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Why Learning A Skill Abroad Is Better Than Learning At Home

Learning can be done anywhere. 

With an app like Udemy, I can learn to make mobile apps on my commute home. 

I can get vocal lessons, from YouTube, in my bedroom at home. 

Since I can learn anywhere, why not go somewhere? 

Taking your skill development on the road can have a huge impact on how quickly you pick up a skill. 

If you don’t have the ability to travel then by all means, practice and progress wherever you can. 

But if you have the option to get away, you’ll find a whole new level of progression abroad. 

Skill Focused Travel is the fastest means to mastery.

Less Distractions

Ever feel like you want to do more stuff but never have the time? 

You’ve built up a lot of responsibilities and inefficiencies at home. 

You likely can’t even tell the difference between the two. 

I often lose sight of what must be done vs what could be done vs what need not be done. 

The build up of distractions keeps me from getting to the things I want to do most. 

“I’d love to get in some practice on a new language I’m learning but I have to cut the grass, clean out my car, prep for that party I’m going to, etc.” 

Life always seems to get in the way of living. 

The distractions at home are rooted in habit and can be very hard to break. 

When I go abroad, I shed most of these distractions and bad habits. 

Breaking bad habits is huge. 

Part of learning new skills is having the discipline to pursue them regularly. 

Changing things up in a big way helps maintain that discipline. 

It cleanses my daily routine. 

I can restructure my day to better serve me. 

I’m more free to do the things I most want to do. 

While spending an hour each day learning to color grade photos gets put off at home, on a trip, it’s nothing to set aside the time for it.

Learning skills abroad is cheaper.

I just signed up for a cooking class in my home town. 

For two people, a three hour class was $168. Ouch

In Thailand, my half day cooking class was $30. 

Say I wanted to spend a month practicing my Thai cooking skills. 

Renting an apartment back home with a decent kitchen might cost me $1400 per month plus utilities.

An apartment in Chiang Mai goes for $400 flat. 

Groceries are much cheaper too. 

A month learning to cook Thai food in the states would cost in the ballpark of $3000+. 

A month learning in Thailand? 

$600. 

Learning to cook Thai food in Thailand just makes sense. 

If I’m surrounded by Thai restaurants, I can compare my creations to the culinary works in the area.

They’re going to be better references for progress than the Thai food stall at my mall.

There’s A CONCENTRATION Of talent To Leverage.

After a single day on the mountains there, my snowboarding skills made a quantum leap.

I like going to a fun little ski mountain an hour from my house. 

The runs are short and the mountain gets crowded, but it’s accessible. 

I tried to learn snowboarding there years ago.  

I was slow to progress. 

Then, I went to New Hampshire. 

The mountains in New Hampshire are a lot bigger. 

The people working on the mountain have been skiing and snowboarding their whole lives. 

After a single day on the mountains there, my snowboarding skills made a quantum leap. 

In the ski towns of New Hampshire, skiing is life. 

Back home it’s just another thing to do on a weekend. 

By being around such talented snowboarders and learning from them, I  progressed much faster than at my home mountain. 

Going where talent is concentrated allows you to leverage that talent for your own progression. 

Want to learn how to be a digital nomad? 

The best place to learn is somewhere like a co-working space in Bali. 

People at your cubicle farm in Iowa won’t provide the same amount of help. 

The people in Bali also won’t mock you when you tell them what you’re after.

There’s less people around to see you fail.

Sometimes it can be difficult to put ourselves out there.  

Learning a new skill can be intimidating. 

We worry what other people might think of us when we stumble. 

We fear our friend’s and family’s criticism. 

When travelling abroad, you’re putting distance between you and all that.

The stakes are low

I’m a different person in a room full of strangers. 

I’m more willing to experiment. 

I’ll try things beyond my comfort zone. 

The stakes are low if I make a fool of myself. 

I’ll probably never see these people again.

Travel benefits included

Most skills aren’t going to be a 24/7 process. 

Most skills won’t take more than an hour or two each day. 

The rest of your time abroad can be spent reaping the rewards travel. 

I spent my free time making friends, trying new restaurants, and cruising the island while learning to surf in Bali. 

I couldn’t physically manage more than a few hours a day in the water. 

I had plenty of time to enjoy the other exciting parts of Bali. 

Skill focused travel is about rapid skill development, but it’s done in an environment that’s way more stimulating. 

Getting to explore new places and take daily adventures is the best reason for learning new skills abroad.

People are going to find you more interesting.

Learning yoga is cool. 

Learning yoga in the Ganges River Valley of India is way freaking cooler! 

Mastering new skills abroad makes the experience more interesting. 

Not just to you, but to other people. 

After buying a motorbike and riding it across Vietnam, people came out of the wood work to ask me about my experience. 

I have lots of friends with their motorcycle license back home. 

I’ve never seen anyone pull up a chair to ask them how they got their license. 

Travelling breeds stories that captures people’s attention. 

Pursuing a new skill abroad is the makings of an adventure in itself. 

Skill focused travel has so many benefits over learning skills at home.

 

It’s all just a matter of planning it out and going after it. 

There are better ways to learn. 

They’re cheaper. 

They’re more Exciting. 

You’ll progress faster.

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