Travel and Creativity – The Creative Wellspring

I believe that travel is a renewable creative resource.  From journeys within our own imaginations, to road trips, to epic adventures in far away lands – travel is a wellspring.

Working intentional travel into your day is a fun and potent way to heighten your curiosity and become more aware of and inspired by the world you live in.  For example, I rarely use highways and actually enjoy getting lost. I build time into my busy day for exploration.  Traveling the back roads wakes me up and helps me see the wonder of the world.

Do you always travel the same roads to the grocery story, the studio, and the gym? Do you primarily drive on highways?  The following exercise asks you to re-frame your idea of the daily commute and approach your day-to-day travels with the intent of exploring your world.

Travel and Creativity – The Creative Wellspring

Creativity Boosting Exercise: Travel one day per week without highways. 

  • Purpose:  Take the back roads.  See your neighborhood and town as you’ve never seen it before, or haven’t seen it in years.
    • Alternate:  If you are already traveling the back roads, try taking a different route one day a week.
  • Why #1:  When you travel unfamiliar roads you develop your ability to see and live in the moment.
  • Why #2:  Driving is the exact kind of focused inattention that puts you into a relaxed brain state conducive to creativity.
  • Why #3:  There are more stories on the back roads and good art is often built on good story.
  • Why #4:  Transform your “just another morning commute” into a creative adventure. Take back your life and see travel as a fun and interesting part of your day.
  • Bonus points #1:  Add in a day of pure public transportation.
  • Bonus points #2:  If you get so lost you have to ask for directions, ask the person who helps you find your way about their life.  Make a connection with a stranger.
  • Bonus points #3:  Take your camera and journal along with you to record your adventure.

Do you find inspiration, creative freedom, and joy in travel?  Leave a comment below about how travel has affected your art.

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Melinda Eliza Sabo is a an Artist, Creativity Coach, and Lecturer who believes that life should be an artistic journey:  truly well-seen and well-lived.  Visit for more inspiration.