I’ve read somewhere in a magazine, frequent traveler makes a better person, a better architect. It’s actually true. I’ve started traveling after 2year’s of working. Comparing myself before and after I began to travel frequently, I could say it’s a huge different. Besides learning more about other places, I became more confident of myself. Traveling lets us open our minds to new things and we get to experience life in exiting different ways.
I believe it’s very important to see the world and different cultures. Studies show the more you immerse yourself in foreign cultures, the more likely you are to accept differences in others. It’s true. This trait will go a long way towards helping me tolerate and even enjoy differing opinions among clients, consultants, contractors, and even my design team works.
Traveling also encourages patience. Just think of those long waits at tourist spots and it’s easy to understand why!
Travel is also a great way to brush up on your communication skills, particularly when you’re dealing with a language barrier. In countries where you don’t speak the local language, you will be forced to listen and try to understand another person without making assumptions. Good communication certainly paves the way for better bonds with your project team.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widen our perspective. I believe that education works best through experience. When we visit places in other countries, we gain a better understanding of the people living there. We learn their cultures, history and background. We discover the similarities they have with us, as well as their differences from us. We learn how their lifestyles react to their environment. Pretty buildings and picture in the magazines won’t tell us this. You can easily look to impress your clients with your knowledge of the buildings around you.