Spring is in the air! As the warm weather rolls in and the days get longer, it’s the perfect time to take a break, breathe some fresh air and get out of town! What better way to boost creativity, gain a new perspective and increase work productivity than travelling. Successful writers, artists and even physicists have had some of their best discoveries and successes while away from home or living abroad. Travel allows your mind to relax and be open to new experiences and ideas. As the famous writer J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Not all who wander are lost.”
Curiosity of a new environment can awaken your senses and make you acutely aware of your surroundings. Whether it’s a remote countryside in Scotland or a trendy London restaurant; exposure to culture, movement, color, and texture provide you with new experiences that can be interpreted and transferred into your daily life or your next design project.
Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like; and create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations. When you’re immersed in the culture of an unfamiliar place, it can promote originality and enhances your ability to make connections and creatively problem solve. When you travel, you are made aware of things that may otherwise pass you by in your day-to-day life.
Travel brings the unexpected, which is part of the adventure! Whether deciphering train schedules, trying new cuisine, hiking treacherous mountains or driving on a one lane mountain road with two way traffic; travelling creates new opportunities to challenge yourself. With each new experience, there’s opportunity to gain confidence and build leadership skills. When things don’t go as planned, the ability to be flexible and adapt makes you better equipped to handle the unpredictable circumstances that come with every profession.
It’s an ongoing challenge to master the work/life balance. Travel allows for a much needed break from the stress and deadlines that come with the daily grind. Time away and new experiences can bring you back to work refreshed and even more productive and inspired.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller