Get Out There and Travel: The Hidden Benefits of Going Abroad

There are 195 countries and 4,416 cities in the world today. With so many places to see in the world, each one with its own unique culture and identity, traveling is the perfect way to broaden your horizons and create new memories. Whether it is across town or across the ocean, here are the top five benefits of traveling.

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1. It is a resume builder

Spending time abroad, whether it is studying abroad or a gap year, has proven to be important to a number of employers. In 2011, a QS Global Employer survey reports that out of the 10,000 recruiters surveyed, 60% indicated they do value international study when looking to hire new talent. Students that are able to explain the benefits of their time abroad show that they have developed the soft skills companies are looking for in future leaders. These skills include adaptability, communication and patience.

2. Learn how to balance a budget

There are a lot of costs that come with traveling that we don’t often think about when we first set on our sights on the journey ahead. Seasoned travelers know what to splurge on, what to save on and how to keep track of it all. By traveling often you begin to learn how to find the hole in the wall local restaurants which not only have better food, but also don’t charge the high tourist prices. Chances are if you are more comfortable with traveling you will also save money by figuring out the train system instead of taking a cab. Maybe you will stay in a small Airbnb with the locals instead of a hotel. There is no limit when you know how to make your money last.

3. Learn a new language

While the amount of time it takes you to learn a new language when living in a foreign place may still be long, surrounding yourself with people who speak that lovely language definitely helps it stick in your brain better. For languages like French, Spanish and Italian, which share some similarities to English, it only takes about seven months to become fluent in the language, depending on the level of effort put in to learn it, as well. Not only does learning a new language help you communicate with people in different areas of the world, but it is also highly valued in the workplace. In addition, studies show people who speak more than one language have undeniably better memorization, listening and critical-thinking skills.

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4. Embrace a new culture

Living in a culture completely different from yours can be difficult, but by traveling often it is easier to find the things that make you feel safe and at home, but also keep an open mind. The more you travel, the more you will become adjusted to the fact that the traditions of a culture have a significance to them and you will grow to understand it rather than become intimidated by it. Connecting with the people you meet when abroad is also important; they will appreciate the fact that you are trying to embrace their culture even if it isn’t your own roots.

5. See the sights

While there might be some beautiful sights in your hometown, there has to be some sights you just?have?to cross off your bucket list. Whether it is the Great Wall of China or the Eiffel Tower, these phenomenons create experiences and memories that will last a life time.

We often forget all of the opportunities that are available to us when it comes to traveling the world. If you have the desire to explore, nothing can get in your way.

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