Travel has long been hailed as a source of inspiration, a means to explore new horizons, and an opportunity to escape the ordinary. Beyond the excitement of discovering new cultures and beautiful destinations, travel has a profound impact on our creativity and work.
We recently returned from a trip to Mozambique and returned with a spring in our creative step! Before leaving for this group holiday we felt very tired and worn down from what's already felt like a long hard year, so we set out a few things we wanted to do each day to ensure we returned refreshed and rejuvenated, not more exhausted as you often can when returning from a big group holiday with an entire troop of small kids.
A few things we did each day to ensure we came home feeling rested:
1. Exercised everyday (I know for some that may not sound like a holiday but we have seen first hand over the past year how moving in nature everyday has had an amazing calming, rejuvenating affect on us) even if it was a long walk on the beach with the kids or a quick morning run, we tried to do that everyday!
2. Afternoon siestas were non negotiable! After a morning on the beach a swim or play we returned to our rooms to snooze, read or Netflix absolutely guilt free, reemerging for sundowners just in time, was the perfect way to spend our afternoons.
3. Good food is never in short supply with our crew around but instead of giving our ingredients to the house chef we choose to spend our assigned day to cook making homemade pizzas from scratch while the kids danced on the table and the adults sipped cocktails and laughed until our bellys hurt. Cooking at home always feels like such a chore but truthfully it's one of the things that memories are made around, it unites families and solidifies good times together. We try to breed this culture in our own family much like the Mediterranean cultures we've learnt to love so much! (Inspired by our multiple trips through Europe) What better time to cook and be joyful together than holiday, when deadlines and bedtimes are not a factor!
It was one of our favorite days of this trip!
So whether you have a trip coming up or planning one soon, here are some ways travel sparks creativity and how you can harness its transformative power to enhance your work. Let's be clear I'm not talking about travel focused on getting the perfect shot for the gram or travel motivated by ticking things off the to see list, I'm talking about real, authentic travel to really see and experience the world as it is, the good, the bad and the ugly!
Experiencing New Perspectives: Travel exposes us to different perspectives, traditions, and ways of life. Immersing ourselves in unfamiliar environments challenges our preconceptions and broadens our understanding of the world. These fresh perspectives stimulate our creativity, allowing us to see things from new angles and infuse unique elements into our work. Whether it's architecture, cuisine, or art, the diversity of experiences during travel provides a rich tapestry of inspiration to draw from.
Cultural Immersion and Authentic Experiences: When we travel, we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in different cultures, interact with locals, and witness authentic experiences. Engaging with local traditions, music, art, and customs opens our minds to alternative approaches and creative expressions. These immersive encounters can spark ideas and ignite our imagination, leading to innovative and culturally influenced work.
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Travel often pushes us beyond our comfort zones, presenting unfamiliar challenges and situations. It encourages adaptability, resilience, and problem-solving skills—all of which are valuable traits in the creative and business world. Stepping out of our comfort zones fosters personal growth and allows us to approach our work with newfound confidence and a willingness to take risks.
Connecting with Nature: Nature has a remarkable ability to inspire and rejuvenate. Connecting with nature invigorates our creative energy. The colors, textures, and patterns we encounter somehow find their way into our designs, artwork, cooking or photographs.
Reflection and Self-Discovery: Travel provides moments of solitude and reflection that are essential for self-discovery and personal growth. Stepping away from the demands of everyday life allows us to introspect, reassess our priorities, and gain clarity on our goals.
Travel is not merely a means to escape reality; it's a catalyst for creativity, innovation, and personal growth, it's been one of the most powerful influences in our creative work over the past 15 years.
The experiences, perspectives, and adventures we encounter during our journeys have a transformative effect on our work.
Let travel be your passport to inspiration, igniting your creativity, allowing its transformative power to enrich your creative journey.