One of my fondest memories from growing up was our family trip to California. My parents had recently purchased a fully loaded van with a TV in the back (trust me, this was a big deal in 1989). That summer, my parents loaded the van with VHS family friendly movies, snacks, suitcases and with my two brothers and my sister, we headed out west to California. While on the road we encountered several little hiccups that could have been disasters. For example while driving through the middle of the desert, the A/C went out and our beautiful, comfortable, movie filled van turned into an instant sauna. But that was fixed and we continued on our journey.
Once we made it to California to the waiting arms of my uncle, we were off to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and a ranch in northern California with horses. During that same trip, we also drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco. That drive was so memorable that I have since gone back and made that same drive myself. If you have never driven Highway 1 along the coast of California, it is absolutely stunning.
But my point is, during this trip our family made so many memories that we will never forget and that trip opened my eyes to travel and the importance of being exposed to places and people that were outside of our neighborhood. You don’t have to drive all the way to California on your first trip, but start small with cultural events in surrounding towns in your area or be brave and fly to another state or country for an event like a music festival or wine tasting and submerse yourself into the culturing surroundings of that city or country.
The reason this is important is because unique travel experiences are a great way to strike up a neutral but interesting conversation with colleagues and executives. Sharing your travel experiences can help you discover commonalities and can lead to a positive work relationship. I challenge you to plan a trip and just go! Be sure to take plenty of photos and take a journal so you can write down your experiences. I can’t wait to hear about your trip and how it enhanced your work life!
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