Whether heading to a new place alone or with friends and family, you're bound to explore a bit of yourself when traveling. No matter your age or experience, there's always room to grow your sense of self. This in turn can benefit you professionally and in personal relationships. Lessons you learn about yourself while tracking stay with you forever.
Not accepting "No" for an answer
When traveling, you will come across times when you must ask strangers questions to get what you want. For instance, you may decide to splurge and have a delicious and expensive dinner at a five star restaurant one night during your week-long vacation. You order a pricey steak medium rare, and it comes out well done. Don't settle! Ask for it to be replaced with the thing that you ordered, and do not take "No" for an answer. Remember this at all times: you are spending your hard-earned money on this trip, and it is the one time out of a whole year that you are really getting the chance treating yourself. Learn that you are worth it and that to get what you want, you have to push forward until you get it.
Expanding your knowledge
The beauty of traveling includes visiting new places, learning new cultures and finding out how others live. Reflecting on the differences between the culture you are visiting and yours helps you expand your knowledge not only about others but about yourself, too! Having book smarts is a wonderful thing to have in your professional life, but having knowledge of life in general--including life of people from all walks of life--is key to your personal growth. Traveling to touristic vacation spots can still be beneficial in expanding your knowledge, as you will see how the locals keep their city going and get a flavor for a day in the life. Be sure to take advantage of the ones that go off the beaten path to open your eyes even wider to the spirit of the area you are visiting.
Communicating with others
Through your travels, you may comes across people speaking different languages, often languages that you don't know. This is a great time to grow your skills of communication. Being able to communicate effectively with expressions and thinking outside the box to get your point or question across will not only give you confidence in tackling any tough situation, but will also give you skills to express yourself in different ways. Reading between the lines and understanding communication in a way other than just words is an incredible development tool to have, both professionally and personally, and it is a craft that can always be improved upon, as noted by Forbes. Plus, with different languages or accents, you will have to listen with extra attention and with delicate care to ensure you aren't misreading a situation. This helps you listen and communicate effectively yourself, so you always give the right meaning to a conversation, professional and personal.
Walking a mile in someone else's shoes
To develop yourself personally, it's important to be aware. Be aware of not only your own fortune and faults but also those of the people around you. During travel, you will see people from all social and economic classes. Take note of the differences, and just as importantly, take note of the similarities. You can't walk a mile in someone else's shoes until you are comfortable in your own. See the differences in the people around and celebrate this. Let the differences open your mind to how others live, and let it really sink in, says Psychology Today. Appreciate what you have and who you have in your life. Find out where the locals eat or hang out and explore that area. Again, going off the beaten path will give you the best understanding of the lives around you, in turn letting you reflect on your own life.
Organizing your itinerary, organizing your life
Organization is such an important life skill to have. Keeping your schedule in order can be difficult when you have an extremely busy life. Knowing how, when and where to put all of the pieces of your day-to-day life in is important for your development--and your sanity! When you travel. you similarly have to keep your daily vacation itinerary planned out to an extent. Of course, flying by the seat of your pants can be exhilarating, but when you have your times to meet and dinner reservations to attend, you have to keep yourself somewhat organized. This parallels the organization you have in your own life. Practice planning out a schedule and sticking to it, making changes on the go where necessary. Doing this electronically with planner or calendar apps can be extra helpful when organizing your vacation and your personal life, according to Entrepreneur Magazine.
Step out of your comfort zone
It's easy to become too comfortable in your day-to-day life. Becoming complacent is okay as long as you remember to challenge yourself! What an excellent way to develop your personal growth. Find something that seems a bit more challenging than you're used to. If you would usually just be a passenger on a jet ski at the beach, take the reins and drive one yourself! That waterfall you thought you'd never make it up? Take your time, go one step at a time, and find the inner strength to make it to the top (or as far as you can without hurting your physical self). You will mostly likely surprise yourself in the things you can do. Because of this, you will be more likely to take personal risks--healthy ones--when it comes to making important life decisions. Knowing you can handle the tough stuff is incredibly important to your personal growth journey.
Reflecting on where life has taken you
Travel allows you to really see what you are capable of doing. Travel takes you places physically and emotionally. It takes you out of your comfort zone--conquering your fears--and to a personal place where new and exciting things are something to cherish. With each new place you travel, you will see another layer building your personal growth. You will realize exactly who you are, what truly makes you happy, and all of amazing things you are capable of doing. Be proud of where life has taken you, because it is really because of you that you have been to such amazing places and seen such wonderful sights. Reflect on decisions you have made to get you to where you are today and realize how much you've grown along the way.