Travel Enhances Your Creativity and Your Life?

ireland view from gateI travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine. Caskie Stinnett

Recently I tweeted a quote by the Dalai Lama where he advised, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”. One person responded with a wistful, “Someday. . .” I suspect more that one person had that reaction believing that he meant we needed to travel somewhere far and away.

Yet what I sense His Holiness meant was that it’s good meet new people and experience how others live. This creates an awareness that it spite of living in different cultures we are all human and have much in common. It helps us celebrate our differences and develop our sense of compassion.

Going somewhere new also helps to shake things up and gain a fresh perspective of the world and our lives. I actually give similar advice to my life and creativity coaching clients since it helps break out of routines and to see and perceive new possibilities.

We don’t have to travel half way around the world to have a new experience. If you live in the city visit a neighborhood you have never explored. Or travel to a nearby town. If you want to visit to India and can’t make that long a journey go to an Indian restaurant. Interested in Ireland, visit an Irish Pub and sip a pint of Guinness while tapping your foot to the Celtic music that is likely playing.

Travel opens our hearts and minds. We discover there is more than one way to embrace life and live upon the earth. It deepens our understanding of other people and ways of being. And as Aldous Huxley said so well “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries”. It gives us a fresh perspective on the beautiful diversity on planet Earth.

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