I can remember someone once asking me why I insist on “dragging my kids all over the place” when everyone knows that what a child needs is stability. (Some people, eh? It always amazes me that there are people out there who are so quick to judge other people’s parenting.) I managed to refrain myself from answering, “so they don’t grow up to be people like you!” Instead I think I mentioned something about the fact that millions of children throughout the world live in nomadic societies and do just fine since children get stability from the people in their lives, not from a physical place.
But I genuinely believe that traveling around the world gives you far more than just a bunch of great stories and an awesome collection of souvenirs. I can often look back at the challenges I’ve faced in my life and trace my ability to deal with them to the things I’ve learned on the road. Traveling is not always easy, especially when you get away from all inclusive resorts and package deals, but it’s the very stress of coping with these challenges that gives you the tools that serve you well no matter where you end up.
I often think about the lessons that my children are learning while we are on the road, even at their young ages. Of course there are great memories of having fun and spending time together as a family, but I hope it goes even deeper than that. I recently came across an article on lifehack.org that perfectly summed up my feelings about the benefits of travel, and I’ve had the tab open on my browser for the last week; it just perfectly describes what I’m hoping my children will gain from growing up in a travelling family. And since I couldn’t say it any better, I’ll just share the whole list. They have lots of other great travel stuff on the site too, so make sure to check it out!
15 Reasons Why Frequent Travelers Are More Likely To Be Successful
Success can be defined differently for everyone but the fact is some people achieve it and some people don’t. What is it that successful people do or have to find success that others don’t? There has been a lot written about the skills and habits needed to live a successful life and I think most of us know the things we could work on like building confidence or overcoming fears to be more successful in areas we want to. There are people that have a higher likelihood for success than most. Frequent travelers, people constantly on the move learn many life skills exploring our world. Here are 15 reasons why frequent travelers are more likely to be successful because of that:
1. They Know how to Thrive Outside their Comfort Zone
Frequent travelers are in unfamiliar situations regularly. They must work through the unknown because of necessity. Faced with countless new experiences they learn valuable coping strategies that help them shoulder uncertainty and remain calm and effective. This is a key skill for success in both business and leading people.
2. They Welcome and Embrace Change
Travelers invite novelty. People constantly surrounded by new and different things avoid boredom and learn to focus better. This way of thinking inspires innovation and creativity.
3. They Know how to Manage their Emotions
Frequent travelers experience varying levels of stress routinely; tight flight connections, interrogations by border guards, and rude hotel staff can all cause ones nerves to fray. Travelers hone the ability to manage emotions and remain calm under pressure developing keen self-awareness. Being self-aware increases productivity and helps people find what makes them happy in life, the ultimate success.
4. They Trust and don’t Always Need to be in Control
Travelers have to rely on people they don’t know all the time. They deal with language barriers, cab drivers in strange cities and are often dependent on the kindness of strangers. Accepting the fact they can’t always be in control helps them build new relationships. They develop confidence in their ability to choose friends and acquaintances that are genuine and trustworthy.
5. They Manage Fear and move Past it
The key to success is taking action. When you travel a lot you put yourself in situations where there is no turningmakes people face fears head on and develop coping skills to take action despite the fear.
6. They Recognize and Seize Opportunities
Travelers have a wider breadth of experience and knowledge about the world. They learn new and better ways of doing things being exposed to different customs and cultures. This knowledge helps them recognize opportunities to improve and innovate at home and in the places they visit.
7. They Know how to Negotiate to get What they Want
Travelers negotiate to avoid being taken advantage of. Good negotiating skills are needed to get what you want or need without becoming pushy or aggressive. This skill is important in influencing others and helping them understand and accept your ideas in business and as a leader.
8. They see Beauty Where Most don’t
Frequent travelers see many different types of things and train their brains to focus on the beautiful. Constant novelty keeps the mind and the eyes sharp. People who travel see beauty where others see the ordinary. This skill belongs to great photographers, poetic writers and fertilizes the garden where inspiration grows.
9. They are More Confident and Know how to Fake Confidence when Vulnerable
People who travel a lot learn to rely on themselves and are confident that they can accomplish what they want to. This belief helps them to be persistent in the face of obstacles and recover better after failure because of that.
10. They Better Understand Differences in People and are More Accepting
Travelers are always meeting new people. They become good at asking questions to learn about the people they meet and what their opinions are on their city and culture. The questions come naturally because of travelers curiosity and desire to learn about the places they visit. This inspires great conversations that help travelers understand and accept the person and their views on a deeper level. They make friends easily and are loved by many because of this.
11. They Know When to live in the Moment
Learning to live in the moment has many mental and physical benefits. Frequent travelers know their time in a place is fleeting. This helps them think to live in the moment more than average.
12. They Smile More and feel Happiness More Often
Studies show travel makes us happy. Frequent travelers smile more than average because they explore new places regularly. They feel happy because they get to meet different people, see incredible sights, eat new and delicious food. That living in the moment skill helps with happiness to.
13.They Understand the Importance of Listening
This is a life skill that a lot of people struggle with. Learning to focus and really listen to what people tell us is so important to success in life. Achieving success is about building relationships and you build strong relationships understanding people. People who travel a lot know you really need to listen to have good understanding.
14. They are Less Judgmental and More Empathetic
Great leaders know the ability to relate to others gains loyalty and moves business forward. Frequent travelers learn to show empathy and avoid being judgmental because of that. Empathy comes from a willingness to understand, people who travel come by that willingness naturally
15. They may not be Rich but they Know how to Save and Spend Wisely
Frequent travelers know where their money goes farther. Making the world your home you can choose places based on cost of living. People who travel and work can make less and live well in a lot of countries.
Travel inspires and educates in a ways that build character and develop skills naturally. Frequent travelers learn these skills and are more likely to be a success as a result.