Why You Should Start Traveling More in 2020
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Sarah Kaminski
January 2020
Contributor
Written by
Sarah Kaminski
January 2020

Some say that the best way to write well is to write what you know. And I wholeheartedly agree.

As someone who’s been writing for over a decade, I have found that one of the most effective ways to become inspired is to travel. That’s why I’ve made the decision to do more of it this year. 

If you’re also looking for ways to see and learn different things, and eventually translate them to the page, here are my top reasons for traveling more in 2020.

Get to know new places

If you think of literary masterpieces such as Joyce’s Ulysses or Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, you’ll quickly realize that great novels revolve just as much around the setting, as they do around the characters. After all, the two are inseparable. Which is why traveling is such an important aspect of any writer’s life.

Getting someplace unfamiliar has never been as easy (or cheap) as it is today. And the insight and inspiration you gain are absolutely priceless. From cities you can capture with pen and paper to natural wonders you can try and emulate, the world has an endless list of exciting, or serene, wonders you can visit. And once you’re there, you won’t be able to help it but become inspired.

When I travel, I make sure I have a journal with me, in which I can write down everything I find interesting or useful. Street names, authentic shop descriptions, public transport routes – absolutely anything. I also like to take plenty of photos and print out the ones that captured my experiences the best.

Experience new things

Not that many things get the creative juices flowing as experiencing something you’ve never done before. From sampling local cuisines to learning a new skill, you may just find that travel allows you to widen your horizons in the best way possible

And the great thing about unique experiences? They can become adventures that will give you the material you can use in your novel or on your blog.

If you’re looking to try something you’ve never done before, visiting a new place is an excellent idea. But you don’t have to go far. Even a day trip can prove to be inspiring and full of opportunities for adventure. Go stand up paddleboarding at a local lake, do a full-day hike at a nearby trail, or rent a bicycle and go for a tour of your city. You’ll not only feel better, but you might as well discover something about yourself.

Meet new people

One of my absolute favorite aspects of going abroad is finding out how people from different backgrounds than my own live their lives. I could spend hours watching people. In cafes, on public transport, sitting on a park bench. I’ve found that observation tells me so much, even when I can’t understand a language.

And sometimes, if I’m lucky, I get to meet locals who are ready to exchange experiences, or even offer tips on things to see and do in a city. I’ve never had as good of a time as when I visited Lisbon’s Bairro Alto with a group of students I’d met the day before. And there’s no way I would have felt as good had I gone there on my own.

Rest and relax

One of the reasons why I love to travel is that it gives me that much-needed chance to relax and forget about my everyday worries. I find that it relieves stress by getting me out of my regular setting and giving me positive thoughts to focus on. Plus, it’s a great way to get away from work and my computer screen and to get out in the fresh air.

Although I tend to keep a busy schedule while traveling, I do try and leave enough free time for rest. Furthermore, I always make sure to bring a couple of books with me, so that I can fill the hours I spend on a plane or train by doing something that I enjoy.

Conclusion

There you have it, the reasons why you should consider traveling more this year. Whether you’re looking for material, or simply want to widen your horizons, it’s the single most effective way to see and learn something new. And who knows, maybe you’ll return home with an idea for a novel or a genius blog post.

Do you love to travel? Do you write about your experiences? Share your most beloved memories in the comments section below; I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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