Travel develops soft skills for career building with strong attention to detail and organization

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The travel industry is vastly changing with the digital era making booking trips just a click away. With new changes comes new hurdles, and new experiences. Traveling fosters global connections, new relationships, and open-mindedness. Traveling is arguably, one of the best ways to gain real exposure to the world around us. Much can be learned and researched from books and secondary sources, but nothing holds comparison to seeing the real thing in person. Whether someone travels for business or personal reasons, it’s a time to grow and change, learn, and escape the monotony of everyday life routines for just a few hours or days.

Traveling isn’t just taking a family vacation once a year to site see or enjoy the sand in your toes. When consumers think of the word ‘travel’ they often think of something that is an expensive vacation or maybe something that they can’t afford, but travel is so much more. Traveling can just be going on a hike in a nearby region. It can be traveling to a different country if that’s what one decides, but traveling is most importantly, what a person makes it. If someone decides to visit Thailand for the river markets or elephant conservatories, then that is their current definition of ‘traveling.’ But such a term, evolves each day for each one of us depending on where we go, how long we will be there, and what we will do when we arrive. It is important to maintain efficiency for a successful trip.

Before an individual decides to travel, they may first begin the planning stages of where to go. The planning stage is where all the creativity comes to fruition. It also can seem like a long process because there are so many things that go into planning a trip. One of the first things is deciding if a trip with be domestic or foreign. Understanding that foreign travel requires extra planning is important. For example, the first thing is making sure that one owns a passport. The next the duration of the stay in a foreign country as certain lengths of stay require a visa. For example, a U.S. citizen wanting to travel outside the states may need to book a Netherlands Schengen visa appointment in London. The next is figuring out currency exchange rates between countries. It’s wise to order foreign currency in cash or coins before arriving in the new country because some places don’t have banks that will bank internationally, or the ATM fees may charge an international fee on top of a currency exchange fee. This issue can be resolved by calling an individual’s own bank and asking questions about their international banking policies.

Another cost that should be immediately added to a travel budget should be transportation to their and upon arrival. Some may choose to drive, if it’s their own car, gas would be the only cost. However, if the location is a plane ride away, booking tickets in advance can help cut down the cost. The longer one waits can cause ticket costs to inflate. Depending on the flight duration and time of year that is traveled, ticket costs will vary. To lower the cost of flights, some alternate dates may work as well as getting flights with a layover. Layovers are sometimes deemed as a negative thing to travelers, but if one is looking to keep a lower budget it can be a great time to read a good book or explore a new airport. Transportation upon arrival is equally important especially if one chooses to rent a car. Varying rental car services have different policies on renting in regard to insurance and the age allowed to rent. It’s good to do thorough research on all these subjects to eliminate unwanted wait times and increase efficiency.

A crucial point in travel planning is deciding where to stay upon arrival. Now there are more options than ever before, especially with Airbnb. Hotels and staying with friends and family used to limit the locations travelers had to choose from. Airbnb is a great option because travelers can rent out an entire house or apartment. Some people even choose to rent out their houseboats. It is wise for a traveler to conduct their own research on places to stay to find one that fits within their budget and also works for their travel needs during their stay.

Traveling should be fun. It’s important to have a plan upon arrival and be flexible with itineraries as things and events are always changing. Travelers should keep an open mind with on their stay as well as learn some about the new place. Conversing with locals is an excellent way to learn more about a place than what information is given online and in rest area pamphlets. One of the best parts of traveling is learning about local dishes and finding some of the best restaurants or local breweries. Even if it’s a business stay, it’s important that travelers squeeze in at least one fun event.

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