The Surprising Benefits of Traveling to Entrepreneurs

November 17, 2015

10:23 am

If you are a new entrepreneur, you have so much to learn, and you will literally be learning things on the fly. You need to take advantage of any and all opportunities to learn and to grow your business, and this includes travel. While you may think that you can’t afford to travel because most of your money is tied up in the new business, you really can’t afford to not travel. You might be surprised to find out just how much you can gain by doing a little bit of travel, especially traveling with other enterpreneurs, CEOs and artists! Read on to learn about the many benefits of traveling for entrepreneurs.

You Communicate Better

You are going to be meeting people from all over the world, and over time, you will have better communication, both verbal and non-verbal. For instance, when you are on business retreats, such as those held by Refuga, you will be with people of all ages, races, careers, etc. Refuga founder Nikola Astrup says that traveling with other entrepreneurs not only helps you learn better communication skills, but also helps you with business networking, which is going to be very valuable to you in the future.

You Learn to Adapt

When you are in business, and when you are traveling, you have to expect a lot of changes to come your way. You can either learn how to adapt to these changes, or you can sink. You are going to have to deal with delayed flights, lost baggage, hotels that are difficult to find, etc. when you are traveling, and the more you travel and get used to these little problems, the better your adapting skills are going to be in all areas of your life, including your business.

You Learn About Teamwork

In order to be successful, most businesses require a team of great people, and you need to learn how to build your team and help it grow. Traveling will offer you new experiences in foreign places, and you are going to grow. You can bring what you learn back to your team to help each member grow, and help your business to grow. Instead of trying to do everything yourself, you will learn how to rely on the strengths of others, and know when to step back and let someone else do their thing.

You Learn About Other Cultures

It is always wise to work with people from other cultures. In fact, it is the heart and soul of internet marketing. When you travel, you get to connect with business associates from other cultures, and learn new ways to help your business grow. Nikola said that traveling is the best way to meet people from a variety of cultures.

You Learn Time Management Skills

Any time you travel, you are using your time management skills. The more you travel, the more you are going to hone these skills. If you don’t, you will never get everything done, both in travel and in business. The better you get at time management, the more you can work to grow your business.

You Learn to Work with Constraints

Sometimes, you are limited to what you can do when you travel because your resources are limited. You learn to deal with this and make the best of your travels. This is something that can translate into business as well. Sometimes you are going to face constraints. By learning how to deal with constraints when traveling, you will be able to deal with them in your business and be able to find ways to get past those constraints.

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Jane Hurst is a freelance writer from San Francisco. She contributes to Lifehack and Thought Catalog.