For most entrepreneurs, they believe that traveling around the globe, while amazing, is actually a step away from their business goals.
After all, they are supposed to be true entrepreneurs—people who are so dedicated to their business goals that they are willing to spend all their waking hours thinking about it.
That’s why many entrepreneurs think that vacations or world travel are nice but not necessities. When they become successful, then they’ll take a break.
However, I’m here to tell you that traveling around the globe is actually beneficial for entrepreneurs. It will help you to be more successful in your business, rather than just being another distraction.
Don’t believe me? I’ll show you the five ways that entrepreneurs in any industry can benefit from traveling around the globe.
#1 Get your creative juices flowing
One of the biggest benefits of traveling around the globe is that you often need a lot of creativity in order to do it successfully.
Regardless of the length of your travel, you’ll end up facing some problems. In order to find a good solution to these problems, you’ll need to be a bit creative.
For example, imagine you need to get from city A to city B (200 miles away) and your flight’s been cancelled. You need to fly from city B to get back home, or to move on to another big city thousands of miles away.
What do you do? Oh, and you need to get there tonight.
Whatever your solution is, you’ll come up with one, and you’ll feel a sense of relief and achievement when you’re sitting on your flight to the next big destination.
Oh, and by the way, creativity is the most important skill a successful CEO needs to have, so traveling will be useful for that.
#2 Be more positive (and thankful)
Another amazing thing about traveling around the globe is that you begin to be more positive and grateful.
Firstly, you’ll start to appreciate the small stuff, especially when the normal things (like a sitting toilet, indoor shower or warm water for that matter) are nowhere to be found.
Once you find those things, you’ll be much happier and see how great those little things are—and how much you’ve taken them for granted.
Secondly, you’ll also see the kindness of strangers. Around the world, more often than not, you’ll see just how helpful absolute strangers can be. From walking with you all the way back to your hotel, giving you an umbrella, or just offering some warm tea.
There’s no way you can go back to your home without picking up some of that positivity and gratitude, and passing it along.
People are much more willing to work with those people and become loyal and supportive of them.
#3 Build a stronger culture
When you are an entrepreneur, you may be the only one in your current business. But your 1- or 2-year strategy will involve getting partners or employees, meaning you’ll need to develop a strong company culture.
When you travel around the world, you encounter many different types of people. By being exposed to that, you will begin to navigate the different ways that people think and work.
This will help you to motivate your employees, relieve tensions and create a strong sense of community.
Add that to the positivity and gratitude from above, and you’ll be a very successful leader.
#4 Get inspired
Another formidable aspect of traveling around the globe for entrepreneurs is that you’ll probably find a lot of inspiration abroad.
You see, when you get out of your comfort zone, you also get out of your problem zone and you change perspectives.
Your problems before are now different, and you begin to see the problems—and solutions—of other cultures.
These can help inspire you to use the same or similar problem-solving skills and apply them back home, seeing as you are now removed from those problems. Your perspective changes and you see the problem from new angles.
Apply that back home and you can definitely boost your business.
Lastly, the classic argument is still one of the best arguments. You are a human being, and you cannot ignore the fact that you shouldn’t overwork yourself.
Working too much is one of the main reasons for burnout, and one of the biggest factors to inefficiency and unproductive work.
If you work too much, you won’t give enough time for your brain to rest and refresh. With a stale mind, you’ll lose your productivity and get more frustrated with yourself.
More frustration, decreased efficiency, lower productivity, which all leads to more frustration, which is a never-ending cycle.
When you come back from your trip, you’ll feel much more energized and ready to tackle the problems with a fresh mind.
These are the top 5 and most important benefits for entrepreneurs traveling around the globe. If you apply them correctly, you’ll see all the amazing ways you and your business can benefit.