I’ve just come back from the most amazing journey travelling through Southern Africa. For 12 days we travelled through Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. I was awe inspired at the wildlife, the culture, the languages, the cuisine and the land. But most importantly I was amazed by all the interesting people we met.
I love chit chatting with the local people. Particularly with the young locals who work at the travelodges, hotels, bars and transport services that we used while hustling from location to location.
They are hard-working and are usually a great delight to interact with. They can also give you a real sense of the country, its problems and its promises.
Whenever I would ask, “What are you future goals?” I was surprised at how many had plans of starting their own business.
Some had plans to start a tourist transportation venture, while others wanted to contribute back to the community working with schools and students.
It made me realize – even though I am worlds apart from the people of Southern Africa, we’re really not that different from each other. It was a fascinating trip of adventure and self-discovery that also taught me a lot about entrepreneurship.
In fact, I think travelling is a great way to learn how to succeed as an entrepreneur. It can teach you so much, not only about yourself, but give you fresh perspective and inspiration for your business.
It’s easy to sit in a room and hack away at your startup for 14 hours on end. I know, because I do it. Unfortunately for us, it’s just the reality of our Western culture. North Americans have the least amount of vacation time.
I got into a conversation with a Swiss traveler while in Zambia and she balked at the idea of only having two weeks of vacation.
I’m sure we’re all passionate about what we do and we have huge visions for our dreams and startups, but traveling helps us to prioritize the other important things in life we sometimes forget about.
In a foreign country everything is different: the architecture, food, shops, signs, language, cars. Traveling can be critical in getting your eyes and brain to open up to a world you’ve never seen or known – especially if you’re in a creative field.
If you write, design, draw, create, produce or develop travelling can give you a new and renewed inspiration. I’ve already written an exciting new article about the trip and am also working on an online travelogue.
Traveling is fun, exciting and exhilarating. No matter where you go, there’s always a new adventure and new experiences.
However, there’s a reason why we live where we live, and as much fun as traveling is, there are points throughout where you might catch yourself missing the small luxuries that home provides. It is in that moment we can develop an appreciation for what we have.
Exposure to New Cultures
Exposing yourself to new cultures can open your eyes to new ways of life. It allows you to gain insight into how other people live. You can see their values and share in their customs. My favourite part of traveling is trying out new dishes, learning about the history and meeting new people.
Travelling has helped me be more open to seeing how other people think, how other people communicate and ultimately how other people live. This helps me on my entrepreneurial journey by forcing me to think outside of my own limits, and to have a more worldly mentality.Travelling through Africa taught me that we all want the opportunity to control our own destiny. Click To Tweet
If nothing else – travelling through Southern Africa has taught me this: We all want the opportunity to control our own destiny, we all want freedom, independence, earning power.
We all want to be happy, secure and confident in the lives that we are living, no matter what country we are living in.
To see more of my travels through the Southern parts of Africa, please visit my travel photo diary. Enjoy!