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7 Professional Skills You Develop by Travelling Solo

Source | Thecareermuse.co.in  |  BY:Sampurna Majumder, A professional writer and passionate blogger

While we all discuss the very inevitability of change, it is probably one of the toughest things an individual has to comply with. We are so well attuned to our surroundings and the people whom we hang out with, we tend to forget that there’s a whole new world awaiting us to unfold itself and appeal to our senses.

However, travelling to unexplored destinations, at least once in a year, can turn out to be fruitful. Yes; travelling, especially solo not only opens up the world before you but it also comes with some advantages.

Researchers across the globe have revealed that travelling and work performance go hand in hand. Travelling, whether for a short-term or a longer period offer incredibly invaluable experiences you can apply back to the job to become an even more treasured employee.

These days’ in India, solo travel has caught up in a massive scale, especially among young women. More and more individuals, (even women) are choosing to travel solo.

Travelling solo has its benefits. There are different professional skills that you develop (or enhance, if already existing) while travelling solo. Let’s take a look at them.

#1. You hone your decision-making skills

The moment you decide to take a break from work and embark on a solo trip to some new place, you step out from your comfort zone. This very action helps in developing your decision-making skills. When you are going to a distant place, away from your comfort zone, your natural instincts began working automatically, and you learn to make decisions on your own automatically and of course more independently that ever before. Researchers at Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh have confirmed with studies that people improve their decision-making accuracy when the time factor is minimised.Even while on the job, you might face situations such as a stranger (maybe another traveller) who offers to travel with you. How will decide what you should do? You have to think on your feet in such cases and make a decision. Such incidents help you brush your decision-making skills and apply them in your workplace.

#2. You develop/enhance excellent research skills

While travelling solo, especially to another country, you need to indulge in a lot of research work. You need to know about all the pros and the cons, safety precautions and other aspects before making a final decision. Even if you are going with a tour company, it does involve research about the company, its reputation, and the concerned expenses. The more you get involved in researching about all these, the more sharpened your research skills become. Therefore, travelling solo develops your researching skills which help in your professional career throughout your life.

#3. You develop planning/organisational skills

Organisational skills are pretty much essential for you to succeed in job or career. Wondering how it is related to solo travelling? Well, while the travelling and exploring part can be exciting and easy, what ‘s hard is the planning part, especially if you are travelling alone. Right from finalising the destination to booking tickets, to confirming accommodation and planning the itinerary – everything requires being planned a little ahead of time. This requires excellent organisational and planning skills. Once you have excelled in these, the chances are that your organisational and planning skills will be reflected in your work.

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