traveling is cool! i haven't been many places...a few states, Canada and Jamaica. my brother, Sebastian, is travel crazy. he's been all over the world. right now he's living with the locals in a stilt village and fishing in the Strait of Malacca off the coast of Penang, Malaysia. he has tons of colorful stories to tell. i think he'd agree with Ibn Battuta..."Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller." writing is storytelling and travel is full of new and different experiences that can make you a better storyteller. travel can be an unexpected and surprising aid for writers. it gets you out of our comfort zone, your own backyard, and takes your mind and imagination in an entirely different direction. travel opens up a whole new world of possibilities - new ideas, plots, settings, characters, etc. it's also a cool way to deal with writer's block. St. Augustine said, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." when you travel, your world changes. you open yourself up to new experiences, meet new people, hear new sounds, learn new words, see new sights, eat different foods, solve new problems and learn about different cultures. if you allow yourself to be open and unbiased, your travel experience will cause you to see the world in a new and different way and that will make you a better writer. seeing things with a traveler's eye can change the way you thing and write. Samuel Johnson said, "The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are." up close and personal, experiencing things as they are, excites the senses and stimulates the mind and imagination. ordinary thoughts take on a deeper and more and more powerful meaning. this will result in writing with more sensitivity and descriptions and emotions will become vivid and real and will bounce off the page. the benefits of travel, plus a health dose of reality can work together to improve basic writing skills, enhance style, heighten your sense of voice and give you a new sense of yourself as a writer. the many benefits gained from your travel experience will improve your writing and renew your dedication to your craft. Seneca said, "Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind."
Mark Twain once said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."