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How travel changes your personality and can make you a better leader

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Packing my bags and stuffing my garbs into a backpack is one of my favorite things to do. Be it for fun or for work, traveling has always been on top of my radar. Those who know my story might understand how my work has made me passionate about traveling. I can simply say that my love for traveling is almost like a blessing for me. I started traveling for work, and now it has become a part of my regime. To keep it short, what started as a professional gig has now turned into a soulful experience.

How travel changes your personality and can make you a better leader
Image: Madhulika Mehta

As they say, first things first! My journey of improving as a person started due to my work and this work has made me travel. I started traveling for work and that is when I discovered my love for traveling and exploring new territories. Well, here is the twirly part. I got the idea of getting into the cloth industry while en route to Jodhpur. My work soothes my creative hunger whereas traveling has become an appetite for the soul. I can’t really picture a moment of defiance, but I can precisely say, “One passion led to the discovery of the other.”

Amid the tiring routines and stress, traveling across the terrains gives me the realization that life is beautiful. We just need the right sort of perspective to appreciate that. It not only adds up to your fun and adventure quotient but also makes you grow as a person. The more you travel, the better and more aware you become. Outlining the wonders that traveling does for me, grooming, awareness, inspiration, knowledge, more relaxed yet focused, and better vision of my goals are a few from my endless list.

It not only increases the aspects of my personality’s circumference but also makes me a better professional. More and more of traveling adds better insight to my perspective. I travel, observe, learn, and catch up to local influences. New regions, new markets, new trends, and new people help in expanding your perspective. You tend to move out of your little box and really get ready to let the surrounding overwhelm you. As you swift around, you keep learning and exploring.

Image: Madhulika Mehta

This influence is what reflects in my label. It has all sort of hues mixed together in a palette and spun together to add a meaning to your appearance. The drapes, the cuts, and the stitches do not go around meaninglessly. They all have their sources enrooted in my memories as well as the knowledge of cultures and regions I have explored so far. Being a designer, I get to deal with a lot of women, and this makes me sensitive to the subject of empowering women for real and not just rhetorically.

I know to some it might sound a cliché as many would think that I am being a moral lecturer because of being able to achieve my dreams. In contrary to that, I am able to understand this because I, as a woman, have had my share of struggle in achieving my dreams. I am blessed with a very supportive and understanding family. This makes me extra sensitive to the fact that not every girl gets the opportunity to conquer her dreams. I meet a lot of middle-aged women travelers who are living their dreams while managing their families. Their sense of balance and approach towards their lives motivates me to carry on. They have their families, and yet they did not give up on their ambitions. Considering the male dominant society we live in, going out to chase your dreams and being able to make time for self is an achievement in itself. Kudos! To the supportive husbands and in-laws, they really set some high standards for others.

If people having families can manage to hit the roads and explore, I think all young people can surely do it. I have traveled with a group, and I have traveled alone. I have had budget holidays, and I have had luxury ones too. I have traveled as per plans, and I have not missed out on random jump-ups to the airports as well. I made every bit of it to the best of what I could. Fancy hotels, budget stays, and even hostels, I have tried it all. And, I can swear on my words, every experience was completely worth it. It made me a better entrepreneur, expanded my horizon of creativity, gave me a clear vision to achieve my goals, made me more alert and attentive, taught me to survive and respect the available resources. My list of improvements keeps going on and it keeps expanding with every new voyage.

I can keep talking about my travel experiences endlessly, but I should move towards the conclusion with a small memory of my recent and most memorable trip. That’s a story in itself. I always wanted to travel to some different country alone, I know that it might not make sense to many but fantasies can’t be logical and thought out. My long-term craving was pacified when I traveled to Bali this year. All alone, unplanned, and completely random. Yes, you read it right! I went to a different country all alone and without a plan. I booked my tickets a day in advance and landed there without any bookings or a fixed itinerary.

To calm your curiosity about the trip, I can only say that it was the best trip ever. Every moment was as crazy and as wild as the idea sounded at first place. From that specific experience, I would say that traveling alone is worth a try. I am not at all trying to tell you to be careless and put your safety at stake. I am only suggesting you to be carefree and fly like a free bird.

I have always been a person who has believed in living for my ambitions and traveling only adds up to my desire to achieve more. Therefore, my closure could say nothing else but this: go pack your bags and hit the roads. Be voracious to mark you triumph on the unexplored territories.

Bon Voyage!

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