How Travel Makes You Smarter & a Boss at Work!
here are a handful of different types of career people, those who work their butts off for every last dollar and those who work the system. What do I mean? Well I mean to say, that some are like my dad, who work insane hours and feel like career success takes a heck of a lot of work.
And then, there are people like two of my business mentors. My coaches know how to hack the money making system. Their secret? .. Yeah, you probably guessed it. Travel.
Why travel? How can travel make you a boss at business?
Why .. I’m glad you asked. When I heard my first mentor credit his continued entrepreneurial success to his travel schedule, I was shocked.
How could a man running several businesses, making seven figures take such frequent vacations? …. and not touch his work while away while maintaining his seven figure income?
WTF?! Since when do long hours not = more income.
Alright, So right about now this sounds like I’m going to tell you how to make some business system that will free you from the workplace. Right?
Okay, no, sorry I’m not going to do that quite yet. I’m not going to do that now because to free yourself from the workplace means that you’re already there. Right?
Whether you want to escape the cubicle, be better at your passion, or just be a boss at work, travel is one heck of a way to do it!
The mind blowing about travel is that it can boost your personal and professional life. Putting our brain and business on holiday makes you smarter!
And… there’s research to back it up. Oh yes, I’m not trying to sell you on a half-baked idea I’ve heard from one Kooky entrepreneur!
If you’re looking to escape the office, you might also want to save this article for future reference. I may be young, but I have used the research from this article to negotiate remote work agreements already!
If you’re looking to escape the office, you might also want to save this article for future reference. I may be young, but I have used the research from this article to negotiate remote work agreements already!
Thank you, Ken and Ariana for setting the example!
How Travel Makes you Smarter
t’s known that some epically smart people have traveled the world while working.
Mark Twain and Mr. Hemming way, anyone?
Finally, research is catching up to what some of the best and brightest have known for years.
One of the best ways to make yourself smarter is with cultural immersion; aka living like a local abroad.
Duh living abroad means you learn new things. But does that make you smarter?
Yes, research shows travel makes you smarter by making you more creative. Steeping yourself in another culture teaches your brain to think differently and bounce between ideas.
The fancy term for this is ” cognitive flexibility .” Or the extra-fancy term is that travel increases your ” neural plasticity .” ( basically the same thing… )
Travel Makes You A Better Problem Solver
he workplace is chock full of problems that need answers. So, fortunately, travel makes you a better problem solver.
The more flexible your brain is, the easier it is to connect the dots.
The fact that travel makes you smarter with creative thought extends to more than just creative intelligence.
The more flexible your brain is, the easier it is to connect the dots.
On a basic level, if you look at language many have words with multiple meanings. By exposing yourself to new cultures, you open your mind to seeing new meanings and connections.
Kinda like how the word ” Crane ” can refer to someone sticking out their neck, a bird or a piece of equipment.
Travel helps you see multiple meanings and connections between facts.
Say hello to a whole new world of possibility!
I’ll take those stats!
Travel Makes You Smarter by Opening your Mind
eople who see the world tend to have more trust. And, faith in others is a surprisingly valuable business skill. Distrust blocks your brain. When you mistrust, someone you lean toward
” Black and White Thinking.”
Mistrust and rigid thought keep you in a limited mindset that blocks opportunity. Have a little faith in others and opportunities will come knocking.
From a logical perspective, travel makes you smarter by honing your gut instinct. I like to call this “borrowed intelligence.”
Some of the greatest minds of the industrial revolution in the US used this type of smarts to build their empires.
To me borrowed brains comes down to:
- Knowing who is full of hot air vs. who knows their stuff.
- Seeing who is giving you this info for an iffy reason or out of good will
While on the road you will learn to assess who to trust.
Travel Opens Your Heart
he Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that kids who study abroad are more humble than those who have not.
Humility goes hand in hand with having an open mind.
This quality gets rid of blocks that keep you from accepting new info.
Think about it this way if you have a bit of an ego sometimes it’s harder to listen to someone you feel superior to.
