Gaining perspective through travel

If you want to be creative you need to have an understanding of the idea that there are countless different ways to see and interpret the world.

This is why we travel, or so claims Jonah Lehrer in his article Why we travel. Jonah explains:

“Seasoned travellers are alive to ambiguity, more willing to realise that there are different (and equally valid) ways of interpreting the world. This in turn allows them to expand the circumference of their “cognitive inputs”, as they refuse to settle for their first answers and initial guesses… . We don’t spend 10 hours lost in the Louvre because we like it, and the view from the top of Machu Picchu probably doesn’t make up for the hassle of lost luggage…We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.”

Looking at the world from a different perspective can open your mind to new possibilities. Traveling to a far off beach or city allows you to ‒ quite literally ‒ take a step back and see your problems or concerns from a distance.

When was the last time you took a vacation? Even if it’s just to a neighboring city for the weekend, getting away from your usual environment can be very rewarding. Do yourself and your creativity a favor and plan a trip to another place.