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How Traveling Can You Improve Your Career Prospects

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Traveling can be exciting, life-changing and fun. You will get to see parts of the world that you might only have dreamed about previously. You will discover new things about yourself and gain new perspectives on the world. Oh, and you will also become more employable.

So, here’s the thing. If you have ever delayed traveling because you were worried it would interfere with your career prospects, think again. Consider the following, and then think about renewing your passport. Your future career might depend upon it.

#1: Traveling gives you time to reflect on your career path

If you are unhappy with your job, for whatever reason, then it might be time to hand in your notice and travel the world to have a rethink. By getting away from the spinning wheels of the rat race, you will have more time to think about what you want from both your life and your career. By finding quiet places to reflect, and by experiencing the lifestyles inherent in other cultures, you may well get the inspiration you need. You might then return home with a career direction in mind, or stay abroad for longer to pursue a career away from the confines of home.

#2: Traveling gives you the opportunity to study abroad

Instead of going to school within your own country, consider enrolling in academic courses abroad. This will give you the opportunity to both see new parts of the world and to achieve qualifications in courses that may not be readily available in your home country. Many employers look favorably on those who have taken study abroad programs, partly because of the skill you will pick up, and partly because your experiences of other languages and cultures could benefit the workplace.

But if you’re more focussed on traveling to different areas rather than staying in one area for your studies, you might also take an online course to enhance your career prospects. With something akin to this masters in school counseling, you can study anywhere in the world, provided you are able to access an internet connection, of course!

#3: Traveling offers you diverse work experiences

Teach English to children in Thailand. Pick fruits when backpacking through Australia. Work behind a bar in Barcelona. Work at an animal sanctuary in Peru. Or make money through subscribers and affiliate marketing by travel blogging. There are all kinds of ways you can make money while traveling, and each experience will give your resumé increased weight. And while you can do some of these jobs within your home country, the fact that you have stepped out of your comfort zone and taken these jobs abroad might make you stand out from all of the other candidates in the positions you apply for at home.

#4: Traveling will give you the inner resources to deal with stress

When sat in front of a prospective employer for a high-stressed job, and he/she asks you about your capacity for stress, you can start to list your travel experiences. Tell them how stressful it was getting from A to B in an unknown country. Let them know about the stresses involved when trying to fit in with a new culture. And let them know about the difficulties involved in getting about in a place that has a different language to your own. Then let them know how you managed to overcome your travel stresses, as this will show the employer that if you can deal with those stressors, you can probably deal with just about anything.

#5: Traveling will allow you the opportunity to meet new people

Because you will be traveling to new parts of the world, you will meet people that you wouldn’t have otherwise. You might meet people who are able to open new doors for you, be that for jobs in your own country or abroad. You will get an idea of how other people work if you take on any job opportunities while you’re away, and this could benefit you when you’re relaying this information to your boss at home, or when attending job interviews. And you might make friends who will stay in touch with you via social media regarding job openings that are happening in countries other than your own. As the old adage suggests, It’s not what you know but who you know!.

#6: Traveling will boost your career skills

Your career skills will improve while traveling, useful for your resumé, and helpful for your current working situation if you’re looking for a promotion. As examples, you will enhance your communication skills when trying to speak to people with a language and culture unfamiliar to your own. You will grow in adaptability when your travel arrangements don’t go according to plan. You will become more proficient in time-management when you’re working out how to make transport connections. And when you hit obstacles along the way, you will become more accustomed to problem-solving to overcome them. There are all kinds of career skills that can be improved when traveling; each one of which can be put on your resumé, highlighted during job interviews, and give you the scope to do better in your current job position.

#7: Traveling will help you grow in confidence

When traveling, you will be taken out of your comfort zone. Chances are, you will do things that you might have feared previously, such as overcoming your fear of flying, talking to complete strangers on the road, or getting from A to B while under pressure. And while these things might be hard for you, you will grow in confidence as you do them. As a result? Those things you feared back at home and work will grow in insignificance. After conquering your fears when away, the prospect of job interviews, meeting new clients, and taking on more demanding tasks will be nothing to you. You will have climbed mountains, both literally (maybe) and within your own self-esteem, and nothing will appear too insurmountable to you.

