Why Travelling won’t hurt your Career

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably always wanted to travel, but it’s never been the ‘right time’. The truth is that we’ve all got too much work and we’ve all got a million things going on in our lives. You hear others talk about their amazing experiences, but you’ve just got too much going on to think about travelling. In this post I’m going to talk about why travelling won’t hurt your career.

The Story

So here’s the story: We’re supposed to go to university, then we’re supposed to get a job, then we’re supposed to get a mortgage, then we’re supposed to settle down and have a family. Whether it’s the pressure of your parents or you’re scared to fall behind your peers, taking time out to travel is a really daunting thing.

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The Reality

I felt all these pressures and they almost stopped me going. The one I struggled with most was falling a further year behind my peers (I already took one year out to start a business).

I’m 23. Most of my friends have great full time jobs and I’m not ashamed to admit that right now I’m behind them on the career ladder.

But here’s the thing.

A career is long. Most span upwards of 40 years.

Do you really think you can’t catch up in 40 years?

Picture yourself at 80. Do you think you’ll want to swap seeing the world for an extra year in work?

Your career success will be dictated by your talent and hard work over decades. Not one year. Travelling won’t hurt your career.

If you’re not satisfied with your career at 60, it won’t be because you saw the world in your 20’s.

It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

If you can give yourself an opportunity to travel, give it a go.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. huewinnchan says:

    That’s precisely what I think! Since graduation, I’ve been unable to find the ‘right’ job for me. I’ll be quitting my current job in February to go travelling. I want experience! I want adventure! I’m too young to be anchored down in a job that I don’t enjoy.

    I hope to hear more about your travel experience!!

    1. zac9123 says:

      Thanks Chan! Where do you plan on travelling?

      1. huewinnchan says:

        I plan on going to South East Asia! It’s goingto be far cheaper there than in London (where I live) that’s for sure!!

        1. Zac says:

          We head there on Monday. We just ate a fabulous dinner for 2 in India for less than £3! If you need any help with anything when you go, don’t hesitate to reach out

  2. Therese says:

    You’re SO right! Just go for it when you CAN and WANT TO, whatever age you’re in. And anyway, 23… you are soooo not in a hurry about climbing up in work positions 🙂 Are you on Tao now? Do you like it?

    1. Zac says:

      I couldn’t agree more with your perspective Therese! Taking time to travel shouldn’t affect where you end up in your career. Yeah we’re on Tao now, it’s great! have you visited?

      1. Therese says:

        Yes I have been there twice 🙂 Two weeks at the time, I really like it there <3 That’s the reason I chose Koh Tao for my stay when going for my Dive master course in January. It’s the place I’ve visited that I’ve never wanted to leave so I think (hope) it will be a good fit for me when I need to stay in one place for 2-3 months during the course 🙂

        1. Zac says:

          We’ve been here for over a week, but we’ve so ill we haven’t left the room! Tomorrow we hope to start the exploring/snorkelling. The little I’ve seen if Koh Tao, I can see why you’d love it. Do you have a blog? Sounds like you could give us some great advice!

          1. Therese says:

            Sorry about late answer !!! Yes I do, Tess2018.wordpress.com How did the last week end up? Better than the first 6 days I hope

          2. Zac says:

            Thanks, I’ll check it out. Last week has been great, we finally saw Koh Tao and loved it. Now we’re having a great time exploring (mainly the nightlife this time) Bangkok. How about you?

  3. Glenna G. says:

    I agree that we should all travel as much as we can, especially before buying a house, etc. The question is, how do you make it an asset on your resume (you might call it CV) when looking for a job? My boyfriend is a travel agent, so it’s automatically an asset for him. I think it’s helpful to try do something while traveling that can be put in a resume, and a travel blog is perfect!

    1. Zac says:

      I completely agree! That’s actually a great point and something I thought about when starting a blog. If you really get into driving traffic too, there’s A LOT to learn and it’s a really valuable skill.

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