Travel is as essential for most writers as breathing is for every living being to continue existing in this world. Traveling opens new avenues to the writer’s thought process. It enhances ideas and helps feed the mind with newer and better drawn pictures to relate with and put words on paper. Writers are always encouraged to exhilarate their curiosity; which in-turn yields into better literature.
Have you often wondered about how a person would feel who doesn’t have the means to travel to any major location and is restricted to an area which is only in and around his living environment? The person would like to travel, but sometimes he/she doesn’t have the choice or opportunity to do so!
Writing thrives on the surroundings around you, it envelopes ‘food for thought’ from the places you travel, the people you meet, the people you don’t meet-yet observe from a distance, the climates you visit, the culture you absorb, the interesting conversations you have with complete strangers feeling you know them from another lifetime, making new relationships as you travel from one place to another. Sometimes you go to the same place over and over again, discovering a part you hadn’t noticed or seemed to have ignored in the bliss of being amongst beauty. Some people even make a living and have a ball of a time writing travelogues.
Writing is a passion every writer unravels as they enjoy every bit of their journey as much as the thrill of reaching their destination. Writing is an art which can come naturally to many but can be cultivated amongst all. Interest is the key factor to everything in life along with work satisfaction. Reading, visiting new places, meeting new people, or interacting with your known clan also enables us to write into deeper depth of the way every being thinks and functions.
Every place has various areas a writer can dig deep into; such as, the psychology of the people living in that area, its diverse culture, and the rituals they perform, food style, etc. The food of every place also gives you a sense of divine enlightenment, the different tastes play with your senses, just like a passionate artist’s fingers would string on a new instrument given freely to explore. Some writers don’t have the opportunity to actually travel to different places but they make sure they do their research or watch documentaries about the places they would like to visit; traveling in any form gives one the freedom to express their thoughts, views and emotions in every possible spark they can display.
Everyone needs a break from their normal day to day routine life. Traveling gives the writer that light you see at the end of the tunnel, the freedom to open their mind to a different environment, express themselves in different volumes, be a part of the place and realize that there is a whole new kind of person right within you who goes unnoticed and is mostly shunned. Every sphere of our being is challenged when we go out of our comfort zone and that itself helps us build a stronger sphere around us and ironically also open up to things we never thought were possible to achieve. Peace of mind and sound sleep also play an important role in a writer’s life, some people thrive on the disturbances in their lives to portray them and bring out emotions on a tray of thrill.
Travel & writing are known to be quite addictive; as a popular advert states,” Once you pop, you can’t stop!”