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7 quick tips for travelling abroad

If it’s your first time jetting away, the concept of a holiday could be a daunting one. Don’t panic! Here are seven essential tips for you to make the most out of your travels and keep it as stress free as possible.

Keep an eye on your belongings

It goes without saying that you’ll need to be watching your luggage and personal belongings wherever you are. Check that your accommodation has a safe or an equivalent facility to keep your valuables protected when you aren’t using them. Be sure to not leave any bags or items anywhere as it’s probably not going to be easy to get them back, especially with issues of communication. Also, don’t be tempted to quickly leave your phone or tablet unattended in public – it’s one of the things you wouldn’t be covered for if it got stolen, as it could have easily been prevented!

Stay healthy

Although you shouldn’t be afraid to treat yourself on your travels, be aware of keeping a balanced diet that won’t throw you off track. Be sure to indulge in the local cuisine, but be mindful of not overdoing it! Fruit and vegetables shouldn’t be skipped, and nor should drinking water frequently. You’re going to want to stay hydrated, especially if your destination is an extremely hot one. Being healthy doesn’t stop there, either – bring some medication and necessary toiletries such as sun cream and insect repellent to stay feeling good on your holiday. Continue reading 7 quick tips for travelling abroad

8 priorities that shape your career decision

My decision to leave L&T was reactive. While I evaluated the opportunity using some criteria, the move itself wasn’t planned. As overwhelming as career planning is, it is important get started. Start with a long-term vision, break it down to define short-term milestones, and then come up with an action plan. I did this exercise with my entire team and it was all worth the effort – everyone had found enough challenges and was working towards a personal goal. It also lead to 0 attrition. Action items will usually be along the lines of enhancing your toolkit, business acumen and people skills. It could also mean updating your resume. And it could well demand getting out of your comfort zone to meet those goals.

I feel associating ranks to one’s priorities and analyzing quantitatively really helps trade-off between opportunity cost and risk. I’ve used it not only with job offers, but also when looking at houses, and funny enough, my life partner. Remember, everyone has different needs and priorities. The list below is how I look at choices – not necessarily in that order. You might need to tweak it for yourself – download or view the spreadsheet online.

1. Opportunity & Toolkit

  • Enhances your toolkit?
  • Offers challenges, opportunities to learn?
  • Novelty*? A new domain / technology / vertical / market
  • Gives access to good mentors & a network?
  • Opens new avenues in the future**?
  • Offers better title***? Consider position in the organization hierarchy, competition
  • Offers a better role? Influence v/s Authority, Leadership
    * Novelty alone shouldn’t be a driver
    ** Don’t overrate future prospects when starting your career
    *** Opt for a rationalized, industry-wide title

2. Goals & PassionSource: runnersgoal.com

  • Makes best use of your passion?
  • Gets you a step closer to a future goal?
  • Aligns with personal interests – wealth, network, travel?
  • Gives a meaning, purpose to your life?

3. Risks

  • Leaving your comfort zone?
  • Chances of failing in the new role?
  • Relocating to a new country/city?
  • Could this be short-term? Changing jobs too often?
  • Employment contract? Notice period?
  • Is your gut sounding an alarm?
    * Answering No means low risk, high score
    ** Taking no action also has its own risk

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