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Some people picture a traveler as a nomad carrying a huge backpack, well…actually traveling is an art that goes beyond just a vacation in paradise.

When people travel they have the opportunity to experience new things, to meet people with different realities, they have to face unexpected problems and for many times they get out of their comfort zone. All of these things provide a traveler some skills that are really valuable for his career and also for his life.

Here is the list of 15 skills a traveler has:

1)Globally minded: A traveler knows a lot about other cultures and economical situation. He understands people’s differences and knows how to approach them.

Angkor Wat - Cambodia

Angkor Wat – Cambodia

2)Planning: Planning a trip is not as simple as it seems, it may take couple of days, weeks or months. 

3)Decision Making: A traveler is fully responsible for what happens to him. He needs to decide whether or not accept help from a certain person, where he is going to eat, where he is going to stay, etc.

Thai Food

Thai Food

4)Language skills: He improves his language skills by traveling and meeting people from all around the world, especially when English is his second language. 

5)Relationship building: Worldwide connections are in a traveler’s blood!

Maya Bay Sleep Aboard Tour - Thailand

Maya Bay Sleep Aboard Tour – Thailand

6)Time Management: He needs to set priorities and manage his daily time to not miss a flight or a tour and also to be able to see everything he wants in a city. 

7)Value simple things: He has probably stayed in unclean places, has seen people in poor conditions, has been at places with politic and security issues, and away from home for enough time to miss someone special. After this, he may be thankful for having a regular toilet to use, may go crazy when he gets clean sheets, and appreciates better many other things =)

Toilet - Vietnam

Toilet – Vietnam

8)Patience: Things will go wrong in a trip, he may miss a flight, a bus, or a tour, but he has to learn how to deal with disappointment before turning his trip in a complaint saga. 

9)Communication: He is sociable and more easygoing than most of people.

Halong Bay - Vietnam

Halong Bay – Vietnam

10)Financial notion: In order to travel he needs to define a budget, to save money and control expenses because he knows he should never run out of money before the end of his trip. 

11)Adaptability: A traveler moves from one hostel/hotel to another every couple of days and for that he needs to quickly get used to a new bed, bathroom or even culture and food.

Night train from Hanoi to Sapa - Vietnam

Night train from Hanoi to Sapa – Vietnam

12)Problem solving: He has found himself in trouble and in situations he could never imagine but he figured out a way to get out of it. 

13)Self-confidence: Once he had to deal with multiple problems and succeeded in his decisions he ends up gathering more confidence in himself.

14)Geography: A traveler never forgets where he has been, where it is located on the map and what the place’s characteristics are.

15)Independence: Many times he gets to do things and find disposition by himself because there is no one else to rely.

Machu Picchu Mountain - Peru

Machu Picchu Mountain – Peru

Maybe from now on you will get some extra points by presenting yourself as an experienced traveler on a job interview 😉

Be a TRAVELER!

Live More, Travel More.

By Elaine Villatoro