Hopping from country to country on a never-ending adventure is a millennial and Generation Z thing. In the digital world, you don’t have to stay in one place to make a living. And for many people, the dream of working from places like Thailand or Sri Lanka is an everyday reality.

Travel allows you to create bonds with others, visit some of the most Remarkable architectural marvels of each country and enjoy the beautiful weather far from the grey and cold of much of the Northern Hemisphere.

It’s time to combine wonderful adventures with skill development.  

But it’s not only about adventure. You can learn new skills while on the road and become a well-rounded cosmopolite. The knowledge you absorb in each place will serve you well, even if at some point you decide to come back to a “normal life Read on and discover skills that will enable you to communicate, have fun and maybe even crush someone at Texas Hold ‘em.

 1. Mastering New Languages 

You probably heard that when you visit a new country initially, the first things you need to learn is how to say “hello,” “please” and “thank you.” These simple phrases will get you through the toughest situations and elicit smiles on the faces of the locals. But how about going beyond basic courtesies and immersing yourself in a new language?

The local lingo is deeply connected with the culture of each region. So, knowing it will enable you to experience it more fully and perhaps even develop a new way of looking at the world. Start with the Romance languages like Spanish or French and go from there. Just download a language learning app, and you’re ready to go. 

 Learning a new language is the number one skill to develop while abroad.   

2. Photography and Video Skills

Taking beautiful images and recording videos is a way to capture memories from your journey. 

You can keep them for you and your friends, but in today’s world, images and videos are a type of social currency as well. You can use them to grow your social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or YouTube.    Murad Osmann, a little-known, Russian travel photographer became an Instagram superstar and now has over 4.2 million followers.

 That enables him to get free accommodations in the world’s most luxurious hotels (as long as he tags them in his posts).    

3. Traditional Sports

How about Yak racing? Yaks are huge bovine creatures that can weigh up to 1,200 pounds (580 kg), and racing them is hugely popular in Nepal, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. All right, maybe that’s a little bit too much, but it’s still a viable alternative to an American rodeo.   

The crucial thing is to learn the top sport of each country you visit. If you’re in LA, pick up some street basketball. If you’re in an Irish pub, play snooker or darts. But believe me: There are also some weird things out there. These include toe wrestling, underwater hockey or chess boxing. Whatever it is, try it, and you’ll feel like a local in no time.    

4. Playing Card Games Like Poker

  Mastering poker, whether in an online or traditional version, is something that will serve you well in almost any country you visit. Ever been bored on a slow train in some exotic country?  

 If you’re with friends, you can play a few hands of Texas Hold ‘em and see the time fly while on the road (and maybe even earn some money). The great thing is that you don’t need a book or a professional course to start playing. The basic knowledge about poker is readily available online. 

You’ll soon discover that the game is a part of a broader lifestyle routine for many travellers.   You can even read about “poker nomads” who make a living travelling from one tournament to the next or supplying their budget with online wins. The top spots for the international poker community seem to be Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand. 

What if you learned to earn money from a place like this

5. Learning a Creative Hobby and Creating a Profitable Side Hustle

 Who said that you only must spend money while travelling? Paradoxically, your “leisure time” spent on the road can serve as a fuel for your creative endeavours and fill your pockets with cash. 

There are already many travel bloggers and Instagrammers, and some of them make at least a couple of thousand dollars a month with ads and sponsorships. So, when you travel, you can pick up valuable skills like blogging with Word Press, social media management, affiliate marketing, online advertising and even creating digital products.

Jess a blogger from A Passion and a Passport blog, reportedly made $30K+ from ads in a year with a popular ad platform Mediavine. Think about what you can learn to turn your hobby into cash flow.

6. The Social Etiquette 

There’s nothing better than travel to help you learn the social and cultural norms of each country, with most full-time travellers and digital nomads preferring laid-back, flip-flop types of social situations. But if you want to develop as a person, you need to get comfortable with stepping out of your comfort zone

Say, for example, you enter a luxurious casino in places like Vegas, Macau, Monaco, Marina Bay or Monte Carlo. You’ll need to follow a strict dress code. When in doubt, watch a few poker scenes from movies like “Casino Royal” or “Ocean’s Eleven.” You may also get invited to a local wedding ceremony that may be completely new to you. You never know. I once attended an Indian wedding, and it was out of this world.  

7. Body Language and Unique Gestures 

 This one is something you should probably check out before landing in each new country. If you wait too long, you may unwittingly offend the local sensibilities with your coarse gestures and body language. In Asian countries like Japan or South Korea, the locals will bow at you and almost never say “no” to anything. They will say “yes” or “maybe,” and this still means “no,” so learn how to recognize what they mean.  

 While you probably think that a simple “thumbs up” gesture is innocuous  and internationally recognized, this could get you in trouble in countries  like Iran or Iraq where the common gesture is an interpretation of “up  yours.” There are dozens of examples like this, and it’s worth learning them. 

8. Playing a Folk Musical Instrument

If you’re from the U.S. or Europe, you probably heard only about a few musical instruments, such as the guitar, piano or violin. But the truth is there are quite literally dozens of other remarkable instruments that you can discover and learn how to play.

The ukulele, for example, is a fantastic Hawaiian alternative to a guitar. It’s much smaller, easy to learn and it will enable you to liven up the atmosphere wherever you go. 

The more exotic yet still portable instruments to try are the setar (Iran), bansuri (India), ney (Turkey), biwa (Japan) or oud (Middle East). As you can see, it’s possible to develop some serious skills, even if you’re constantly moving around. 

So, it’s critical to make every moment count and learn something new in each country you visit. Doing so will enable you to develop a global perspective and feel at home wherever you are. Pick up one of the skills from this article and start learning today! 

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