Category: Travel

How Traveling Abroad Boosted My Creativity

This past summer, I found myself in a creative low. I was in the middle of my challenge to write a haiku poem for every day of 2015, and it was  increasingly difficult to write something new. My pool of inspiration and motivation was running dangerously low. I felt like I was seeing and thinking the same things every day. My creative process at the time was sitting down and listening to music, hoping something would pop into my head. It was a long and sometimes tedious process.

A castle in Prague

Then I got the wonderful opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic for a month. Previously, I had never been out of the United States. Not only was I introduced to a new setting, but also a variety of new experiences, people and cultures. While at first I was a little bit scared of leaving the comforts of my home in Colorado to go to a new country, it turns out it was exactly what I needed to create a new spark of creativity.

Each day I spent in the Czech Republic was a fresh experience. There were always things to see and new conversations and perspectives I never thought about. Each destination I went to was vastly different from Colorado. When I was abroad, I felt like the awareness of my surroundings was heightened. There was never a moment where I felt familiar with something. I never thought I would be crossing and swimming in a river in Český Krumlov, or crossing the Charles Bridge in Prague. But it happened.

CeskyKrumlov

Going into a new environment with an open mind, in turn, opened doors to my creativity. The diversity of each day was like a deep breath of air for my creativity. Writing each day became substantially easier.

I’m not trying to say that traveling abroad is the solution to a creative block, but getting out of your comfort zone and doing something new can help. For me, the mere change of environment and experience was enough.

It is so easy to stay inside a comfort zone and live a routine each and every day. For me, it’s even easier with studying for school, and working a job in the mornings. While I still make time to write something every day, sometimes it’s hard to find the spark of creativity that motivates me.

Finding ways to vary my days helps me get out of that routine. Whether it is traveling abroad in the Czech Republic or going on a hike in Horsetooth, change is what awakens my own motivation and creativity. This knowledge helps me when there is a lack of creativity inside of me.

I finished my goal of writing a haiku for every day and am continuing to write. Currently, I have written 460 haiku poems. While I know that not every day will be without a creative block, going to the Czech Republic has taught me that it only takes a change, big or small, to create enough inspiration to create.

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Czeching it Out: Some of My Favorite Places in the Czech Republice

On June 26, 2015, I traveled to a different country for the first time. I spent a month in the Czech Republic. The experience of traveling abroad is something that changed my life. Not only was I exposed to a different culture and lifestyle, but I went to a variety of places and saw different things. Here are some of my favorite places I went.

Znojmo

Znojomo

Znojmo is a beautiful village located in south Moravia, near the border of Austria. A part of the village sits on a large hill and has plenty of amazing views overlooking the Dyje River. Znojmo is also in the center of a very well-known wine region.

Like most of Czech villages, Znojmo is living and breathing history. One of the most interesting parts of the village was the Znojmo Underground. Originally built for defense, it is one of the largest underground multi-level labyrinths in Central Europe. I found it to be very interesting and it is filled with a bunch of folklore and legends.

Český Krumlov

Another one of my favorite places in the Czech Republic is the medieval village of Český Krumlov. While walking around and exploring, I felt like I was in the Renaissance era. Not to mention the gigantic castle towering above when you first enter is incredible.

Encircling the village is a river in which you can take a boat down or swim in. While I went swimming, the river is not that deep, so canoeing might be a little bit more exciting. While this is a major tourist attraction, it is definitely worth visiting. There are a lot of little stores to look at and explore. I spent all day just walking around and looking at everything.

Prague

This is a pretty obvious answer to anyone who has been to this beautiful city. If you have not been to Prague, you can not truly say you have been to the Czech Republic. There is so much life, so much to see and do in the Prague. From going to museums, crossing the Charles Bridge, or seeing Prague Castle, you could spend days in this city and still not see everything.

While this one of the most touristic cities in Europe, I would say it is definitely worth the visit. You simply have to see the beauty of this city its rich history for yourself.

Those are my top three favorite places in the Czech Republic. However, there are many, many, more places I could have put on here. If you ever end of in the Czech Republic, I highly suggest going to other cities besides the major ones like Prague. The Czech Republic has so much to offer, and you would miss out if you only went to Prague.

Czeching It Out: Some of My Favorite Places in the Czech Republic

On June 26, 2015, I traveled to a different country for the first time. I spent a month in the Czech Republic. The experience of traveling abroad is something that changed my life. Not only was I exposed to a different culture and lifestyle, but I went to a variety of places and saw different things. Here are some of my favorite places I went.

Znojmo

Znojomo

Znojmo is a beautiful village located in south Moravia, near the border of Austria. A part of the village sits on a large hill and has plenty of amazing views overlooking the Dyje River. Znojmo is also in the center of a very well-known wine region.

Like most of Czech villages, Znojmo is living and breathing history. One of the most interesting parts of the village was the Znojmo Underground. Originally built for defense, it is one of the largest underground multi-level labyrinths in Central Europe. I found it to be very interesting and it is filled with a bunch of folklore and legends.

Český Krumlov

Another one of my favorite places in the Czech Republic is the medieval village of Český Krumlov. While walking around and exploring, I felt like I was in the Renaissance era. Not to mention the gigantic castle towering above when you first enter is incredible.

Encircling the village is a river in which you can take a boat down or swim in. While I went swimming, the river is not that deep, so canoeing might be a little bit more exciting. While this is a major tourist attraction, it is definitely worth visiting. There are a lot of little stores to look at and explore. I spent all day just walking around and looking at everything.

 

Prague

This is a pretty obvious answer to anyone who has been to this beautiful city. If you have not been to Prague, you can not truly say you have been to the Czech Republic. There is so much life, so much to see and do in the Prague. From going to museums, crossing the Charles Bridge, or seeing Prague Castle, you could spend days in this city and still not see everything.

While this one of the most touristic cities in Europe, I would say it is definitely worth the visit. You simply have to see the beauty of this city its rich history for yourself.

Those are my top three favorite places in the Czech Republic. However, there are many, many, more places I could have put on here. If you ever end of in the Czech Republic, I highly suggest going to other cities besides the major ones like Prague. The Czech Republic has so much to offer, and you would miss out if you only went to Prague.