Kate Upton is a nineteen year old supermodel whose talents have enabled her to travel to the most exotic and culturally rich places on Earth. Although her beauty and charming personality paved the way for her initial success as a model, it is her willingness to step outside of her comfort zone and become a bonafide global citizen that has catapulted her to international superstardom. Throughout her travels to places like Sydney, Mexico City, and London, Ms. Upton has been exposed to a variety of lifestyles that have strengthened her professional, cultural, and social skills.Once upon a time, it was only the Kate Uptons, Warren Buffets, and Tim Tebows of the world who had the means and access to travel the globe. The vast majority of human beings not belonging to elite classes have been traditionally confined to a tight geographic radius surrounding their place of birth. You don’t need to be a supermodel, millionaire, or professional athlete to travel the world. The all-consuming trend known as globalization has altered societal norms and human history as we once knew it. Advances in technology, especially those related to transportation and communication, have shrunk our planet at a breakneck pace. As a result, an exponentially greater population has been afforded with opportunities to become global citizens.Global citizenship results from a heightened level of awareness, appreciation, and engagement with other cultures and can only be acquired through international travel as a young adult. In addition to its ability to instill a worldly perspective, globe-trotting presents adolescents with a plethora of professional, social, and cultural opportunities. You never know who you will meet at the Louvre in Paris, Trafalgar Square in London, or at Grand Central Park in Manhattan — they could very well be your future employer, your mentor, or even your spouse. Even if you don’t meet a lifelong influence, international travel allows young adults to discover their purpose in the world. Individual preferences are locked in at a young age, and exploratory initiative and first-hand interpretation cultivate likes and dislikes. Oftentimes, exploring a foreign country results in selecting a career.Becoming a global citizen at a young age also aids in the development of your communication and interpersonal skills, better preparing young people for a career. By encountering a myriad of different people, you will be equipped to relate to a wider population. A budding global citizen will develop independence and self-starting motivation faster than those who do not leave their home. A young traveler is also more likely to have a more impressive résumé than the average homebody. Your experiences abroad make you more intriguing, knowledgeable, and more employable. You may not be able to become a supermodel, but you can become a superhero version of yourself by exploring the globe at a young age. After all, Bruce Wayne had to travel and study the world before he could become Batman.International travel is an experience for which there absolutely no substitute; you cannot gain an authentic, worldly perspective by reading an article on a computer screen. You cannot become a global citizen by simply choosing to love all people and then suddenly declaring yourself enlightened. You cannot taste, smell, hear, and touch a travel destination with Google Earth. You must venture out of your comfort zone to develop a genuine frame of reference so that you can experience the world and all of its complexities. Provincialism and parochialism are out. Attaining worldliness by virtue of travel will maximize your unique potential. The venerable Mark Twain says it best: “Travel is fatal to…narrow-mindedness… Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth.” Heed these wise words, and be more like Kate Upton.Written by Weston Ulbrich, VP (Sales) of Languatica.