My parents often said that if you work hard, you will succeed. They often complained that people who constantly take vacations are lazy and incompetent. Truth is, traveling can actually benefit you in your career or job search. Some would say it’s lazy because it takes you out of your workplace to chill and have fun. It does sound lazy, but it isn’t. In fact, traveling can boost your creativity, make you more culturally competent, and teaches you new things that are all vital for career advancements.
You might think that I’m just making excuses here, but I do have theories and examples to back up my case. Let’s say, for example, you travel to Europe this summer to have fun. Whereas your friend decided to do summer school or something productive at home. Once you finish your three-month vacation in Europe, you come back ready and refresh to work. When you go into your workplace, one of the things that people would ask you is what did you do for the summer. Not only that, potential clients could ask you what did you do for the summer. If you tell your colleagues and potential clients that you travel to Europe and you gave him an interesting story of various food, places, and things you did there, it will show everyone that you are culturally competent and diverse. It shows clients that you are creative and smart. Even better, if the client also travels to Europe, you will have something in common and to talk about. This can easily land you a deal, after all, clients often trust people that they have in common with or are able to carry an interesting conversation with. In addition, your colleagues might find you approachable and fun to be around with because of your traveling adventure. Because of that, your colleagues will trust you more and can talk to people in the upper division to possibly give you a promotion.
Now let’s look at your friend who spends the majority of his time studying extra courses or doing internships at his hometown. This will sound boring, mundane, and a dime a dozen. It’s true that he will sound ambitious and hard-working, but lack of creativity and imagination. Clients would agree with her strategies, but it will not take their breath away because they have probably heard the same analysis and numbers from other people as well. Your colleagues might be impressed with your ambition, but they will also be cautious about you as well. They would fear that you could possibly take their jobs away. That would definitely not help you in obtaining a promotion from an upper division.
Even though traveling is an amazing endeavor that can change your life, but too much traveling can be a bad thing as well. If you neglect your work and responsibility, it may not be a good thing. However, the perfect dose of traveling or a random adventure once in a while can be very helpful for personal growth and development that can further advance your career.