For example, the number of times my parents refuse to take my advice just because I am their kid is astounding.
It’s the same deal in business. It can be difficult for upper management to listen to new employees.
Travel Boosts your Career, By helping you to Shake off Fear !
eople who see more of the world tend to be more open to trying new things in their everyday lives. This fact, seems to go along with having faith in others.
Travel expands your comfort zone. More often than not we are afraid of the unknown.
Travel makes you smarter igniting your brain
ur minds tend to go on auto-pilot when we do the same things over and over again.
Our minds tend to go on auto-pilot when we do the same things over and over again.
Auto-pilot-mind means that we can go numb to what’s right in front of us. But, as you explore foreign territory new stimuli bombards your brain.
All of this new environmental feedback stimulates all parts of your brain.
All of this brain activity switches the gears your brain from neutral to drive. Talk about jump-starting your noggin.
Also while on a trip, people tend to spend more time in nature. Whats awesome about this is that there is a lot of research on the benefits the outdoors. When it comes to working, fresh air keeps your mind sharper and boosts performance.
The bottom line on how Travel Makes you Smarter:
f you’re still not convinced that travel makes you smarter and a boss at business, check it out! The U.S. Travel Association found that people who use their vacation days are 6.5% more likely to get promoted.
How about them apples?
Liberate yourself from the workplace and feel good about taking a break. Travel is one of the best investments you can make in your personal and work life.
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All Journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware
– Martin Buber
THE 7 AWESOME BENEFITS OF TRAVEL.
ver wonder why it seems like every magazine you pick up is loaded with public figures on vacation? Nope, it’s not just because they have cool jobs that let them have time off. And nope they’re not only working on their tans. The benefits of travel extend far beyond relaxation!
It might seem counterintuitive, but spending time away can make you better at being you. Taking a trip might be just what you need to revamp and revitalize your life. Research shows that those who spend money on experiences are happier and more productive. Boo-yeah!
After you’re done reading this article, you might begin wondering: How I can afford not to travel? Rather than wondering how can I afford to travel? ( Not that we won’t cover that topic too! )
The insane benefits of travel affect your: body, brain, business, creativity, and social life. Win, win, win!
Travel is one of the top-secret, business and life hacks of the most successful people around the world.
For those in a high-pressure job, or feeling in a rut, travel is critical.
Some of the crazy awesome benefits of travel include:
1. Shaking off Expectations
2. Developing who you want to be
3. Make connections
4. Cultivate gratitude
5. Gain perspective on what is and isn’t working
Bonus: Travel makes you happier!
Exploring the world is one of the most underrated investments in yourself and life.
1. Shake off Expectations
One of the secret reasons why you see public figures traveling is that it helps to shake off expectations.
If you work in a high-pressure job, or feel pressure to be a certain way, it may be time to take a break.
Time away from home gives you the space to figure out what feels right to you.
It can be easy to feel the pressure to conform the way other people live. Though, the more of the world you see, the easier it is to see that there is no one way to succeed.
You don’t have to fit into the mold that other people follow just because it works for them.
Public figures often travel to remote destinations to get the space that they need. When you feel under pressure, it can be harder to figure out what you want to do and what you are expected to do.
Back in college, a successful entrepreneur-mentor of mine told me that he takes regular zero-work trips. He uses this time to evaluate what’s working and what isn’t without the pea gallery. And, he makes seven figures, so I think that something is working.
Similar to how travel gives you the time and the space to question expectations.
Globe-trotting gives you the time and space to develop we want to be.
Time away from home can be the perfect chance to connect and cultivate your sense of self. You may find a new freedom to explore interests without inhibition while abroad.
No matter how famous, quirky, busy, or successful you are there’s a place where you can relax and be you.
Vacations are also an excellent time to try out new habits, hobbies, or sense of style.
2. Develop who you want to be
It’s not hard to feel alone in a crowd. But, it’s also just as easy to turn to the person next to you and strike up a conversation.
Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group there’s an implicit understanding among travelers that we’re looking to connect and share experiences.
What this means is that your fellow travelers are open to making friends and sharing experiences with you.
Sharing experiences with others it is one of the best ways to bond and make meaningful connections.
If you let this fact, sink in you can liberate yourself to put yourself out there.
Talk about a kick-*ss confidence boost!
Also the more time you spend abroad, the greater sense of being at home in the world you’ll enjoy. Many cultures around the globe are very welcoming and open to foreigners.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m away from home for a while, I appreciate everything much more.
While abroad you don’t have the same kinds of luxuries that you do have at home. For me, there is a certain quality of comfort that’s missing when I’m away. And, this means that when get home, I have a whole new level of gratitude for home!
Even at the most luxury hotels or resorts, I often miss the little things.
4. Cultivate Gratitude
While abroad you’ll appreciate home more… or not. One of the awesome benefits of travel is that it gives you a new perspective.
Taking a step away lets you figure out what’s working and isn’t. As much as I typically gain appreciation for home while away that isn’t always the case.
I’ve also had the experience go abroad and can’t stand the idea of returning home to the same routine. Let me tell you, when that happens, its quite the wake-up call.
Gain perspective on what is and isn’t working
Travel tends to highlight the things in your life that are and aren’t working.
If you go abroad and feel more at home and more alive, then it’s time to evaluate. Time away from home is an opportunity to bring positive change into your everyday life.
The Mastery Jounal – A journal that helps you evaluate and direct your business and life decisions. From Amazon.
All the new stimulation while abroad can be overwhelming, but if you pick the right type of travel for you, you’ll be able to gain energy.
On trips, we have time to explore our passions and relax. Taking time away from work or our everyday routine can give you the space you need to shake things up and explore! New experiences can reinvigorate passion and a lust for life!
You’ll feel energized
Bonus: You’ll be happier
Spending time in a new environment shakes up your routine and can help create a new outlook on life.
With the new site sounds and smells of exotic destinations, you can let your imagination and creativity run wild.
Travel fills the human curiosity and craving for adventure. Don’t save seeing the world for that special place for retirement or only your dreams. Taking a trip doesn’t have to be a big deal or saved for some undetermined date in the future. In fact, We think that travel is one of the best investments you can make, especially since it makes you smarter and a boss at work! Take a look at these two articles to learn the how and why:
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes
Why I Ditched Cheap Travel.
e’ve all been there. There are times where we want or want to do something but don’t want to pay the price. So what happens? Well, we either try to skimp on cost or wait until we are ready to pull the trigger. duh. Okay, so this was my mentality towards travel for years. And let me tell you, looking back on it, the cheap travel was never worth it.
Up until a few years ago; I held the thought that when it came to travel the cheaper, the better! I would do just about anything to skimp on travel costs. Now, just to be clear, when I say that I would only go for cheap travel options, I don’t mean the affordable… well, I guess-this-will-do-option.
I mean the super-late-night-red-eye flight with 4-hour layover that leads to a bus and then a train all the while traveling with a shoddy bag.
Okay, so you get the idea. Yeah, I saved a bit here and there, however along the way I created far more headaches than necessary
I figured that it didn’t matter how I traveled. All I cared about was that I got to my destination in one piece.
I had this idea because I thought that since I was treating myself, I should cut costs wherever possible.
“When it comes to travel and travel accessories, what you pay for is what you get”
The irony is that I cheated myself out of my travel experience. This article is the story of why I will never go back to cheap travel. And, why I think you should too!
To clarify, I don’t think that you should go on an: “All out spend-your-entire-savings travel binge!
No, I think that when it comes to how you travel: what you put in is what you get out. Sadly with travel accessories and transportation, what you pay for is what you get.
This change in mentality, lead me to found the Urban Wayfarer. I felt like I had to share what I’ve learned.
I couldn’t leave others in the dark. Especially I suffered quite a bit from aiming for cheap travel and I know others have too. My team and I also believe that travel is one of the best investments in your can make so we don’t want you to be cheated!
