Weekly Digest: September 16, 2016

Hej (hi in Danish)! Here is your weekly dose of my best tips for how to travel the world while you grow your career and make a difference.

Travel the world

You’ve read about how you can travel more, better, and cheaper on all the top travel blogs. But before you explore how to do anything, it’s important to know why. Over the past couple years, I have had the privilege of chatting with some of the top travelers in the world and I explored this question with them: “Why do you travel?” This ongoing list includes several best-selling authors, National Geographic Travelers of the Year, and award-winning travel bloggers – including names like Chris Guillebeau, Rolf Potts, and Brooke Saward. Here is what they told me and here is my answer:

Every trip changes me in some way. Being pushed outside my comfort zone and routine, along with the sensory bombardment of new sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and customs, invigorates my mind and creativity. There’s a warped sense of time and I become uniquely present. I never know what will happen, but I know I will come out a better person and more connected to people, the world, and my true self. The feeling has become addictive.

Grow your career

Continue to learn while you sit in traffic, run errands, walk through airports, and exercise by using the time to listen to audiobooks and podcasts. I have a few favorite podcasts that go deep with incredible guests from diverse backgrounds. These podcasts essentially let you pick the brain of some of the world’s most interesting and successful people, which will give you new ideas and fresh perspectives for your work. My favorite podcasts include the Tim Ferriss Show, James Altucher Show, School of Greatness, and Art of Charm. A few other podcasts that are a different format, but make me feel more informed about the world are Common Sense with Dan Carlin, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Planet Money, and Reply All.

Make a difference

1 in 7 children do not have enough food to live a healthy and active life. I recently learned about the World Food Programme’s Share the Meal mobile app (iOS, Android) and loved the concept. It allows you to make small donations of $0.50 USD to feed a child for a full day with one click. I am considering using it as a small additional cost for eating out. Many of us would not notice it if we added $0.50 to every restaurant bill, but this trivial act can have a huge impact for someone else. Following this approach will also remind you to shift your attention to gratitude during every meal.

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