Definitely, no two travel experiences are the same, but the principles surrounding traveling are closely related. And these similar principles can always translate into practical lessons that can be applied to every phase of life, even business.
Entrepreneurship is one aspect of life that can enjoy a lot of insights from travel. For example, 94% of business leaders in America believe travel experience directly translates to a competitive advantage in the workplace.
Other than giving you some competitive advantage, here are 5 things traveling the world teaches you about entrepreneurship:
1. Creative Problem-Solving.
Getting lost or stranded, missed flights, sickness (especially from food poisoning), injuries, stolen wallets, and so much more, are some of the common problems travelers encounter. But about 99% of the time, they survive.
The business environment might not be as immediately threatening as travel, but being very creative around entrepreneurial problems--just as you'd necessarily be around travel problems--is the only way to survive in the harsh and competitive business world.
Even when you're faced with very uncommon and unusual business problems, you need to let your creative problem-solving spirit guide you. That's the way to the top.
It's not only the human body inactivity kills; it kills businesses too.
A business where almost nothing happens, or where you wait passively, doing nothing till the next client walks in will die with time. It not only kills the employee's spirit; it makes the business environment look dead.
Just as you'd have a bucket list of things to do in Rome if you were planning a trip to Rome--so that you don't die of boredom on your trip, always try to find various activities that can grow your business and implement them.
3. Learning and Growth.
You'd probably never make the same travel mistake twice. You'd learn and grow--become more experience and apply lessons you'd previously learnt to new but similar situations. You'd even help whoever you find in such situations.
It's the same with entrepreneurship.
One thing about being an entrepreneur is having to learn a lot; either from your own mistakes or from other people's experiences. If from your own mistakes, just move forward (grow) with the lessons you've learned. If from other people's experiences, well...lucky you; just grow on!
4. Creating Community.
Even if you've never traveled, you can imagine how boring your trip would be if you don't make any new friends and create (or join) groups of friendly, fun, and like-minded people--especially when you travel alone.
This applies to entrepreneurship too. It's not a path you travel alone. You want to build a team of like-minded and variously talented people to help drive the business to desirable heights, and make the journey fun all the way.
5. Creative Communication.
What do you do when you travel to a country where you don't speak the language? The answer is probably the same every time and everywhere: you find creative ways to communicate and connect with the people. And have you noticed that most times you succeed in passing your message on--somehow?
In life, people have different ways of taking and understanding instructions. Not all your employees or partners learn best by listening alone. Some must still have a visual perception of your ideas or instructions. Some can only learn from experience--on the job.
Whatever way best suits your co-workers in learning, always find creative ways to communicate. If need be, tailor each person's instruction to his best way of learning--just as you'd do on a foreign trip.
There are definitely dozens of other lessons you can learn from traveling--so much that a book can probably be written on the topic--but I can only cover these 5 important ones here.
The best way to harness these invaluable travel lessons is to actually travel and learn from your own experience. Bring these lessons back home and apply them to your business. Then sit down (grab some snack maybe) and watch your business fly!
Related: Inspirational movies for entrepreneurs
Inspirational movies for entrepreneurs
5 things traveling the world teaches you about entrepreneurship
The Social Network
Based on the true story of Facebook genius Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard classmates and co-founders, this movie shows us how one idea can go from a thought in casual conversation to a world-dominating platform.
This film also brings to light the drama and behind-the-scenes tensions that arise when setting out to begin a new business or venture. We learn through Zuckerberg's faults in the movie that you must stay cognizant of your actions and the way that you treat people, or you may damage relationships with those closest to you.
In a classic awakening of the conscience, sports agent Jerry McGuire decides to write a letter to his entire company about how the hunger for deals and a profit are making it easy for everyone to lose sight of who they are.
This gets McGuire fired, and he must start his own business. With only one star football player under his management, McGuire learns what it really means to love what you do while still being able to sustain an income and sense of morality.
This classic has so much to teach us about believing in ourselves, believing in others, and how there is literally no one who can tell you what you're capable of doing other than yourself.
As someone who's mentally disadvantaged, Forrest lives a life that's anything but limited and does it all with a smile. His determination is admirable, and at the very least, this movie will remind you to never give up on the things you want the most. Mental fortitude is the most important thing.
Elle Woods is the girl you can't help but root for, right from the opening scene at the start of this movie. After getting her heart broken by her long-term boyfriend (whom she thought would soon be her fiancé), she learns that he'll be attending Harvard Law school in the fall.
Determined to both get him back and prove to him she's more than just a dumb blonde, Elle works harder than she's ever worked before (with the help of everyone she knows and loves), gets accepted to Harvard and finds herself on the defendant side of a high profile court case that forever changes her life and career.
Elle teaches us how to pool our resources and connections to get to our goals. The film also reminds us about how important friends and family are to have as a support system when you're taking on an endeavor that most people expect you to fail at.
Plus, she shows us that the seemingly impossible can become possible if you're willing to smile through it (and maybe if you put on a little pink!)
A classic tale of friendship and trust, Charlotte's Web will always inevitably give you all the feels. It reminds us all that by being kind and by simply being someone's friend, you can make all the difference.
The people who find the most success and get to where they need to be are the people who care deeply for others and expect nothing in return.
The film, as does the novel, can make anyone see that the relationships we build along the way become the best investments that we make.
This 2015 movie starring Robert DiNero and Anne Hathaway is feel-good film about a 70-year-old retiree named Ben Whittaker who, recently widowed, is looking to come out of retirement for something fun to do. When he sees a posting for am"senior internship", Ben believes he's the perfect fit.
Ben works under the owner of a fashion website (played by Hathaway) and the two form an incredible, honest bond. Their friendship shows that the most successful partnerships and ventures come from the most unexpected places.
It's a nice reminder that hard work, positive mentality and kindness will always be in style, no matter how old or young you are.