Conquer professional and personal challenges through travel

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June 10, 2015 by lucychlin

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I am a marketer, and I love what I do. I am passionate about my work and I look forward to changing the course of customer behavior and trends. I have also traveled a lot in my personal time, and as a result, I strongly believe this has made me a better marketer in my professional life.

I have lived in 5 countries (Canada, UK, Japan, Taiwan and Australia) and I have visited 44 countries (so far). If you need travel advice, I’m a great source. You can find me researching travel destinations and chatting to fellow travelers about where to go next during my off time. Travel is a big part of who I am. But what makes one passionate about travel? For me, the main reasons are listed below:

  1. Learning: Travel is inherently a learning experience. The new cultures, sights, and cuisines encountered require flexibility to leave our comfort zone and adapt to a local environment. Being somewhere else increases the traveler’s intercultural and social awareness leading to increased ability to collaborate and communicate with people of multiple nationalities and openness to different experiences. In addition, I’m constantly building new knowledge, skills and experiences that continue to benefit my professional and personal life as well.
  2. The Expanded Self: When trying new things, we challenge ourselves to tasks we usually wouldn’t try at home. This is easier in an unfamiliar environment as we become more fluid to see situations in new and different ways, to be open to more possibilities and generate new ideas. Trying new things leads to thoughts like “If I can do this, what else can I do?” or “If I can surprise myself in this way, what other ways can I surprise myself?”. More travel allows one to cope better with change, think more creatively and problem solve unpredictable challenges that are thrown your way.
  3. Health and Happiness: When I travel, I am exploring and walking for 80% of the time, which is great exercise. In the workplace, studies show workers who take time off are more productive, have higher morale, are less likely to mentally “check out” on the job and also report less stress and burnout.  In a US Travel Association report, other benefits of travel include improved mood and outlook, lower stress levels, increased physical well-being, stronger friendships, higher mental stimulation and better overall health.

We all need balance in our lives. I look forward to vacations when I’m working; and when I’m traveling, I can’t wait to utilize the new ideas, knowledge and discoveries learnt to influence my work. As a naturally curious individual, travel allows me to always keep learning, expand my mindset, conquer challenges and build better professional and personal relationships. Ultimately, I strive to become a better individual and global citizen. With so many advantages, be sure to make travel a part of your professional and personal identity too.

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