in a day
Moving from place to place can be exhausting and liberating but it has made it obvious to us just how much time we spend staring at our phones, checking social media and not being very productive. We’ve been practicing time-boxing to ensure we get stuff done before we have our down time.
Travel is making us think about different ways to work
Once you’re bitten by the travel bug the idea of going back to a 9-5 job can feel a little daunting. Traveling has both opened our eyes to how businesses elsewhere work and got our brains working overtime to think of new ways to bring home the bacon in a way that works for our lifestyle.