Related content: Why we think travel is an investment…
How it all started…
How it all began.
I had no idea what a difference investing in luggage could make. If only I had known what I do now.
Growing up I traveled a lot. As a dual citizen of France and the United States, I racked up quite a few frequent flier miles at an early age.
On the one hand, I loved my family, but on the other how we traveled was exhausting.I had a serious love-hate with travel at the time.
My parents did not skimp on travel expenses but had an issue with over packing. When we traveled, we brought our lives with us. This situation isn’t perfect, to begin with, and then it gets worse.
All of this travel took place before luggage trackers, seamless flights, and luggage weight restrictions. So to avoid losing our luggage, my parents would encourage us to stuff everything into our carry-ons and personal item.
What that meant is that I had to become the most efficient and effective packer ever!
Anywho, there’ll be more on that later.
Read Realted Content: How to pack your carry on.
Would I recommend doing this today? No, not really.
This type of travel is stressful and lead me to cut corners with how I traveled. Somehow I got the mentality that it did not matter how I got to my destination, just that I got there.
My family never put much thought into how draining our transit choices would be. And, I was too young to realize how much easier travel could be. I had no idea what a massive difference that investing in quality luggage and transportation could make!
What Cheap Travel
Since I never questioned my family’s travel mentality, I picked up some bad habits. I thought it was okay to cut corners on transportation and buy discount luggage.
I didn’t realize what cheap travel really costs.
Like I’ve said, I did save some money. But at the cost of fully enjoying the experiences, I spent even more time and money to have!
When I used to aim for discount and cheap travel I was more stressed than not. Bags broke, luggage was lost, I couldn’t find necessary items, and on and on!
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The hard truth is that I cheated myself out of the experience down the line.
“Cheap Travel Cheats You out of Your Travel Experience”
The terrible irony of this mentality was that it wasn’t as if I could not afford to travel well.
I simply thought that since I was treating myself to a nice trip, I should try and save where it was easiest.
When the Truth
Finally Sank in…
For example, on my first trip to California, I decided to get the cheapest flight that I could on the way over and that meant having a seven-hour layover in the Las Vegas airports in the dead of night.
It was just short enough of a layover that I thought booking a hotel did not make sense…
What a disaster. It was probably one of the most uncomfortable night that I have ever spent with blaring rock music and neon flashing lights all around. That’s not to say that the Las Vegas airport doesn’t have something great about it, but I certainly am not a fan.
By the time I arrived in Cali, I was exhausted and had to stay up for a full 14 hours to make it through a day of work. For the rest of the trip, I was playing catch up and struggled to stay fully present.
When I think about it, what I saved on those tickets was not worth the result.
On another occasion where I bought discount luggage, I ended up taking someone else’s luggage home because it looked exactly like mine.
Trust me no one wants to get a phone call from the TSA saying that they think you’ve taken someone else’s luggage home and to find out that they are right!
If you think that’s bad; by the time I got the TSA phone call, I was over an hour away from the airport!
What I did not realize at the time was that what I was saving on my luggage and airplane ticket was costing me the ability to fully enjoy the experience of traveling!
How I think about travel now.
As I began to travel more and more often, I realized how unsustainable it is to travel with luggage that falls apart easily or on flights that require a seven-hour layover.
So now I’ve made an entirely new choice and no longer skimp on travel when I can afford not to.
Travel Well Traveling well isn’t about spending a fortune. Its about knowing what you are investing in!
At present, I think about investing in travel and travel accessories like investing in your car and its wheels. The hard truth is that I was actually cheating myself out of the experience down the line.
Can you imagine skimping on the quality of your car’s wheels?!
I know that I certainly cannot.
The wheels of your car like your luggage go with you everywhere you go and make sure you get there safely.
