I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel extensively, all over the World, throughout the past 15 years. Sometimes for work, sometimes for study and sometimes for personal joy but every experience was a chance to learn & grow.
In September 2011, I embarked on what would become my greatest journey …or so I thought. For one year I would travel alone through, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and then Costa Rica.
One year went by in a blink of an eye and now I am into my 5th year! Travelling became such a part of who I am that I sold my businesses, my home and donated most of my belongings so that I could continue to travel. I have grown so much as a person, as a student and as a teacher in many different modalities.
Since 2011, I have traveled solo to 36 Countries and 6 Continents and have lived in three Countries. Mostly splitting my time between Central America and South East Asia.
I put travel in the Education section because I strongly believe that travel is the best education.
It has given me the ability to adapt to new environments, confidence to make decisions in risky situations and improve my ability to take on new projects. It has helped me understand people from other cultures and given me the gift of understanding my own strengths and weaknesses. Through travel I have become more confident, more independent and more assertive.
During my travels, I made Costa Rica my home base for a couple years, which afforded me the experience of being surrounded with a new language. Although I am not fluent in Spanish I did take classes and immersed myself amongst the locals. I continue to learn the language when I can.
Just as with any Country that I am traveling in, especially for months at a time, I am always learning the basics. So although I am not a Master in any other languages yet, over the years I have learned the basics to communicate in many Countries. Over the past year I have spent a lot of time in Bali and am slowly learning Bahasa Indonesian. I know enough to have a basic conversation at this time.
I believe that broadening my international experiences will give me that extra edge I need in this global society.
During the last four+ years of traveling I have not only immersed myself in other cultures, I have continued to expand my education. In 2015 alone, I completed the Marie Forleo Business School online, became a Certified Zumba Instructor and a Hoopyogini Instructor. I have gone to several retreats/seminars on Health and Wellness.
In September of 2014, in Sanur, Bali, I attended a 30-day retreat/course called Heal Thyself held by top Health Expert Tyler Tolman. During the 30 days I completed a course in Health and Wellness, in addition to completing a 21 day fast that consisted of 7 days on fresh juice and 14 days of just water. The last week was spent taking a raw food preparation course. During this process I learned so much about the healing process of the body and how strong I really am.
In my first solo trip to Bali in 2011, I became a Certified Level 1 Reiki Instructor and attended several retreats throughout South East Asia learning new yoga and meditation techniques,
Over the last four+ years of travel, I have researched, wrote articles and stayed at a variety of different places and in different Countries. From well known Luxury Resorts to small boutique hotels, to renting private villas and apartments. In doing so, I have picked up on many tips and tricks in the travel industry and have thought many times of starting my own online travel site as I am an entrepreneur at heart with a passion for the hospitality, spa/wellness and travel industry.
I am a very driven person and I am always learning and growing. In exchange, I am always inspiring change & teaching others and doing my own part to change the World for the better.
Hmmmm, what else has my travel experience has given me you ask?
I have been become an amazing active listener while abroad. This has given me the ability to learn and pick up at least 20 or 30 words in every country I go to visit,
I have gained economic and geographic knowledge of the world that I probably would not have had I not become a traveller. I am also more aware of the political and social forces that make up this great planet we all live in.
I have learned how to cope and adapt to new situations and new environments. Like a Boss!
My internet research skills are second to none. Ask me to find you an address of a restaurant in Bali, or book you an amazingly affordable accommodation in Spain and I am on it.
I already had a strong business background, people & leadership skills before travelling but
Writing and analytical skills. Demonstrate these skills outside of course work by participating in a research project, writing a brochure, publishing an article in a magazine, or writing for a website.
Computer skills. Acquire strong word processing skills (can you produce a table of contents, section breaks, footnotes, or use styles?); be comfortable using spreadsheets (can you produce a budget or sort a table of data?); be familiar with databases (can you explain the difference between a flat file and a relational database?); try to develop exceptional Internet research skills (can you find the phone number of a cheap Paris hotel in five minutes? What about the CIA country profile for Bhutan?).
Business skills. The most sought-after employees are those with multidisciplinary backgrounds, especially business backgrounds that include strong people skills. Employers seek scientists who can understand market research, engineers who can manage research teams and help commercialize products, and political scientists who can work in trade promotion. There is a need to assess the business aspect of almost every field, such as strategic planning, financial management, and systems analysis.
Other management skills. These include project management, accounting, training, research, report writing, evaluating.
Organizing, people, and leadership skills. Demonstrate these through work and volunteer experience, preferably with an international group, organizing an event, or as an executive member of a committee.
Intercultural communications abilities. Demonstrate these by being conversant in describing patterns of behavior in cross-cultural work and social environments. Learn to professionally describe these real-life experiences.
Coping and adapting abilities. Demonstrate these with examples of how you coped when living away from your support structure of family and friends.