Work Experience Questions Answered

Part 2: Travel, Inspirational Quotes and Employability:

Be it on a Gap Year or a family holiday, travel is one of the best ways of boosting employability in today’s globally connected world. Here are some crazy good inspirational quotes about travel that really showcase what crossing borders can do for you.

Part 1 last week (haven’t read it yet, click here) took us through a fantastic range of employability skills that an be boosted by travelling. Today, we take a look at some of the remaining skills you can grow while having an amazing time in distant lands…



“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter

There will always be times when travelling where someone needs to step up and take control of a situation. Maybe you missed a bus and you’ll need to find somewhere to stay, or someone misplaces their wallet and begins to panic, travelling leads to an abundance of scenarios that demonstrate leadership skills.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Be a thought leader, and bring back anecdotes that will inspire others to follow in your footsteps – yet another way to demonstrate leadership.


Problem Solving:

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsc

The course of the workplace doesn’t always run smoothly and the ability to demonstrate your capacity to react to situations and issues that arise is vital and another much sought after employability skill.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Half of the anecdotes you will find yourself telling upon returning from an epic adventure are those where things did not go quite to plan. Travelling pushes you to react quickly to situations, be it bartering over the price of a tour to re planning a route because the train left without you – it gives you plenty of opportunity to demonstrate you are a problem solver.


Positive Attitude:

“No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson

Chuck Thompson was clearly a glass half full sort of guy, and we are inclined to agree with him. Even making the decision in the first place to leave the comfort of home takes a good dose of positive spirit and a sense of adventure, both fantastic attributes and brilliant things to have evidence of.

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman

Stuck in a monsoon… being bitten by mosquitos… camera broken… there are bound to be a few things that could bring you down on your adventure, but demonstrate your ability to beat the tough who get going when the going gets tough. Dance in the monsoon, get some ‘mozzy repellent’ and draw pictures until you can get a new camera. Your attitude will be fantastically contagious, and, importantly, HR will love it.


So, what’s the verdict?

Be it a gap year, or a holiday, it is clear that travel is one of the best ways out there of boosting your skills and creating opportunities for you to demonstrate the skills you already have in the bank. So, how better to conclude this post that with a few, final inspirational quotes quotes:


“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” – Matthew Karsten