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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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What to expect when your holiday is cancelled. A helpful guide

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We all know how exciting planning a holiday is. From the moment we book time off work, we’re already counting down until we’re stepping off the plane and enjoying the sunshine. The anticipation and excitement is all part of the fun! Unless you’re an expert at last minute holidays, it can take a few months to ensure everything is in order and ready to go. 

Being organised plays a huge factor in ensuring your holiday goes off without a hitch. Check out this website for a helpful infographic on what to do if your holiday is cancelled. From deciding what clothes to take, to remembering all your holiday essentials: your passport, boarding passes, getting all your travel money ready and arranging transfers to the airport, so you get there on time…going away on holiday isn’t as straightforward as we’d like it to be, is it?

But sometimes, no matter how organised you are things can go wrong. And when your holiday is cancelled out of the blue, not only has all that planning gone to waste, but now you’re burdened with stress, anxiety and frustration. Your first step is to ensure that you get your money back, so here you’ll find a helpful infographic of what to do if your holiday is cancelled. 

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Best Travel Destinations for 2020

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Lonely Planet has this week released its list of best counties to travel in for next year. According to the company, these destinations represent not only amazing slices of cultural, historical and natural interest; they’re also interested in how sustainable the region’s tourist trade is, and what impact it has on the natural environment.

Let’s take a look at some of the high-ranking countries featuring on the list.

Bhutan

This landlocked nation in South Asia is among the world’s smallest, with a population of less than a million. It holds the distinction of being the world’s only carbon-negative economy, and is on course to become fully organic next year. One of the most notable government measures on this front concerns the tourist industry: those travelling to Bhutan must contribute a daily fee toward conservation efforts. Consequently, those that do manage to gain entry are allowed to wander through the Buddhist temples and pine forests in near isolation. It’s an unforgettable experience – for those who can afford it. To get the most from your visit to Bhutan, it’s worth going with an experienced tour operator like Jules Verne, who’ll ensure that you don’t miss a thing!

England

It might surprise many natives of the UK that England should reach second place. After all, we’re so familiar with the charms this country has to offer, that we often fail to be suitably impressed by them. The Lonely Planet roundup identifies Britain’s coastline as a major draw, with the opening of the compete England Coast Path in 2020 sure to be of interest to hikers from around the world. Once complete, it’ll be the world’s longest managed coastal path – so if you’re looking to take in the seaside, it’s probably the best way to do it.

North Macedonia

Claiming third place in the list is a country which has undergone considerable change over the past few years. A dispute with neighbouring Greece was finally resolved in 2018, and Macedonia became known as ‘North Macedonia’. 

What hasn’t changed is the tourist-friendly attractions and gastronomy on offer. In 2020, new routes to the tiny St. Paul the Apostle Airport on the shores of Lake Ohrid opened up, making it easier than ever to pay a visit to this tiny, beautiful slice of the Balkans. Experienced hikers will want to make this country just one stop on a longer trip across Europe. The High Scardus Trail was established more than two thousand years ago by Roman pioneers, and it offers stunning views across neighbouring Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia. The Slavic term ‘shara’, meaning colourful, is derived from ‘scardus’. The changing colour of the grasslands makes it obvious why this is the case!

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Top 5 Things to See in Edinburgh over the Christmas Period

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Edinburgh is among the most attractive and tourist-friendly cities in the UK. It offers an atmosphere that’s quite distinct from the rest of the country, with its combination of historic buildings, quality restaurants and gorgeous parks. The city is easily reachable from Glasgow and the rest of the UK, with trains travelling to Edinburgh on a regular basis.

 If you’re paying a visit over the Christmas period, then you’ll also find a wealth of seasonal attractions competing for your attention. Let’s look at five of the best of them!

German Market

Traditional German markets have become a regular fixture in dozens of major cities across the UK. And there are few better than the one in Edinburgh, which has been running for more than two decades. You’ll find everything on sale, from delicious bratwurst to warming mulled wine. And there’s even a sixty-metre-tall ‘Star Flyer’ and an enormous ferris wheel, which afford you an incredible view over the city’s iconic skyline, including the nearby castle.

Ice Skating

For the past few years, Christmas revellers have been able to indulge in outdoor ice skating over at St. Andrew Square. But this year, Essential Edinburgh (the body in charge of managing the city centre) have deemed the attraction too damaging. But you can still indulge in ice-skating in Edinburgh at Christmas time, thanks to the Murrayfield Ice rink, over on Riversdale Crescent.

Nativity Scene

What will be at St. Andrew Square, however, is the city’s annual nativity display. Since 2003, the same scene has been depicted. Tim Chalk’s iconic sculpture breaks a little bit from tradition, featuring just a handful of statures, and excluding many of the extended cast of angels, shepherds and wise men that typically dominate the nativity scene. If you’re in the area, you’ll definitely want to make a point of visiting!

Christmas Shopping

If you need to finish your Christmas shopping before the big day itself rolls around, then Edinburgh is a fantastic place to do it. You’ll find plenty of suitable gifts at the aforementioned Christmas market. But if you’re after luxury brands and designer clothing, then it’s worth a trip to Multrees walk, where Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors have their stores.

University Carol Service

Every year, Edinburgh university puts on a carol service including a range of performers. The crowning jewel of the event is invariably the carol singers themselves, who’ll be running through a range of classics. The venue for the event is typically announced in early December, so be sure to keep an eye on the University for updates. The event is usually not ticketed, so if you want a seat, you’ll need to get there in good time.

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