Guest Post: How a Vacation Can Help You Break Free From a Creative Rut

By Mariah

Are you stuck in a creative rut? Have you been working hard to get your work out there? Do you sometimes feel like you’re never going to succeed? If the discouragement and disappointment of the artist’s struggle is starting to weigh you down, it may be time to take a vacation.

You’ll Meet New People

Meeting new friends can be an excellent source of inspiration. Everyone has a story to share, and people tend to be more open with strangers at tourist destinations, so striking up a conversation won’t be difficult. You might be surprised at how many new creative ideas you get after an interesting talk with someone from the other side of the planet.

You’ll Get to See New Things

From massive waterfalls to hidden temples, this world has a lot to offer those with the courage to step outside their comfort zones for inspiration. Few things are as powerful as spending time in nature, and luckily, visiting nature is often highly affordable or even free.

You’ll Get to Spend Time Alone

In Kiki’s Delivery Service, the first animated film from world-renowned filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, a young woman named Kiki decides to move to a town by the seaside with only her cat in tow. She’s meant to spend a year alone as part of her training in witchcraft. This story is a great example of how getting into a new environment and spending time in solitude can help you find yourself.

If you’re traveling with a friend or a group, be sure to break away for some solo time now and again. You can meditate on a beach, go for a quiet walk in an area inhabited by locals, or simply get lost for a little while. By the time you meet up with your friends, you’ll likely have a lot of new ideas to share.

You’ll Develop a New Perspective

Being somewhere different can change your perspective on life. This is especially true if you visit a country with a different culture than home. Try to embrace this new culture and learn as much about it as you can. Not only will it leave you feeling humbled, but you’ll also get a lot of new ideas for your work.

If you’re ready to break free of your routine, now is the time to take action. Travel is never a waste of time or money, and when you’re trekking through a jungle with new ideas flowing through your mind, you’ll understand why.

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