Travel offers much more than Instagram-worthy photos and cool souvenirs – you can officially start considering visiting other places as a wellbeing and career-boosting experience.
According to the folks at Urban Adventures, travel is a great way to kick-start your confidence, a quality that never fails to impress in the workplace.
So start booking your next trip and embrace everything it throws at you:
1. You will bust out of your comfort zone
It’s difficult to grow and evolve when you’re in your comfort zone. And there’s nothing wrong with that. You deserve to feel comfortable sometimes! But in order to truly grow, you’ve got to throw yourself into uncomfortable situations. Travel is a great way to do this. You’ll find yourself doing things like trying foods you swore you would never eat or navigating a place where no one seems to speak your language, and it will give you that queen of the world feeling.
2. You’ll become more decisive
If you’re the type of person who shuns decision-making on the regular, travelling is the perfect opportunity to speak up and make your preferences known. You’ll be forced to pick everything from where you rest your head at night to which plane/train/bus to take to wherever you’ve chosen to go. Having confidence in your decisions is a great life skill and it will transfer over into other areas of your life as well.
3. You’ll learn to go with the flow
Being ready for anything requires a certain amount of moxie that not everyone is able to tap into. The unexpected twists and turns of travel require you to be on your toes and take life as it comes, rather than relying on fixed routines. The more flexible you can be, the more you’ll be open to the unknown, and the more you learn to let the little things go and just go with the flow — a pretty significant self-esteem booster.
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4. You will become unstuck
Break-ups, major fights with friends, family problems and disappointments at work are all emotional baggage that can weigh us down and get us stuck in a rut. When this happens, booking the next flight to wherever tops your bucket list can pull you out. While an amazing holiday won’t solve all your problems, travelling will shift your perspective almost immediately and keep you in the moment. The more you can stay in the moment, the better you’ll feel about yourself and everything else.
5. The limit does not exist
Mean Girls references aside, travel gives you the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself and your beliefs about who you are and what you can do. So whether you make a great new friend despite being convinced that you’re painfully awkward, or you spend the day in a new city alone when you thought you could never travel solo, you’ll be proving that the limits you’ve set for yourself don’t exist.