Travelling is a one-of-a-kind interest which amuses people of all age groups. Looking at our friends’ incredible travel pictures, watching travel videos on social media or even reading articles about how a person left their job to travel the world, makes us dream of breaking free of the shackle of our daily lives and simply running away. However, only a small percentage of people can actually afford to transform such a dream into reality. The most important factor that prevents us from taking such an eccentric step is the fear of what will happen once when we return to our dull lives post the adventure of travelling the world.
The insecurity of leaving a job, losing the steady paychecks, and stepping outside our comfort zone can be the dominating factors in influencing such a decision. I have always believed that if there exists a difficult problem, life-long there has to exist a solution for it. The problem is certainly not unique and must have been faced by thousands, if not millions, of people before. What is left to discover is how those ‘doers’ found a way to face the problem and overcome it successfully.
What if I tell you that there exists a way in which you can live a lifelong dream of travelling the world while using it to your advantage!
Trust me, just one year’s worth of travelling can teach you things that you will never learn at regular corporate jobs.
Before you quote me on my last statement, kindly do bear in mind that the things that you learn during your travels depend completely on your style of travelling. If the sole motive of your travels is to party, go clubbing or just shopping, then this article is certainly not for you. This article is for those who like to explore new places as a true wanderer and experience life to the fullest.
If you look at the practical side of travelling, it includes skills that can actually be disguised under fancy names in the corporate world. These real-world skills help you while planning a successful trip, travelling to different places and even after the trip. Let’s look at a few of these special skills which we unknowingly master, thanks to our travels:
- Planning and Organisational Skills: Every journey is a result of hours of research, in-depth planning and impeccable organisation of the information collected. It requires some serious effort and skills to collect vast amounts of information from the internet and other sources, manage and organise them in such a way that we can make the best of our travel under the given limitations. This concept sounds familiar, doesn’t it? That’s right. These are the ‘planning and organisational skills’ that companies admire.
- Communication Skills: One of the splendours of travelling is the ability to pick up the basics of different languages, while on the move. Knowing just the basic forms and signs of different languages can really help your CV. When was the last time that you had the time or dedication to learn a new language while sitting in the comfort of your houses?
- Adaptability and Patience: Clients, deadlines, projects delays and office politics are some of the common words that make you hate your job. Travelling contributes a lot to the ability to learn to deal with such things in real life. No trip is perfect and no matter how much time you spent planning the minutest details, there will always be things that don’t work out as planned.Delayed planes, sudden changes in the plan, cancellations and much more such mishaps are a part of the ups and downs of a trip. These contribute to your ability to adapt and stay calm even in the direst situations.
- Cultural Acceptance: During the course of our travels, we encounter local and international travellers from various backgrounds, around the world. How do the different customs and cultures affect you? They make you more tolerant and accepting of other peoples’ cultures. Getting to know new people and listening to their stories makes you a better listener, and shows you how different people are entitled to their own opinions. Instead of disagreeing or disrespecting such opinions, we should learn to be more accepting of it and respect them enough to hear them out with a cool head.
- Leadership and Decision Making Skills: Whether you travel alone or in a group, you will often be faced with situations where important decisions need to be made. Such decisions usually affect both you and your group, so you should be able to analyse the situation in hand and make the best possible decision for all parties, all of which has to be done within minutes. This is another scenario straight out of the corporate world! Hah!
- Multitasking and Flexibility: As I listed down the skills we use during our travels, I’m sure you did a mental checkmark of how you may have used all of these skills at some point or the other. Did you stop to consider how this makes you a multi-tasker? Feels good, doesn’t it!
Being flexible is the most important factor (according to me!), which makes for a super exciting trip. Having a plan is important, but being ready to make spur-of-the-moment decisions while on a trip gives an adrenalin rush of its own and helps you learn new things out of the experience.
So let’s talk about how you can mention these skills in your CV to get the best out of your experiences while giving the employer exactly what they want. Every CV is unique and needs suitable tailoring, in order to showcase the best of your skills.
My Travelblog has been a part of my CV ever since I started it in 2015. It’s an interesting part of my profile which helps set me apart from the other candidates. I have often been asked questions like, “What did you think of the Pyramids of Giza?” or “Tell us about your experience with the non-English speaking crowds in Japan”, during my interviews.
Just mentioning that you have learnt the above-mentioned skills over the course of your travels isn’t the final step. Effective CVs require you to demonstrate the skills with short examples which make them more believable. For example; you may talk about having done volunteer work in South-East Asia, using your leadership skills to organise your group of travellers in Africa, etc. Write down your experiences, keeping the skills in mind so that the examples can help communicate the exact skill which the employer may be looking for.
I hope that this post helps you in your search for your dream job. I have been getting a lot of questions about how I manage to travel while handling a full-time job. There is no magical genie to help me out. It’s all about how you use the things that you learn, to your advantage. Don’t treat your passion as just a hobby.If you make it your strength and pursue it with full dedication,y ou will certainly be able to achieve the life that you have always dreamed of.