A Cornucopia of Creativity: How Travel Can Influence Your Daily Life

There are two types of people. The homebody and the wanderer. While the homebody enjoys the privilege of the safety you find in a perpetual personal bubble, the wanderer can’t seem to fight the urge to step out of their comfort zone and discover what he/she hasn’t seen or doesn’t know.

The homebody is happy with grueling routine and the wanderer welcomes a change. In the homebody’s mind, the earlier the bedtime, the better. The wanderer is usually afraid they will miss something if they sleep too much.

While both lifestyle choices can have their benefits, the wanderer fares much better in the realm of creativity. Below are just three of the ways traveling the globe will expand your capacity for creativity.

The Power of a Music

Music is probably the most powerful tool on the planet, but the majority of us take advantage of its properties. In the majority of American culture, music is something used to lighten the mood, distract us from pain, help us through our experiences with heartbreak, and set the mood for a romantic evening.

We use it to dance, celebrate, and as a form of artistic expression. However, those who speak the language of music understand that these things are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the complexity and power music contains. Music is a form of communication.

People of all races and nationalities can sometimes express a thought or a feeling with a song better than they can say or write it. Music is also very intimate and spiritual. It can play to our deepest aggressions or break down our walls and leave us willingly vulnerable.

When we travel, we voluntarily open ourselves up to the different musical experiences of others and instinctively graft the contrast to fill the gaps in our understanding. This not only broadens our cultural understanding but helps us step out in our own musical creativity and understanding.

Your Palate for Life Grows

Do you consider yourself the artistic type? Take a few steps back and look at your kitchen. Are the type of person that needs everything to look militaristically neat and plain or do you prefer to spruce up the place as much as you can?

If you identify more with the first description, you may need to get out more. Traveling submits you to all kinds of experiences and places you wouldn’t normally encounter in your day to day schedule of work, play, and running errands. Take a trip into the natural world around you.

We are so saturated with the visions of urban jungles that we tend to forget that there are actual jungles on the planet we haven’t personally explored. Schedule a journey on an Alaskan cruise. Learn how to find the beauty and peace that can reside in a desolate landscape.

As you do this, you may find that your kitchen transforms from a  Navy galley to Van Gogh’s dream eatery. Something as simple as changing the lining on your pantry shelves could begin to tell others the story of your metamorphosis.  

The Invention Factor Explodes

When you travel, obviously, you are not in an environment you are as comfortable with as you would be if you were at home. You don’t tend to know where everything is and in some cases, you aren’t near anything that would help your fix an unexpected problem.

Sometimes, you just can run down to the local Wal-mart and pick up whatever it is that you need. There are many times traveling will put you in a position where you have to stretch your imagination and use what you already have to solve the problem at hand.

For example, if you are out hiking in the woods and it begins to rain, unless you have a waterproof backpack, all of your belongings will most likely get drenched. A simple fix? You should already be carrying a few plastic bags to take care of any trash. Use one to line the inside of your pack.

They also make good ponchos. Have an unexpected injury where you need to stop the bleeding quickly? It may sound a like something out of the movies and a little barbaric, but use fire to heat up a stick and cauterize the wound by placing the heated end to the source of bleeding.

Staying home may be the easier and more uneventful choice, but if you want to grow as a person, make sure to challenge yourself through the world of travel.

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.