How Your Creativity Benefits When You Travel

Apr 24, 2018 | Inspiration

Your everyday surroundings play a role in your creativity. Being exposed to the same faces, locations, and activities can become tiring and fail to provide inspiration over time. When your inspiration runs low it may be difficult to connect with your creative energy, which can be very frustrating. Think of your creativity like a vehicle; it doesn’t run properly when the tank is empty. By sharing our recent vacation we will show how traveling provides several benefits that help to refill your creative fuel.

Taking time to travel can benefit your creativity. (Photo: Anete Lūsiņa- Unsplash)

Experience Something New

One benefit of traveling is that it exposes you to new experiences. For vacation, we decided to visit two places we had never been – Las Vegas, Nevada and South Beach, Florida. Upon arriving in Vegas we were awed just by walking through McCarran Airport. We were welcomed by bright lights and sounds from slot machines scattered about, and couldn’t help but notice the giant stone animals perched on the floor:

A festive sign greeted us on arrival to Las Vegas.(Photo: The Creative Armory)

(Photo: The Creative Armory)

(Photo: The Creative Armory)

Since this was our first trip to Vegas, we were excited to visit landmarks we had only seen in movies. As we made our way down ‘The Strip’ we noted famous hotels such as ‘Paris Las Vegas’ and the ‘Luxor’. We even mustered up the courage to ride the roller coaster on top of the ‘New York-New York’ hotel, and got to enjoy an evening fountain show in front of the ‘Bellagio’.

The famous Paris Las Vegas Hotel. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Egyptian stylings inside the Luxor Hotel. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

New York-NewYork Hotel with rollercoaster on top. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

An evening water show in front of the Bellagio Hotel. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

DRAW INSPIRATION

Through travel, you can benefit from multiple forms of inspiration such as food, music, artwork, and culture. Although there was no shortage of these on our vacation, we found ourselves paying special attention to the architecture in certain locations. For example, we visited the Hoover Dam during our stay in Vegas. This site was rich in beautiful structures such as the ‘Winged Figures of the Republic’ and the ‘Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge’. To see such a massive structure suspended between two mountains was as incredible. It proved how something that seems impossible can be brought to life with a bit of imagination.

‘Winged Figures of the Republic’ by Oskar Hansen. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

(Photo: The Creative Armory)

Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Feel Accomplished

Our next adventure landed us in South Beach, Florida. As we made our way down Ocean Drive we were introduced to the historic Art Deco District. The bright colored buildings paired with vintage typography were everything we hoped they would be. We made sure to stop by the Carlyle, where the late Robin Williams filmed the 90’s hit movie “The Birdcage.” Since we are fans of the Art Deco design era, it felt great to finally visit this location and experience it first-hand.

A photo of Ocean Drive. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Beacon Hotel on Ocean Drive. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Congress Hotel boasting the Art Deco style. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

A photo of the Carlyle Hotel. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Let Your Mind and Body Reset

The stress of daily life can take its toll. Taking some time to reset can work wonders in helping you recharge your mind and body. A huge benefit of traveling is that it can give you time to do one thing: nothing. Sometimes doing nothing is the best way to let yourself relax. You may also find that some of your best ideas flow when your mind isn’t swimming in anxiety. We understand that you may travel for work purposes or have a family to tend to, but the point here is to find a few moments to sit back and just take it all in.

Taking time to relax can help you unwind. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

We love Michigan and all it has to offer, but the cold winters can seemingly last forever. Escaping to the warm climates of Las Vegas and Florida felt good and put us in a great mood. We were immersed in sunshine and were able to comfortably enjoy outdoor activities and exercise.

Collecting sea shells on South Beach. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Relaxing outside and enjoying the warm weather. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

To Sum it all up

We all pull inspiration from different things. Travel helps remind you that there is a world out there that’s packed with the type of inspiration you’re searching for. We returned home feeling a great sense of accomplishment because we were able to scratch a few travel goals off our list. When you’re feeling drained, remember to step back and enjoy life beyond your ordinary routine. Your creativity will thank you in the end. 🙂

Taking a break reminds you to appreciate the beauty of life.

What is your top travel destination for creative inspiration? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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