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.
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.
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.
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!
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