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How Global Travel Helps You In The Corporate World – Forbes

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Take a trip anywhere in the world and you’ll return home with a refreshed spirit and energy. You will also develop some skills you may not even be aware of gaining while abroad. No matter what industry or role you’re in, these skills are valuable and can be leveraged in the corporate world instantaneously. Whether taking a vacation or going abroad for an extended period of time, you are guaranteed to learn any or all of the following skills. I know I’ve certainly picked these up along my journey!

Problem Solving

Last year, I took a train journey through Europe with a friend. Somehow, we got separated; I got off the platform and she was still on the train. We were in the middle of nowhere and without cell phone connection so we couldn’t get a hold of one another. It’s moments like these where panicking doesn’t help, you have to focus and think creatively in order to solve the problem at hand. Thankfully, we ended up finding each other at the hotel we were planning on staying at that night.

Any traveler knows that on any given day you could be presented with a puzzle you have to brainstorm your way through. Whether it’s figuring out public transportation, currency exchange, or even understanding cultural norms in a different language, traveling develops problem solving abilities.

Perspective

When I went to Morocco I didn’t know how to negotiate in the souks. It wasn’t till I went into the markets a few times where I learned that haggling in Morocco is not the same as Mexico or Thailand, for instance. Knowing your audience and who you are communicating with is of utmost importance.

Immersing yourself into a culture different from your own helps you better understand the world around you. Being exposed to new ways of thinking and doing will ultimately allow you to gain insight into other’s perspectives, whether it’s a friend or even colleague.

How Global Travel Helps You In The Corporate World – Forbes

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