Who doesn’t want to be able to leave at a moment’s notice and be confident that your plans will go off without a hitch? I know that that being able to take off at a moment’s notice is exactly what I want and need because of my busy lifestyle.
he last thing anyone wants is to have luggage that falls apart while en route or isn’t what you thought it was. It can be disastrous to think you have scored a great travel deal only to have something go awry.
Once it fully sunk in why discount travel isn’t worth it, I began to research better travel options and products. This research has made a world of difference for me and I want to share.
My Top Reasons Why Cheap Travel Isn’t Worth It:
Ultimately, It Doesn’t Make Sense Financially
Discount air fare is not all that its cracked up to be. When you are taking time off of work to travel or traveling for work time is money. If you buy a cheap ticket and it means uncomfortable travel conditions you are paying way more than the cost of the ticket. Hear me out.
If you are uncomfortable while traveling you will need a more recovery time. A longer recovery means is that you won’t be able to work as well. And this recovery time can cost you and make working well or enjoying travel difficult.
Sure, you might find an all-star discount every now and then. But the majority of discount tickets are far from desirable.
Cheap luggage simply does not hold up like premium luggage does. So when you buy cheap luggage, you should plan on buying another soon. When I used to skimp on luggage I would buy new bags all the time. After a while this habit got expensive. I would have been better off buying a suitcase that would last rather than 5 cheap cases would break.
Also cheap travel items are not equipped with the same features that premium bags. Let me tell you, this makes a difference! Not having the features that you need makes travel more stressful. I would often have to dig for important travel items or buy another bag while on the go.
It Keeps You from Fully Enjoying Your Trip
If how you travel is stressing you out, its not worth it. Back aches, leg cramps, and a lack of sleep all keep you from enjoying travel. When you invest time and money into a trip it doesn’t make sense to do something that could hinder the experience
Discount Travel and luggage Hard on Your Body.
Like i’ve mentioned above, skimping on travel is hard on your body. Cheap airfare often means uncomfortable seats which can lead to body aches a lack of sleep and colds. ick. Also its easy to under estimate how taxing poorly designed luggage can be on your body.
Its Harder to Recover from Cheap Travel
Just a few photos from my travels.
No regrets here. I love my suitcase now, so worth it! And the extra airplane space? Loved it. Spend what you can, but go for the best.
hether or not travel should or should not be considered an investment is a heavily debated topic. Some say yes, others say no, while others still, fall somewhere in between.
So, we would like to present to you our opinion on why you should think of travel as an investment!
We believe that holding this mentality will give you license to travel more and ultimately will better your life.
How We see it:
Although travel might not be a traditional investment, it certainly acts like one.
Just like with assets you can buy in financial markets, with travel you can come up with a positive or negative result. The only difference is that you might not see a direct financial reward immediately after you travel.
( Though that does not mean it can’t happen! )
When it comes to travel, like any other saving and investing activity, it takes a bit of discipline.
But the amazing thing about travel is that it benefits more areas than just your financial wealth!
Skip to the bottom of this article to see the areas of your life travel will directly impact.
It can be easy to try and pursue happiness by buying the newest this or that. Though, when it comes down to it, experiences matter more than whatever items you could grab off the shelf.
Think about it this way:
Travel is investing in life experience, experiences that can help you grow and live a happier life.
Think about it this way; the more explore, the more you see. The more you see, the more you grow and the more you learn, the more you will change as a human being.
Ultimately, globe-trotting is one of the fastest ways to grow and learn!
You will increase your problem-solving capabilities, communication skills, learn about yourself and more.
These skills and lessons are also more likely to stick since the entire experience is out of the ordinary.
Still not convinced you should consider traveling as an investment?
Okay.. we get it. Let’s discuss the other side of the argument and see if we can’t convert you!
The Other Side:
AND HOW WE SEE IT
Those who are adamantly against considering travel an investment think of the term ” investment ” in a very limited sense.
They often ask something like:
“How can travel be considered an investment when you’re not necessarily getting money back or buying anything with any future monetary value”?
To this, we would say that just like with any traditional investment who can judge a trip is a good or bad investment before you go?
