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Does Travelling help in generating ideas and experiential learning?

Travelling means the activity of making journeys. No matter how much one hates travelling, each journey makes a separate memory in their lives.

Experiential learning is a process of learning through experience and more specifically, learning through reflection on doing. Hands on learning is also a form of experiential learning which need not involve reflection.

Pointers for supporting the statement –

- Decision-making skills of a person are honed, as one always has to take decisions ranging from less importance (such as ‘should we pack two extra pair of socks?’) to those with high importance (such as ‘at what time one should leave home, to reach the bus/railway station or airport’).

- During hectic and challenging travels, one learns crisis management the hard way. You are faced by challenging situations and you strategize how to come out of those situations.

- You gain new perspective by interacting with people from different backgrounds, environments, viewpoints, beliefs, etc. Your outlook towards lives changes.

- You become modest by understanding how little you know about anything and this makes you open minded and welcoming to new perspectives in both personal and professional life.

- It improves your communication skills as you are always interacting with someone during your travel. Sometimes, you become engrossed in their stories and share yours with them, which also helps in improving creativity and generating new ideas. It also improves your listening skills

- You might as well learn new language or at least some words of native language of the place you are visiting.

- Travelling, most importantly relaxes you, which helps in bringing freshness to your hectic and busy life. At the same time, it helps one understand him/herself and their potential.

Pointers for against the statement –

- Travelling involves a lot of time, money and energy, not-to-mention the amount of backlog that would be generated in one’s absence from work.

- There are other alternatives such as outbound activities, etc., which could be done to determine one’s potential.

- Safety and security issues are always there associated with travelling to unknown places.

- Experiential learning can also happen while working on small projects, where one learns with hands-on experience.

- Most of the time, travelling leaves the person exhausted with craving to go back home, thus, distracting them from any learning possible.

- Travelling to repetitive places will not lead to any new learning.

- A question. Are those who do not travel not creative?


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