Posted: 7 Dec 2017 Got Leave? Take It. Research Proves Travel Makes You Better at Your Job

Contiki have undergone extensive research to gain a better understanding of the impact travel has on young people. The travel brand conducted a research study on a pool of 2,980 respondents from around the world (with an equal number of travellers and non-travellers), uncovering a wealth of statistical insights. The results show the importance travel has in the career progression of young people, with the scientifically proven questions unveiling that global travellers are 7% more likely to think outside the box, 10% more likely to learn new skills and knowledge and 9% more likely to highly value original ideas.  


The leading travel brand which caters exclusively for 18 to 35 year olds, also utilised the findings of social psychologist Adam Galinsky (PhD, Columbia Business School), to give further clarity to their research. Galinsky’s academic studies prove that travel makes young people increasingly open to digesting new information, ultimately enabling travellers to be more creative, think more deeply and complexly - all key traits needed to progress within a working environment. Furthermore, Galinsky states that being open minded also enables you to see yourself in a different and clearer light, with increased self-clarity and a greater appreciation of your place within a global context.


Further Contiki led research results clarify the positive impact travel has on making young South African travellers better at their jobs: 

  • Travellers indicate that travel has helped their ability to problem solve efficiently: 68%
  • Travellers are more likely to learn new skills and knowledge that is important to them: 10%
  • Travellers indicate that travel has helped them learn to adapt and be resourceful in anticipated situations: 71%, versus 61% of non-travellers
  • Travellers are more likely to be satisfied with their employment opportunities: 49%
  • Travellers are more likely to be able to achieve most of the goals that they set for themselves: 15%
  • Travellers are more likely to actively seek out new friendships: 38%

The research shows just how valuable travel is to young people, helping them develop characteristics such as increased ability to problem solve and a stronger ability to achieve goals set. Travelling enables young people to be more creative, network, and develop a wealth of new skills and knowledge. Emotional benefits such as actively seeking out new friendships, being more satisfied with their opportunities and adaptability are also noticed in young people who travel. All of these statistics prove that taking your leave days to travel, will not only give you a well-earned break, it will make you happier and give you skills vital to being better at your job, ultimately aiding career progression.


"Using your leave to travel shouldn't be seen as a negative - by young people or their employers," says Kelly Jackson, General Manager for Contiki. “Because of the unique experiences and cultural highlights Contiki offers travellers, they are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves as individuals, all skills which set them up for future success. Not only does the experience leave them refreshed and ready to tackle the workplace, but it has a real, tangible impact on their performance in their role, which should be embraced, celebrated and encouraged."

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Contiki commissioned Story and Verse and Fan Data Analytics - two third party professional research and insight organisations - to conduct this research. 

Story and Verse enlisted the expertise of Adam Ganlinsky, PhD, Columbia Business School, to advise in the form of an interview about the character attributes that change as a result of travel, as indicated by his own academic research. These include empathetic concern, perspective-taking, generalised trust, interracial connection, open-minded thinking, learning goal orientation and general self-efficacy. 

Fan Data Analytics, using this insight, conducted a survey of a pool of 2,980 18-35 year olds from the United Kingdom (824), United States (514), Canada (513), Australia (520), South Africa (305) and New Zealand (303). The response pool was broken into equal groups of travellers and non-travellers, as defined below: 

  • Travellers: someone who has travelled outside of their home country 
  • Non-travellers: someone who has not travelled outside of their home country 

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from Fan Data Analytics. 

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