All that matters when traveling is your attitude towards travel and the experiences you have. If you go with an open mind and heart, you will gain from any exploration you go on.
What this also means is that if you keep your mind open and look for opportunity, travel could easily turn into a financially rewarding activity.
The other common argument against why you should consider traveling an investment is that only some types of travel are worthy of this title while others are not.
Okay, so fair point, I see why people bring up this argument. However, don’t you think its kinda judgemental?
Even though I am not a huge club goer, you’d be surprised what you can get out of going to night-life events and relaxing on the beach.
Just because you never visit a single monument or museum on your trip does not mean it wasn’t an investment.
This all goes back to attitude and whether or not you are self-destructive on your vacations.
If you go out to night-life events everyday of your trip to network, learn about different types of nightlife, and more, then goal accomplished!
However, if you have an unhealthy relationship with nightlife, then this type of vacation is never a good idea.
The last counter argument to why travel should not be considered an investment is in the scenario where someone blows their budget on extravagant hotels, five-course meals, etc.
Well, the bottom line from this argument is all hinged on the fact that the individual doesn’t learn from their experiences ….
I would venture to say that even if you completely blow your budget and end up in an uncomfortable situation that trip was still an investment.
Whether or not your vacation was a good or bad investment comes down the choice to learn from the experience and grow.
The bottom line
The Bottom line of our oppinion is that whether or not travel is a good or bad investment all comes down to your attitude on the road.
If you leave home with an open mind and look for opportunities to get the most out of your world exploration, you will gain an experience that pays dividends well into the future.
If you are willing to allow travel to be an investment, it will become one for you.
The Amazing ways an investment in travel will benefit your life…
The bottom line
Your Work Life:
It can be easy to see travel as only for relaxation, but it can be an investment in your work life.
As you meet people from around the world and see how they move through life, you will learn invaluable skills in communication.
fact, some say that business travel is all about who you meet, not necessarily what you learn…
What this means is that those who travel have an advantage in international business and talking to people of different backgrounds.
Travel can also help you to understand business operations internationally. This planet is full of inspiration, and your work life will benefit from travel.
stash the cash
As you travel, you’ll also see new market opportunities around the world. For example, a popular product in one country might not even be available in another!
Now that is an opening to explore.
Your can even learn a bit about financial amrket movements by simply experiencing a different culture.
You would be surprised how much your financial understanding can improve by immersing yourself in another culture.
health, wealth and happy
When you travel, you get a chance to rest and get away from the stresses of your normal life.
While you take a break from your regular schedule, you get an opportunity to reset and evaluate.
Where your health is conscerned, travel can actually be a good time to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle.
Eating healthy while on the road isn’t always a given. However, being more active and aware of your diet while traveling can come naturally.
There are actually studies that show that travel is good for your health regardless of your own health initiatives!
Your Mental Health:
While you are off on an adventure, you give your mind a break. Take a deep breath and relax.
Vacations are the time to try out a new hobby or break a frustrating habit since you have the time and new experienes to focus on.
For example you can take a moment to revel in gratitude!
Getting into the habit of expressing gratitude for all that you have and comes your way is game changing. With gratitude you can bring new levels of joy and abundance into your life.
your mindset matters
Travel can also help you shift your mindset. As you meet new people, you will expose yourself to new ways of thinking.
If you find yourself stuck in certain thought patterns travel can help you break them. Gaining new experiences is an excellent way to learn to live in the moment and shake off old ideas.
Sense of Inspiration:
Wonder at the world
It’s hard not to garner inspiration from travel. Trips give you a whole new buffet of stimulation.
If you find yourself in a rut taking some time away from the humdrum of your life can reinvigorate you! Vacations are the time to try out new things and find inpiration.
Sense of Self:
Get to know your best-friend
No matter your attitude or personality the one real investment you are guaranteed to get by traveling is self-knowledge.
When you are challenged to set outside of your comfort zone, you will learn about yourself in ways you could never have imagined.