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Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Self-Flying Planes And The Future Of Air Travel

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Since the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airline crashes of Boeing 737 Max planes were discovered to have been partly caused by software and automated systems, many people have wondered how safe automated air travel really is. Although some older commercial airliners still use good old fashioned pilots in the cockpit, a growing majority of commercial airliners have automated systems. These systems are capable of replacing pilots; controlling the aircraft and even complete safe landings.

Despite worries by consumers, it seems inevitable that the future of air travel will be self-flying planes. Self-flying planes used to be in the realm of sci-fi, but with innovations in technology, and the prospects of reduced costs for airliners, planes that self-fly aren’t as far-fetched as they once seemed.

In recent times technological companies have heavily invested into self-driving cars. And airline companies have also followed this trend, albeit with less fanfare.

Airbus

Aviation industry giant, Airbus, is currently developing an air taxi. This taxi, dubbed Vahana, is a tilt-wing, multi-propeller aircraft capable of takeoff and flying about 50 miles. Although meant for urban transportation, it is not hard to imagine Airbus taking the leap to larger, more efficient aircraft.

Boeing

Despite the Boeing 737 Max disaster, Airbus’s main rival, Boeing has revealed that plans for self-flying airplanes might be on the way sooner rather than later. The company’s vice-president of Product Development, Mike Sinnet, at the 2016 Paris Air Show that “the basic building blocks of the (self-flying) technology clearly are available”.

Effects of Automated Flying Systems

Self-flying aircraft come with different effects both positive and negative.

First of all, automated air systems can cause pilots to lose concentration. Since most of the work is done by the computer system, the pilot tends to be lax. This is reportedly what happened in the Air France Flight 447 crash in 2009. The autopilot switched itself off and the pilots were unable to figure out the course of safety.

Aside from losing focus, spending a lot of time flying with automated systems is reported to dull the ability of pilots to fly planes without help. Airplanes rely more and more on automated systems now. For example, a pilot of a Boeing commercial plane reportedly only manually flies the plane for 3-6 minutes.

The Aviation Industry’s Stance

Despite some of the misgivings and effects, the aviation industry fully supports automated systems and is actively looking for ways to manufacture completely automated aircraft.

This stance is due to a couple of reasons.

Airliners claim that they would save money and solve the problem of a few qualified pilots in a single stroke with automated systems. By changing the design of the cockpit, and the front of the aircraft, they would save power expended and the cost of using such power.

As pointed out earlier the big players in the industry are actively testing out fully automated systems. Aside from Airbus and Boeing,  delivery agencies Amazon and UPS are developing their own crafts to help with automated deliveries.

The German company Volocopter has gone further by testing out air taxis since 2016. From Google to Uber to Bell, all the big players are actively interested in these vehicles.

The Consumer’s Stance

The excitement in the aviation industry is not fully matched in the consumer market. Although many folks do not recognize the extent that automation plays in flying aircraft, reports suggest that most people are more comfortable with having a driver in the cockpit, instead of a computer.

The reason for this apprehension is mostly due to a lack of information about how much safer and efficient automated systems really are. If more people realized how much safer it is, they’d be more willing to adopt it.

The Future of Air Travel

The cold, hard truth is that automation is here to stay. As technology continues to grow and giants in the industry continue to pump money into funding, the automated system will continue to be used and developed.

Despite misgivings by the public, automated systems are the safest means of traveling. Air travel is statistically the safest means of travel, and most accidents have been as a result of human error, not machines.

Large airplanes might adopt fully automated systems later than smaller air taxis because of the cost and technology required, but we are convinced the future of air travel will be self-flying crafts sooner rather than later.

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Travel Tech You Need This Summer

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When you’re going away on holiday or traveling, there is plenty of tech out there which can keep you connected, safe, and entertained. Check out this list to see what you should be packing this summer.

Power Bank

It is so annoying when your phone dies, and you need it most. So, whether it’s to give someone a call to tell them you’ve arrived at your destination safely, to use Google maps to find out where you’re going or for playing games to keep you entertained, you want to have a full battery, making Power banks the ultimate travel accessory. Whether you need to recharge your phone, laptop, Nintendo Switch, or any other piece of tech, a power bank will ensure you’re not left without battery wherever you are. With so many to choose from as well so you can spend as little or as much as you want depending how much power you think you’re going to need.

