Travel can make us a better and more interesting individual: a better businessperson, leader, parent and citizen. Travel creates experiences we otherwise wouldn't have had if we stayed in our familiar backyard – experiences that can broaden our outlook on life and make us more effective and valuable to others.
The simple act of witnessing how things are done by other cultures can lend new perspective to a wide variety of interactions, from everyday matters to sensitive issues in the workplace or community activities. So what’s the best way to make your travel experiences count? It all starts with planning and an open mind.
Start by deciding what’s important to you. Where do you want to go and what do you want to be sure to see? Learn as much as you can on the Internet or in guidebooks before you leave. Talk with people who have been-there-done-that and ask questions. First-hand experience beats sanitized promotional material. But do consider the source: it may be that your co-worker’s goals are different from yours; or leisure and relaxation take the back seat when compared to your lust for culturally-diverse interaction. Continue reading