Like most people, I love to travel and unlike most, I love my job.
Our lives, when we are far away on vacation, are a complete disconnect from the 9 to 5 work routine on weekdays. But did you ever stop to think what your holiday version could bring to your workplace? I’m not talking about the tanned arms, flip flops and bermudas. I’m talking about the holiday state of mind. What happens when your office and holiday zen collide? Here are three travel philosophies to carry with you to work, post the holiday. Let’s call it Ho-ffice Zen.
Travel Philosophy #1: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
You might be the immaculate planner who leaves for a holiday with a print out of the itinerary, all bookings done, travel checklists ready, forex safely procured. But when they lose your bags at the airport and the hotel’s wifi isn’t working, you’re completely thrown off your game.
You’re at work and meeting all your deadlines in time. A colleague quits and lo and behold! Your ‘things to do’ list seems endless. You’re expected to work on projects you have no idea about, and deliver. Suddenly, life is topsyturvy – now what?
Travel teaches you to work with whatever you’ve got and make the most of it. It teaches you to be innovative, that difficulties are basically opportunities to discover something new – maybe a hidden talent or a cupcake bakery in an obscure street in Paris!
Travel Philosophy #2: The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – St Augustine
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Travelling opens your heart and mind to so many ideas, possibilities and opportunities. It is liberating and thrilling.
The most sure shot way to stagnate in one’s career is to become closed to new opportunities and skills. We start hating our jobs when we are stuck in a rut, doing the same work day in and day out. The way out is to update your skills and be open to new ideas. Listen to what people with opposing ideas to you have to say. Learn something new and up your skills to keep that fire glowing.
Travel Philosophy #3 Travel is rebellion in its purest form
When you travel to another place, it is not merely an escape from life, it is to declare that there is a better life you want to live. It is a way to strive for something better than the usual 9 to 5 existence. It is a silent announcement that I want to live, not exist.
When you rebel … that’s when change happens. A little bit of rebellion is required at work too. We need to raise our voices against systems that don’t work for us, against a job that makes us unhappy, against a work-life balance that is extremely skewed. So rebel against a job that makes you feel chained. Like travel, your job should liberate you. Travel teaches you that initiating change is like booking that vacation. It might be a tough decision to take but in the end, it will be worth it.