5 Things I Learned From Travel to Use In Your Career

Rafting in Malaysia

There are a million things you can learn from travel, and a million things I have learned. But something I love to think about with my travel friends, specifically Madison from O The Places You Go, are differences in cultures and how we’ve incorporated them into the workplace. It’s no secret that travel makes you a better friend, lover and overall human, but what about when you walk into the office? What can you incorporate from travel then?

A lot! Like I said, there are a million things you can learn from travel. Here are my top 5 things I’ve experienced or encountered that has made me a better worker.

  • Have an Open-Mind and Roll With the Punches

Whether you’ve been in your position for one year or 20 years, having an open mind will keep you from failing. And if there’s one thing I learned from travel, it’s there’s only so much you can control. You’re going to mess up, there’s going to be times that you want to strangle your boss/employee and not one person or situation is the same. Keep an open mind when things go wrong, and roll with the punches as you have your whole life. Right?

  • It’s Like They Say – Location is Everything

When I came home from backpacking Southeast Asia, I knew that moving back to the Midwest just wasn’t going to work for me. I’m someone whose happiness depends on where I am and what the weather is like. Seriously. And coming back from warm weather, beaches everywhere and a culture that drives scooters up mountains everyday, the Midwest just wasn’t for me anymore. That’s what happens when you travel sometimes- you go from one extreme to another and I learned that location is key to my happiness. It may be for yours too.

  • Find a Career That Meets Your Needs Everyday

Traveling is like a drug that can be very, very addicting. For me, it was addicting because I thrive on the new – new people, new places and new experiences. When choosing where you want to work it’s wise to consider your office environment. I loved public relations and marketing because everyday was different – that’s where I thrive. Sales, marketing and many other careers are always changing. But when I was making calls in the same office, saying the same thing with the same people every damn day, it got old… quick. Make sure that you’re happy where you work, whether it be with what you’re doing, where you are or who you work with, because you’ll be there for the majority of your life.

  • Stay Consistent and Work Hard

When we volunteered in Gopeng, Malaysia with Radak Adventure, we saw them turn their passion into a business. These people weren’t millionaires and didn’t have a secret weapon to help build their business. What did they do? Every day, all day they worked hard, had a smile on their face and consistently shared their passion with others. They were the happiest, loving people we had stayed with while¬†backpacking Malaysia and the success came from nothing other than working hard and consistency.

  • We’re all Human

We all want to be successful. We all want to provide for our families. We all want to be understood and we don’t want to disappoint anyone. We’re all human. So when your boss or employee pisses you off and you’re about to lash out, remember – your actions have consequences. Step back, breathe and remember that we all want the same things in life. We’re all human.


Did you find this article helpful? What are some things you’ve learned while traveling that you can incorporate into a career? Leave your comments below!

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Kollin Lephart
Kollin is an avid traveler and entrepreneur. When she's not working as a Marketing Consultant, she's strategizing ways to make Every Girl, Everywhere even better. She's passionate about helping people, traveling and living the best life possible.

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  1. Travel teaches appreciation. Growing up in the West, as a culture/society, we grow more lazy each day, expecting too much, not wanting to do the hard work.
    Travelling in 3rd world countries, watching people work all day, getting $10 and appreciating the opportunity, really alters your perspective on what really matters.
    Travel is the best education a person can receive, worth every second and every penny invested.
    Thanks Kollin.
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