The benefits of travelling

Simply put, travelling is awesome. But while you’re having the time of your life your overseas experiences are moulding you into what I believe to be a stronger, more rounder, global, smarter individual. I have put together a list of 10 points of why extensive travel is an important part of self-development. 

  1. Openness, appreciation, understanding of other cultures and ways of life.
  2. Second language development.
  3. Decision making.
  4. Crisis aversion and management.
  5. Mental toughness & endurance.
  6. Stress management.
  7. Social / people skills.
  8. General/ global knowledge and insight into different markets.
  9. Thinking time. Clear mind. Remove technology. Think about career / life purposes.
  10.   Network – e.g. peace core members, actors, tech entrepreneurship MBA scholars, oncology nurses, software engineers, neuro surgeons, advertisers, health insurers.

Having left NZ just under 6 months ago  not only have taken 15,000 photos ( Yes I’m a bit trigger happy) over 23 countries but hopefully I have picked up a few of these 10 at least. Looking forward to getting back to NZ over the next few days. Just in time for RWC fever.

Here are a few snaps of my travels.


M.I.T., Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Nefertari’s Temple, Abu Simbel, Egypt.


View from Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille, France.


Eating escargot, Paris, France.


Lauterbrunnen, Swiss Alps, Switzerland.


Oia, Santorini, Greece.


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