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This article is sponsored by AXA, a multinational insurance firm. They are about to give one lucky person an all expenses paid trip of a lifetime, so be sure to head over to www.greatglobaladventure.com to play the game and share your perfect trip to be in the running. 

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about exotic holidays when you probably should be working hard? Don’t worry, us too.

If it helps to justify your travelling urges, going global actually supercharges your career, giving you awareness of global differences both socially and economically. It teaches you how to adapt to new situations, and navigate your way easily from one culture to another. When working for an international company, having a global mindset is key.

The only thing standing between you and your dream getaway is… oh, only reality. You know – time restrictions, budgets and a lengthy list of other real life commitments. We’ve worked out that when it comes to thinking about exploring outside the office, you must think a little outside the square too.

Just take a look at Will Moore. He is the first winner of the Great Global Adventure by AXA, a competition with a prize that offers an 8 month trip around the world as well as two internships in two global locations and a voluntary experience. He’s on a mission to attain a global mindset to further his career, so what has he learnt from his incredible travels so far?

 

“I have repeatedly found that if you have an open mind and meet new people with humility and a genuine interest in their lifestyle you will reap great rewards. I have been treated with great kindness by strangers and they have left a lasting impression upon me. I will never forget the skill of the elderly gentleman who guided my bamboo raft down the Li River in China, or sharing stories with Namjilmaa, a Mongolian nomad over a cup of tea in her Ger Camp. It’s been a real privilege to have had the chance to witness their lives.”

Whether you’re interested in seeing the last of the seven ancient wonders of the world, want to visit the largest city in the world, view the greatest engineering feats or get up close and personal with some dramatic natural spectacles, you CAN do it all…  in the name your career!

 

Will is proof – he has had his fair share of incredible experiences as a result of his global wandering, including hiking the Great Wall of China, travelling on the Trans-Siberian railway and exploring Peru’s Machu Picchu.

“I have had so many amazing, unique and fun experiences: drinking water from Lake Baikal, the world’s largest and deepest freshwater lake, talking to a Mongolian nomad in a Ger camp in -35 degrees in Ulaanbaatar, being pulled by eight Huskies through the Siberian snowy tundra. All of them have been so unique and they’ve all appealed to a different side of my adventurous spirit.”

If you were a lucky winner like Will, where would you go? What are your must-see travel destinations or experiences?

Maybe the Northern Lights, the amazingly mysterious, multi-coloured night show in the arctic, tops your list? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to see the migration in the Serengeti or the magic of a safari pursuit in the Okavango? Do you want to gaze at the Galapagos wildlife, canoe your way down the Amazon River, watch whales in South Africa, helicopter over the Grand Canyon or scale the Empire State Building in New York?

By now you’re probably lost in a wonderful daydream, but don’t forget to enter the competition! You’ll need to hurry though, there’s less than 3 weeks left to play. Good luck!

This article is sponsored by AXA, a multinational insurance firm. They are about to give one lucky person an all expenses paid trip of a lifetime, so be sure to head over to www.greatglobaladventure.com to play the game and share your perfect trip to be in the running. 


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