Fresh off the Red Eye from San Diego and fueled by coffee and adrenaline, I decided to pop open my laptop and crank out a fresh blog post about the benefits of travel.
I’ve traveled very little over the past 6 years. During this time, I was mostly ensconced in the bubble of Brooklyn, Long Island, and Manhattan. As you might imagine, this could occasionally get stressful and overstimulating.
But, over the past month I traveled to two separate destinations. First to Israel and then San Diego, California. Both were enjoyable and enlightening experiences and I’m proud to say that I booked both trips on a spontaneous whim (something I don’t normally do).
While abroad, it was a bit of a culture shock to encounter people who actually smile, say hello, and make room for you to pass. Not going to lie, I was a little creeped out and uncomfortable with all the friendliness at first. Instinctively, I’d brace myself for what I thought was the inevitable solicitation or confrontation. But, after a while, I started to let my guard down and enjoy it.
And see, that’s why travelling is so great. Travelling to a new destination can open your mind to new experiences, new people, and new ideas. And you don’t have to travel very far to reap the benefits. Simply breaking out of your mundane, normal patterns of existence can give you a fresh perspective and a sense of clarity that can help you return to normal life rejuvenated and reinvigorated.
Now, I did not stop working on these trips. Thanks to the digital revolution, I can work from anywhere (as long as there’s Wifi). In fact, many freelancers have opted into the Digital Nomad lifestyle. While I wouldn’t (yet) call myself a digital nomad, I do think it’s appealing and I applaud anyone who has the self-discipline to work remotely while seeing the world.
It’s imperative for a freelancer, entrepreneur, or creative to periodically open themselves up to new experiences and ways of thinking. Sometimes, the only way to get out of a rut is to break out of the usual routine do something different. Travelling can inject a freshness and renewed vitality into your work and into your life. And, for me personally, getting out of my environment (the everyday stressors, the gossip, the #FOMO) is actually very refreshing and effective for eliminating the usual distractions. While some might think travel to be distracting, I found it much easier to focus and work long hours with a clear mind in my fresh surroundings.
So, if you’re a freelancer or anyone who can work from anywhere and you want to broaden your horizons or strengthen your craft, I strongly recommend booking a trip as soon as possible. Opening yourself up to inspiring people and new experiences is a great way to grow beyond the confines of your comfort zone.