A lot of people put off travelling when it is something they really want to do because they think that it could hamper their future career prospects. They feel like taking time out to explore and find themselves will look poor on their resume.

However, the opposite could, in fact, be true. Many travellers have found that those gaps in their resume are more than made up for by the skills and experience they pick up during their time traveling.

When you head off for horizons new, you learn a lot about yourself and what you’re capable of. You build self-confidence, learn about new cultures and, of course, learn how to manage your money better than ever before – these are all skills that can translate into the workplace with ease.

Not convinced? Check out these very real ways that travel can benefit your career prospects and make you more attractive to employers:

Why Travel Can Help Your Career

1. Increase Your Cultural Intelligence

Cultural intelligence, or CQ as it is often known, has never been more in demand due to the fact that corporations are more global than ever and because the average workplace is now a cultural melting pot of people from all over the world, with different cultures, religions, and ways of looking at the world.

If you travel, you learn how to understand different people and their cultures. You learn what is and is not acceptable to different people in terms of greetings, manners, food, communication and so much more. This can make you a valuable asset to any company that deals with other cultures.

2. Increase Your Confidence

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It’s hard to overestimate just how important a good level of self-confidence can be to your career prospects. People who believe in themselves tend to appeal more to hiring managers and bosses because they seem to know what they are doing and they aren’t afraid to sell themselves.

When you travel, especially if you do so alone, you naturally build up self-confidence because you are forced to deal with lots of new situations and new people all of the time. You come to feel like you can handle anything, and you probably can, whether that’s booking a hotel in a language you don’t understand or starting a new course to boost your prospects.

3. You Can Study Anywhere

Okay, so you don’t need to travel to study – you can do that from your hometown. However, it’s worth noting that thanks to courses like this online family nurse practitioner program, it has never been easier to learn a new skill or profession from anywhere in the world.

So, if you want to improve your career prospects, as long as you have a laptop and internet connection, you study and increase your prospects in that way.

4. Learn New Languages

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When you travel, you often pick up new languages and these can be very attractive to employers working with international clients who need someone on staff who can communicate with them.

5. Network

The more travel you do, the more people you meet and that means more opportunities for you to advance your career.

Of course, not everyone you get to know will be able to help you with job opportunities – some will merely become good friends or fondly remembered acquaintances – but there’s no denying, the more people you have in your circle, the more opportunities you will have.

Travel is enriching whichever way you look at it!

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Isabel Leong

Isabel Leong

An explorer at heart, the world is Isabel's playground. She enjoys seizing every moment exploring every hideout and doing the unimaginable, like bungee jumping in Phuket and couchsurfing in Europe. If she had wings, she’d definitely be soaring right now. Also a fitness trainer, if she’s not at the gym, you can find her doing yoga or rock climbing! Read more about her on belaroundtheworld.com/about.

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