What’s a lengthy plane ride without being lodged in the middle seat next to *insert annoying quality about airline passengers*? Maybe another hotel stay where they forget to stock the room with caffeinated coffee! But nothing stacks up to the joyous feeling of getting lost in unfamiliar countries where you don’t speak the native tongue.
In the words of Saint Augustine, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” I don’t know about you, but I like the thought of reading that book on somebody else’s dime. After all, experiences are what you make of them.
A business trip is a perfect excuse to break out of your shell and begin to explore the world. Cities such as London, China, and Paris have become epicenters of business and entrepreneurship. The cultural experiences they offer entice hundreds of thousands of people who pass through them every day.
While the costs of plane tickets and hotels may seem financially daunting at first, these trips are too often essential for success.
Clients can be met and deals can be struck via telephone correspondence, but a survey by Virgin Atlantic proved that deals are 98 percent more successful when handled face-to-face. When you take the time to personally engage with a client, you gain a better understanding of their needs. Therefore, you become more comfortable with handling their account.
A client’s conference room is not the only place to network while on a business trip. Virgin Atlantic also found that one in five frequent flyers use those lengthy plane rides to scout potential clients. Striking up a conversation with the person next to you is a piece of cake, so long as it’s not a screaming child.
This conversation can be beneficial in more ways than just networking. As you engage with someone, you are welcomed into their world. You have opportunities to see your challenges in new ways and gain insights into better approaches to tackling unforeseen obstacles.
The advice you receive from every conversation can have an impact on your life. It can be the decision between room service or the hole-in-the-wall café with high ratings on Yelp. It can convince you to take a detour before going to the airport to visit local attractions people have been raving about.
It is up to you to find time to expand your horizons and enjoy the experiences before they pass you by.
People are surrounded by diverse cultural facets everywhere they go. They understand the importance of cultural revitalization in everyday life. Becoming cultured is an integral part of life, happiness, and professional success.