Waterproof Walkman

Whether you want to exercise while traveling or listen to music, audiobooks, or podcasts on the go, the Sony Waterproof Walkman is lightweight, takes up hardly any room and can keep up to 16GB of content on there. You can also use it while you’re swimming in the pool or on the beach too.

Smartphone

If you don’t manage to take anything else, don’t forget your smartphone. While it’s good to keep in touch with people while you’re away, smartphones also have excellent Camera quality now, plus there are apps that will allow you to edit your images on the go and then share pictures and video in real time on social media. Mobile entertainment is also a must on long journeys. Be careful, though, and make sure to keep your tech safe. However, to make life easier, you might want to know how to turn off two-factor authentication as the last thing you want when traveling is to be locked out of an account.

Portable Speaker

A Bluetooth portable speaker is a great holiday accessory to have for wherever you are. If you want music while you’re in your hotel or villa, by the pool or even a waterproof speaker for the shower, then there are speakers available now to suit any budget and so many different needs.

E-Reader

If you love reading but can’t take a pile of books with you when you’re traveling, then get yourself an eReader, so that you will never be stuck for something to read. While you can always use your smartphone to read books, having a dedicated eReader is still a good idea as they’re a lot cheaper and they can also be lighter than a book, yet they can store thousands of books. You can happily read your way through a fortnight-long holiday just by taking your eReader along. Most eReaders have a 6in screen, although some go a little bigger and they look more like paper and are easier on the eye than the color LCD screen of a phone or tablet.

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5 Travel Items I Can’t Leave Home Without

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When you spend most of your time on the road, there comes a point where packing your bag becomes second nature. It’s taken many trial and error runs of packing the unnecessary and leaving the necessary items at home…wishing I’d brought a certain item…. discovering that I didn’t need such expensive products or even wishing I hadn’t brought so much with me. 

Most seasoned travellers will say the same, that it takes a few backpacking adventures for you to really nail the bag packing element of travel. So, to give you a little help, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 travel items I can’t leave home without. 

Good luck!

A good pair of sunglasses 

You have no idea how imperative a good pair of sunglasses are. When you’re spending so much time in hot countries where the sun shines brightly all the time and you have to shield your eyes from the dust and dirt, a good pair of sunglasses is a must. Sure you can pick up a pair of cheap sunnies from a local market or shop, but will they have UV and UBV protection? Will they preserve your eyesight? Probably not. Which is why investing in a good pair of sunglasses like these here, is the right choice. Don’t take your eyes for granted!

A small padlock

The unsung hero of the travelling world. A small padlock will come to your rescue more than once on the road, whether it’s keeping the broken clip of your rucksack together, or its keeping potential thieves away from your camera, phone, laptop, passport or chocolate. Your hostel might provide lockers, but most wont have locks, so don’t leave it to chance. I usually take two, one for my locker and the other to secure my day bag. It’s true that a padlock might attract thieves to your bag, so try to keep it out of sight. 

Earplugs

These little guys will be your new bet friend on the road. Whether you’ve rocked up to a new hostel with an “all night every night” party vibe, your new dorm mate is a bit of a snorer, or the couple in the room next door are very noisy…then these will come in handy. From drunken antics to loud traffic – always include several pairs in your bag. 

A sarong

Not just a fashion accessory, but a sarong is the perfect travel companion, why? Because of its versatility. Throw it on when you’re a little chilly, use it to cover your legs when you’re visiting temples or religious sites, it works as a skirt, a dress, a beach towel, a bed sheet or blanket, even something to drape over the toilet door to preserve your modesty, neck scarf and more! The possibilities are endless!

Hand sanitiser

Let’s just say that they hand washing facilities aboard aren’t always what we’ve come to expect. So, it’s a good idea to travel with a small bottle of hand sanitiser, so if you’re doing anything a little grimy, like touching door handles, money, or using the toilet, you can get rid of all those nasty germs and bacteria quickly. 

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