Some think of travel as vacation filled with margaritas and white sand beaches. Others think of it as a wild, care-free escape from the demands of modern-day life. There are those who make a living from exploring other cultures and lands. And then, there are those who travel not because they choose to, but because it is a requirement of their career.
When travel is something that you have never aspired to do, the situation is clearly different. You are not a traveler or a tourist, but simply someone going through the motions of boarding planes, hailing taxis, and enduring seemingly endless nights in hotels without your loved ones. As someone obsessed with travel, I initially journeyed out of curiosity and eventually made global exploration a central part of my career.
Constant travel is not everyone’s cup of tea. Even if you would rather spend your nights curled up on the couch watching a movie with your dog/cat/loved one by your side, I suggest you still try to make the most of your time away from home. Or not… Do what you’d like, but I’d highly recommend taking advantage of your time on the road to discover not only the beautiful earth around you, but a greater sense of who you truly are. Even if by accident, the outer world is likely to leave you with an awareness of your inner self’s purpose.
So, what kind of traveler are you? Do you hole up in your hotel rooms, avoid contact with strangers, or do you reach out and embrace the new experiences waiting for you? Take this business travel quiz and decide for yourself if you’re taking advantage of the possibilities presented to you every time you travel- even if it is for business, and even if you’re alone.
Perhaps you’re content with only seeing the interior of your hotel, offices, and convention centers. But I urge you not to be. Step outside of your comfort zone a bit. Even if it’s a few hours a day, meeting locals, learning about different cultures and foods, and appreciating new landscapes can greatly add to your life and how you see your everyday matters. Take advantage of this privilege very few have the opportunity to seize; allow travel to expand your mind and improve your life.
Even if your international experience is only for a few hours, it’s an invaluable glimpse into how different your life could be.
*This post was sponsored by IHG Business Advantage. As always, my honest views and opinions have herein been expressed.