When I first gave up my apartment to travel, I was scared my career would take a hit. The hours I'd spend flying on planes and searching for hotels would mean fewer hours to work. But those planes would take me places that would inspire my work, and in those hotels, I'd write things I wouldn't have thought of otherwise. I'd also meet people who would move my career forward in ways I couldn't have imagined. Travel can improve your work if you use it wisely, and the times you think you're spending away from your job may actually turn out to be new work opportunities. "I'm of the opinion that travel gives you not only a chance to gain different perspectives on the world, which you can use to get ideas and new approaches to your work, but travel can also give your mind rest from the daily grind," career coach Sara Young Wang tells Bustle. "And with rest comes 'aha' moments and amazing inspirations. Lin Manuel Miranda got the idea for Hamilton on vacation, and he attributes it to the fact that vacation allowed his brain to rest."
Here are some ways to not only stay productive while you travel but also come back from each excursion a step ahead in your career.