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23 Unconventional Places Introverts Would Love To Travel

23 Unconventional Places Introverts Would Love To Travel

Introverts. You probably know a few people who consider themselves as one. If not, then let me be the first.

Introverts love to travel as much as extroverts. We just prefer different destinations. Extroverts may perceive them as unconventional but introverts find that such places are interesting and stimulating.

Extroverts may choose to travel to cities like Paris or Tokyo. Introverts might actually be interested in some of the same cities but they will opt for activities that cater to their introversion.

So, here are 23 unconventional places that introverts would love to travel at some point of their lives.

neworleans

    1. Walking Alone To People Watch In New Orleans

    “Although the raucous city of New Orleans may seem like a party paradise for extroverts, introverts will enjoy observing and taking in all of the local ambience”, says Jenn Granneman, Founder of Introvert Dear.

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      2. Refresh The Soul With Beauty In The Canadian Rocky Mountains

      “With sweeping vistas, pristine air, and wilderness, it is the perfect place to recharge from it all”, says Naomi Huzovicova.

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        3. Sailing To Relax In Malta’s Sister Islands, Gozo & Comino

        “Malta is still fairly unknown to American tourists, which makes it the perfect place for introverts to blend in and disappear for a short trip”, says Carly Smith.

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          4. Four-Wheeling Down Hilly Roads To Experience Exhilaration In Rural Chihuahua

          “The state of Chihuahua are home to tiny towns like Santa Rosalia De Cuevas. You can take an ATV and go flying down dirt roads without ever encountering another human being”, says Clayburn Griffin.

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            5. Roaming To Get Lost In The City Of Tokyo

            “Tokyo is a great place for introverts because you can remain anonymous. In addition, it helps that the Japanese are not intrusive”, says Patti Geroulis, Co-Founder of The Travel Sisters.

            The region consists of the Antilles, divided into the larger Greater Antilles which bound the sea on the north, the Lesser Antilles on the south and east (including the Leeward Antilles), the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands or the Lucayan Archipelago, which are in fact in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba, not in the Caribbean Sea. Some islands in the region have relatively flat terrain of non-volcanic origin. These islands include Aruba (possessing only minor volcanic features), Barbados, Bonaire, the Cayman Islands, Saint Croix, The Bahamas or Antigua. Others possess rugged towering mountain-ranges like the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Dominica, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, Saint John, Tortola, Grenada, Saint Vincent, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Trinidad & Tobago. The climate of the region is tropical but rainfall varies with elevation, size and water currents (cool upwellings keep the ABC islands arid). Warm, moist tradewinds blow consistently from the east creating rainforest/semidesert divisions on mountainous islands. Occasional northwesterlies affect the northern islands in the winter. The region enjoys year-round sunshine, divided into 'dry' and 'wet' seasons, with the last six months of the year being wetter than the first half. The waters of the Caribbean Sea host large, migratory schools of fish, turtles, and coral reef formations. Hurricanes, which at times batter the region, usually strike northwards of Grenada, and to the west of Barbados. The principal hurricane belt arcs to northwest of the island of Barbados in the Eastern Caribbean. The region sits in the line of several major shipping routes with the man-made Panama Canal connecting the western Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean.

              6. Salsa Dance By The Sea In Cuba

              “Dancing is a great activity for introverts because it is a way of connecting without talking”, says Michaela Chung, Founder of Introvert Spring.

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                7. Hiking To Experience Solitude In Torres Del Paine

                “You can hike all day without seeing more than a handful of hikers passing by you”, says John Manooigan.

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                  8. Join A Bike Tour To Experience The Epic Scenery Of France’s Bordeaux Region

                  “This type of trip appeals to introverts because it presents opportunities to socialize and times to be alone”, says Janice Chung.

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                    9. Wandering The Streets In Montmartre To People Watch In Paris

                    “For introverts, it helps with inspiration and experiencing the magic of artists from the past and present”, says Isabelle Rizo.

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                      10. Looking To The Ocean For Inspiration At Martha’s Vineyard

                      As a writer and introvert, there is no better place for inspiration and creativity than living in a fortress-like house with Walter Knoll interior on Martha’s Vineyard as depicted in the movie, The Ghost Writer.

