Reasons Why You Need to Travel the World Outside the Web
“Any place you don’t leave is prison.”
Professor Peter Hoberg might be right at some points in this statement. Often, we are too fed up with our routines, be it as freelance web designers or not: wake up, procrastinate a little, procrastinate a little more, work, rest, eat, work again, procrastinate and then take a good night rest.
Don’t take me wrong; a routine is a good way to organize your life. But any routine you don’t leave is prison too, and sometimes, taking a break is all that you need to burst free and soar high.
My point: At times, you have to pack your things, travel the world and get the heck out of anywhere you are right now.
Today, we will be talking about traveling. In this article, I will enlighten you with the following:
- How traveling can help you become a better web designer
- Travel tips to make your vacation unforgettable
- Some great places to add to your list
Travel to Become a Better Designer
Although there is no direct correlation between traveling and becoming a better web designer, going to places can teach you a few important lessons about your chosen career path:
You get your dose of international experience
One of the many queer but amazing things in web design is that it encompasses location, race, culture and even language. Because the Internet covers the whole world, basically, your clientele come from different parts of the world. That’s just how traveling is.
When you get to different places:
- You get to have a peek at the culture of the place you have visited.
- You get an idea at how people speak in context, what offends them and what makes them blush (yes, you have to make your clients blush at times, it’s a part of persuading them to hire you).
Let’s take this example: you have a new client from Brazil. He wants you create a website that targets Brazilians. Of course, you can do research on that but nothing beats first-hand experience. If you happen to have set foot in Brazil, then you’ll have a great head start with the project.
Talking won’t be a problem anymore
Face the truth: interacting with your clients can sometimes be worse than trying to talk Godzilla out of attacking your city. But talking to clients is a must-do because you both need to know and understand what the project is about and where it’s heading.
What you will learn when you travel is that you can’t enjoy your stay if you don’t start talking. Traveling is visiting a place, alright- but it’s also visiting people, talking to them and getting to know them.
Travelling often can make your people skills skyrocket. You becomes better at understanding people. By talking to the locals, you will be aware of how they say things and be able to connect with them. Now, this can help you in the future when you start dealing with clients.
You become a more curious and creative person
When you travel, you step foot on a place unfamiliar to you. That is when you begin to explore, and be creative at things you do.
You try out new things, take risks and turn out to be happier at the end of every vacation.
Now, what does this have to do with web design?
Curiosity and creativity are two things you need to have if you want to make it big in web design. Traveling can give you these things in the most natural way possible. You have to be curious of what’s happening around you. A fully functional mind is the one that asks. As a web designer, you have to possess immense curiosity about your field. You need to ask yourself questions like:
- How does this jQuery plugin work?
- How did this web designer do this?
- What are the latest trends around me?
These questions will help you learn more. In an industry that evolves on a daily basis, learning fast and being curious about what changes is surely an ace you can drop any time of the day.
You also need to be creative. Of course, this is a giveaway. Web design is anchored in art and there will never be art without creativity.
Your travel experiences can teach you to be more creative. You will be sharpening your mind in thinking more and asking yourself, “What if I did this?” This question will make you want to try more things and end up learning the results. In the future, you’ll surely know how things work.
You will be able to deal with discomfort
Traveling can be uncomfortable at times. Sometimes, you get short of budget or delayed on a flight. There are times that you also get uncomfortable being alone, or feel out of place in your hotel room. But these are all part of the fun that you are going to enjoy.
When you’re traveling, a little discomfort won’t kill your vibe because you know that there is so much fun to miss just because you felt uncomfortable. This can pretty much reflect web design. Sometimes there are small roadblocks that go on your way: bad clients, no projects little earning or design blocks.
But everything is all part of the fun that you are going to have and if you stop now, where will you be when the fun starts?
You will be more organized
Organization plays a great part in being a traveler. You have to organize everything from the budget to packing your clothes. Otherwise, your getaway might turn into a series of finding things you lost and ending up staying in your lonely hotel room all night.
What does this have to do with web design?
The answer? A lot. Organization is very crucial to a web designer.
In your projects, you have to face issues with organizing your time, your projects, your money and most of all, your ideas. You also will have to organize your template folders, your UI kits, your mock-ups and of course, your code. We all know how important these concerns are. Else, your design career will end up in a series of scrambling for bugs in immense lines of overly confusing codes.
Tips to Make Your Vacation Unforgettable
Leave your worries at home
You’ll never enjoy your vacation if you keep on thinking about something that you forgot to do. That is why before you go on flying on a jetplane, you need to get things done before you leave. No loose ends.
Roll your clothes so that they can save luggage space. Also, don’t waste money and effort in bringing things you don’t need. Remember the minimalist principle: Take only what is essential.
Talk to people and try new things out
Be creative, curious and adventurous. Don’t let this getaway pass without trying the fun things. Else, you’ll bring home the thing they call i-should-have-tried-that souvenir.
Try to be with the locals. Interact with people in the place and get to understand their ways and their culture. Remember that it’s cheaper to have a friend tour you in the city rather than a tour guide.
Travel alone, if you can
I would gladly recommend this. Travel alone, you guys. You can have the best experience when you travel alone. Yes, the downside is you have no one to talk to. But that is also the best part of it. Because you are alone, you will surely look for new companions, and better companions.
Take pictures, write journals
Places You May Start Visiting
Upon reading this article, you may have thought of packing your things and exploring the world. But the question is, where will you start? There are a few places here that are not often mentioned when must-go-to’s are talked about but they are equally jaw-dropping scenes. Try starting in one of these destinations and you’ll see why they are included here:
Travelling is one way to temporarily escape your life and live a more fun one. Remember that all work and no play makes jack a dull boy, and all work and no travel will make you a duller designer.
You don’t want to be that guy. So pack your things and scoot!