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Finding Inspiration in Travel

Good morning, writers and ‘wonderers’!

I hope you’re having a great weekend so far.

Today, on the blog, I’ve decided to add another to my ‘Finding Inspiration…’ series. I’ve previously discussed Finding Inspiration in Places and Finding Inspiration in Music so today, I’ve decided to focus on travel.

This is not random! I have returned this week from a mini city break in amazing Amsterdam. I’m from England, so the flight only took an hour, but it’s mind blowing how entirely different a place, not so far from home, can be.

I’ll admit, I didn’t get much writing done. However, writing was always on my mind, and so I thought I’d share with you some tips and tricks for finding inspiration in travelling.file (11)

1. Airports – A Nest of Characters
With my flights there and back only turning up a total of 2 hours, I easily spent more time in the airport than in the air. However long your flight, chances are you’ll spend at least four hours in airports during your holiday. The great news about that is there will always be a coffee shop, there will always be power sockets and a table for your laptop/notebook and there will always be an abundance of people passing by. Use your airport time to people watch, notice individual quirks and assess relationships. You’ll probably never experience a wider range of personalities.

2. A Unique Way of Life
It was Benjamin Franklin who said that we should “either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” and I believe he is right. When you travel, be it to a different city, a different country or a different continent you easily experience something worth writing. No two places are the same and it’s wise to pay close attention to the different lifestyles and laws in your new destination. Experiencing something completely different from what you’ve always known can really open up a story telling opportunity.
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3. Focus on the 5 Senses
All writer’s are familiar with the 5 senses and how important they are to creating atmosphere, believe-ability and recognition within a story. Be sure you take note of all five senses when you go somewhere new. Site is perhaps the easiest one, because you’ll always be focusing on what you can see around you. But, for example, in Amsterdam I took note of the smells; canals, pancakes, marijuana! Not to mention the sounds, the almost constant ringing of bicycle bells and the deep whir of canal boat engines. It will be different where ever you go.

4. The More you Know…
There will always, always be more out there to learn, more to know, more to understand. We’ll never know it all! But travelling allows you to try new things, learn more history, see more wonders. This rich experience will undoubtedly fuel your creative fire and give you more ideas.

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I’d love to hear of where you’ve traveled that’s inspired you or perhaps where you’d love to go in the future? Drop me a comment and let me know!

Happy travelling!
And until then
Keep writing,
M
x

 

8 thoughts on “Finding Inspiration in Travel”

  1. Love that first photo 😍
    Last year, I was lucky enough to go on holiday to ibiza and being able to explore the old town and just the scenery inspired me soooo much! It’s crazy how different places can be! And what stories one scene or landscape can bring to mind!
    I think my next travel journey that I would really like to go on is just a road trip around Britain. I really want to visit all the historical places, like stone henge, castles, etc.
    But I would also love to go to Egypt and see the pyramids, and Rome to see the colloseums!
    I think travelling is one of the best ways to get inspiration, and to experience all the things!
    Great post!!

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  2. I totally envy you your home base in England! How nice to be only a quick plane or train trip away from so many amazing places. I had to laugh when I read the paragraph about airports. I feel the same way, but I didn’t really appreciate the woman who coughed all over me in the Rome airport last summer leaving me with a cold for half of my vacation. Sharing is nice but not when it involves bacteria! Regardless, there is something about airports that has me writing furiously as soon as I get through security and find my gate. My outside life switches off, and my secret writer self switches on! 🙂

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    1. Hi Laura. I am very lucky to live in England, I do love it here and it is quite easy to visit more of Europe. Where are you from?

      Oh yes, some people are more than happy to share germs…hope your holiday was still wonderful! I’d love to visit Rome one day!

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  3. Love how you find and chronicle the inspiring in your life. You encourage me to be more aware of every situation.
    Every one of my extended family members live in Arizona. ILove several states over in Oklahoma. I absolutely love traveling to the desert and the serene scenery of the mountains is breathtaking. I have so many memories from the road trips there and back, an arsenal of story material.
    Thanks for your posts. They are always inspiring.

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    1. Oh wow how amazing, love that! It seems worlds apart from little old England…but I suppose we’re inspired by our own settings as much as the ones we travel too ❤
      Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting. Always means the world!

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