“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Travel inspires. Experiencing new people, places and cultures that aren’t part of your everyday life provides a unique opportunity to see things from different perspectives and ultimately to expand your worldview. That creative jumpstart you’ve been looking for is out there…you just need to look for it.
Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO talks in his blog how travel offers plenty of opportunities to observe people and think creatively about new ideas:
A-ha! moments are everywhere — even on a business trip — but you have to train your eye to look for them. So, wherever work takes you, make sure to get out of the hotel and watch everyday people living their everyday lives. Even if it’s just for an hour, I guarantee you’ll find more inspiration than you ever would inside a windowless conference room.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but occasionally I get bogged down in the monotony of life, in the routines and habits that make life predictable, but potentially also quite boring. A change in location can help to get some of that creative energy back. As I head out on another trip, I’ve been thinking about the reasons why traveling provides such amazing inspiration.
Look with New Eyes
We often forget to look around and notice what is in front of us every day. How many times have you had someone visit your local area and point out the amazing views or experiences that are right in your backyard? When you travel to a new place, your eyes are opened, and you learn to see anew.
Meet New People
The more you observe and talk with people who don’t think like you, the more your perspective changes. Reflecting on those experiences and incorporating that new thinking into your everyday life can bring new ideas, new plans, or new goals.
Find New Perspective
Depending on where and how you travel, you can have experiences that are so “foreign” that they change you forever. The exposure to new food, architecture, languages, music or art can awaken parts of you that you didn’t know existed. You may make a new visceral connection or awaken a hidden passion!
The most important part of traveling is remaining open to new experiences and seeing where they take you. Inspiration awaits.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
– Henry Miller