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7 Ways Traveling Changes Millennials’ Life Expectations and Perspectives

7 Ways Traveling Changes Millennials’ Life Expectations and Perspectives

The millennial population is rich in adventurers who manage to switch from their full-time jobs to a digital nomad life. Their stories are inspiring and mesmerizing, but they usually focus on how great the world is and how to quit your job.

I want to give you a different perspective: traveling changes your perspective on the world. All your life expectations will be shaken and turned upside down as you see how other people live and work. In time, the traveling culture perpetuated by millennials is going to change society, but let’s take it one step at a time.

1. You will understand international relationships better

Traveling helps you meet and bond with foreigners, so after couple of weeks, you will have a network of foreign friends. Each one of them comes with their own cultural background. This will show you a different reality from each country, a reality which is not broadcasted on the news.

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I visited San Pedro Sula and learned that each city has its own charm, even if the news only presents it from a negative viewpoint. Traveling makes you see the world more objectively, which is going to open your mind to a new range of judgments and conceptions.

2. You will learn how your decisions impact locals in other countries

When you travel, you might stumble upon some traveling laws which ask you to do certain things, present certain papers, or restrict your access to entering a country. All these obstacles might be a direct or indirect result of your decisions. When you vote to enter a war (OK, this is less likely, but let’s keep it to the extremes for this imagination exercise), you might ignore the impact of this decision, especially if you don’t have any loved ones in the country your state is declaring war upon. But if you’ve traveled to that country and seen the people, possibly made some friends there, you are going to think twice before making a political decision that might impact another country.

The most recent example we have is Brexit, which impacted not only Europe but the entire world as it changed the economic dynamics in the European Union.

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3. You will appreciate your country more

For Americans, it is easy to be patriotic because we have all the reasons in the world to be grateful and proud. But other countries don’t always offer so many reasons to be grateful or proud. Certain countries in Eastern Europe and Africa are struggling, which means their citizens have tough lives. For them, being patriotic is harder than it is for Americans.

Traveling will make you appreciate your status. The more you learn about the formalities of getting a second citizenship, a work visa, or the struggle of trying to make the immigration officer understand you can’t provide the paperwork he is asking for, the more you will understand how it feels to be in a foreign country.

As immigration is booming, thousands of people are becoming foreigners and giving up on their citizenship in favor of living in a developed country like America. Traveling makes you appreciate your citizenship and your country of residence more than ever before.

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4. If you work abroad, you will learn new office practices

Traveling is great, but if you manage to get a job abroad, you will learn another valuable lesson: office life is different from one country to another.

While for Europeans it is normal to leave the work email closed during the weekend, in the US this is not acceptable for many companies. In America, people do reply to emails on the weekend, even when they are on holiday, if there is an emergency. And this is only a small chapter of the big book of professionalism at offices across the world. If you have the opportunity to work abroad, do it, because you will learn new office practices and discover how other nations get the work done.

5. You will understand that learning a new language is easier than it seems

Millennials want to gain from their trips, so learning is always part of the trade. As you travel from country to country, meeting new people and understanding their culture, tasting their food, and trying on their clothes, you also get to understand the core of their language. Pair this with the increasing demand of knowing at least 2 foreign languages for your job and you have the perfect learn and travel experience.

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There are millions of guides on how to learn a language fast, but until you visit the country, you will never truly grasp these words — even with an easy-to-learn language such as Spanish or Italian. Each language has its own specific words for emotions and situations.

6. You will ditch misconceptions

Each nation has its own share of myths and misconceptions, but traveling to another country is going to help you ditch them in the blink of an eye.

One of the destinations plagued by misconceptions is Amsterdam. The general opinion believes this is a modern day Sodoma and Gomorah, but if you take a look at the history of this city, you will see there is more to it than illegal substances and the oldest job of all time. When you step onto the streets of Amsterdam and witness how people speak, live, and eat, your misconceptions will disappear. The same magic happens anywhere you travel.

7. You will gain a mix of confidence and modesty

Traveling gives you a lot of confidence, but it also makes you more modest. As you get a reality check and see how other people live, you will see the world is a huge place and you have a lot to learn. The sheer immensity of cultures and sightings is going to make you modest, but in a good way — a way that keeps your mind open to learning new things every day.

Featured photo credit: Unknown via bokosmart.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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