Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Living Advice For Young, Traveling Professionals

We all know the feeling. Moving out from our parents homes, perhaps pre or post university, perhaps when securing our first job as young professionals, can help us all feel relatively interested in our potential opportunities for adulthood. We may find a degree of comfort in setting up our livelihoods in a manner that we most pay attention to and feel a great degree of freedom in. Setting up our professional portfolio can be exciting enough.

As you continue to grow in this manner you may begin to realize the untold opportunities that continue to wait for you. You may realize ‘wow, I actually have the money to travel on my own terms now!’ This can be an exciting thought. It may have you jumping up and down for joy, even heading online often to consider you options and tailor potential vacation packages.

But why stop with your initial realization? There is a truly huge world waiting out there for you, and experiencing it could be just what you need to develop into the fully grown adult you’re trying to be, in all forms of experience and character. With this orienting advice, you may just begin on this wonderful journey:


Living abroad solo, in a studio apartment or perhaps a Duplex with a friend, could be considered an incredibly exciting new living situation, one that truly helps you begin to absorb a culture to gain an understanding of it. When finding property of this ilk, you will find yourself learning to act as a citizen of that country, not simply a passerby taking their chances enjoying this new environment. There is absolutely no problem making your home in a new environment if you’re willing to learn the most about it, to ingratiate yourself in that culture and develop yourself within that framework.

As a young professional, traveling abroad can fulfill you with a range of skills, from becoming comfortable in a new environment, to learning how to function in an alien circumstance, to getting out of your comfort zone and learning that feeling uncomfortable can often be completely reversed with an effort and steadfast appreciation for your new situation. Living abroad will teach you many practical skills. Living in one foreign environment will often help you develop the behavioral requirements necessary to transfer to other environments. This is something that can be looked on quite fondly by employers. It’s not uncommon for a gap in your employment history to be inquired about in a job interview, and one of the best reasons you can give for this is international travel or residency.
Of course, there’s no reason why this secondary setup may keep you from working to sustain yourself in this new environment, helping you develop a more comfortable method of travel for some time in the future.

Absorbing Cultures

Heading abroad can be done for luxury purposes, or to simply see more of the world that you may not have done. However, without the element of the people who live in the destinations you travel to, you’re only heading to a new area of geographical configuration. In order to really find the most value in your international pursuits, absorbing the culture deeply will always lend you the full picture of a country.

This means you need to talk to the people, heading to authentic restaurants, and not corporatized versions aimed and taking the tourist dollar. It means getting involved with local activities that mean something to the populace. It means learning the basics of language there, enough to at least share some warm smiles and polite, very basic discourse with those who you meet. Not only can this help you act as a better tourist with more social currency, but it will simply help you allow this culture to soak into you. There is no better way for developing a passion than this.

We all know someone who seemingly has a real attraction for a new culture. Someone may pride themselves on visiting Spain or Japan often, or anywhere novel in the world, despite having no relatives in that country nor born anywhere near it. Why is this? Well, in all of those cases, the person with this love for that nation and people have allowed the culture to shows it value, and this takes time, patience and the willingness to look. You can glean plenty of profound personal joy from this, and expand your character greatly.

Education & Working Opportunities

It can often evade the mentality of a young professional excited for new travel opportunities that actually, perhaps traveling for more pragmatic reasons could be a very exciting prospect. From university courses that enjoy limited entry fees compared to those back home (perhaps neglecting putting you in thousands of dollars or pounds worth of debt,) as well as finding opportunities abroad for business inspiration or perhaps to enhance your skills via a work placement is more than possible.

Travel is not merely something you undertake for recreation. It can help you further your knowledge, skills and competence if you simply look for opportunities to do so. For example, you may push to work on an international and European team for a new initiative your business is branching out into. It might be that when looking for new work, travel options are something you consider to be one of the highest priorities possible. Instead of making travel something you take part in once or twice a year as a reward for intense career efforts, making this part of your daily functional life could help you live with the most satisfaction possible, to open you up to new experiences and generally to help you feel comfortable, safe and secure in the process of being a global citizen with a global working output. This can be hard to tailor to your requirements, but you’ll be surprised just how many workplaces allow this kind of mobility.

With these tips, we hope that the color of traveling as a young professional takes on a beautiful hue from the beginning.

*This is a collaborative post*

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