Like most people, I love to travel and unlike most people, I love my job.
Our lives when we are far away on vacation seems like a total disconnect to our 9 to 5 work-life on weekdays. But there is so much the holiday version of you can learn from the office version of you. The result is harmony in life, a perfect work-holiday balance. Call it a state of travel zen, if you may.
Travel Philosophy #1: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
You might be the immaculate planner who leaves for a holiday with a print-out of the itinerary, all bookings done, travel checklists ready, forex safely procured. But they lose your bags at the airport and the hotel’s wifi isn’t working. This completely throws you off your game.
You’re at work and meeting all your deadlines in time. A colleague quits and lo and behold! Your ‘things to do’ list is really piling up. You’re expected to work on projects you have no idea about, and deliver. Suddenly, life is topsy turvy – now what?
Travel teaches you to work with whatever you’ve got and make the most of it. It teaches you to be innovative, that difficulties are basically opportunities to discover something new – maybe a hidden talent or a sweet corner cupcake bakery in an obscure street in Paris!
Travel Philosophy #2: The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. –St Augustine
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Travelling opens your heart and mind to so many ideas, cultures and traditions. It is liberating and thrilling.
The most sure shot way to stagnate in one’s career is to become closed to new opportunities and skills. We start hating our jobs when we are stuck in a rut, doing the same work day in and day out. The way out is to update your skills and be open to new ideas. Listen to what people with opposing ideas to you have to say. Learn something new and up your skills to keep that fire glowing.
#3 Travel is rebellion in its purest form
When you travel to another place, it is not merely an escape from life, it is to declare that there is a better life you want to live. It is a way to strive for something better than the usual 9 to 5 existence. It is a silent announcement that I want to live, not exist.
When you rebel … that’s when change happens. Believe it or not, rebellion is required at work too. We need to raise our voices against systems that don’t work for us, against a job that makes us unhappy, against a work-life balance that is extremely skewed. So rebel against a job that makes you feel chained. Like travel, your job should liberate you. Travel teaches you that initiating change is like booking that vacation. It might be a tough decision to take but in the end, it will be worth it.