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                        11. Experience Inner Peace Via Yoga On The Edge Of The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

                        “Introverts would appreciate a place so remote and quiet that one can actually see the curve of the earth and hear the blood circulate through their ears”, says Lucy Ballantyne.

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                          12. Discover Oneself By Living In Antarctica

                          “It would be an introvert’s dream to work in the U.S. Antarctic Program. With such a small population, it is an incredible opportunity for self-discovery and reflection”, says Kenneth Campbell.

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                            13. Travel On A Long Journey To Self-Reflect Through The Appalachian Trail

                            This is something that I plan to do at some point of my life. As an introvert, there is nothing better than connecting with nature directly by trekking hundreds of miles alone.

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                              14. Taking An Italian Cooking Class To Bask In The Tranquility Of Beautiful Tuscany

                              “An Italian cooking class held in Italy may appeal to introverts because it is an intimate setting, where you can be among a small group of people or choose to be alone”, says George Meyers.

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                                15. Ski To Experience A Sense Of Awe In Winter Park, Colorado

                                “This experience would appeal to thrill-seeking introverts because it is a great getaway to be alone with your thoughts and the beautiful views”, says Hailey Lanier.

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                                  16. Hiking To Experience Nature Along The Camino De Santiago

                                  “The long distance trek appeals to introverts because you get to spend time discovering nature, far away from crowds and major cities”, says Gabriel Schirm.

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                                    17. Bird Watch To Experience Quietness At Kensal Green Cemetary In London

                                    “Introverts can enjoy all of the benefits of public park without the noisy crowds”, says Tui Snider.

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                                      18. Immersing Oneself In Total Remoteness In Slope Point, New Zealand

                                      Not only is it at one of the southernmost points in the world but it offers some of the most majestic views of New Zealand’s green landscape”, says Richard Grasso.

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                                        19. Touring To Experience Openness In The Southwest Desert

                                        “The tour is perfect for the introvert to experience some of the most desolate places in The West”, says Joseph Cowlishaw, Co-Founder of Utah UFO Fest.

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                                          20. Meditating At Sunrise To Conjure Inner Peace In Parque Juarez

                                          “This place is a perfect for introverts to be among such beauty and tranquility”, says Kallen Diggs.

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                                            21. Living At The Famed Shakespeare & Co Bookstore In Paris

                                            “If you feel like talking, there is an endless supply of interesting people. If not, you can just sit and read”, says Hazel Thornton.

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                                              22. Snorkeling To Bask In The Stillness Of The Surin Islands

                                              “It is an unspoiled tropical paradise that is less crowded and a more peaceful place that introverts will enjoy,” says Sylvain Chevreton, General Manager of Khaolake Explorer.

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                                                23. Ride The High-Speed Train To Make Time For Reflection From Tokyo To Mt. Fuji

                                                “There is no better way to recharge than enjoying a long, solitary train journey. In Japan, it’s not generally acceptable for strangers to talk to each other or for people to make much noise. So, you’ll be guaranteed a peaceful ride”, says Sian Atkins.

                                                Featured photo credit: Dani Geza via pixabay.com

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                                                How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

                                                I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

                                                I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

                                                Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                                                How Communication Skills Help Your Success

                                                Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

                                                Create a Positive Experience

                                                Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

                                                When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

                                                What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

                                                Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

                                                As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

                                                Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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                                                Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

                                                Help Leadership Skills

                                                It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

                                                Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

                                                As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

                                                Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

                                                If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

                                                Build Better Teams

                                                Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

                                                In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

                                                If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

                                                When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

                                                Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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                                                How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

                                                Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

                                                1. Listen

                                                Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

                                                Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

                                                People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

                                                Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

                                                Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

                                                2. Know Your Audience

                                                Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

                                                Here is a good way to think about it:

                                                Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

                                                You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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                                                3. Minimize

                                                I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

                                                He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

                                                Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

                                                State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

                                                The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

                                                4. Over Communicate

                                                So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

                                                What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

                                                Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

                                                Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

                                                Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

                                                There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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                                                5. Body Language

                                                The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

                                                When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

                                                In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

                                                When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

                                                Conclusion

                                                Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

                                                Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

                                                There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                                                Now go communicate your way to success.

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