Catch the wind

Catch the wind

Thursday, March 02, 2017

..traveler's aid for writers

traveling is cool! i haven't been many places...a few states, Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas. 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  us out of our comfort zone, our own backyard, and takes our 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 we travel, our world changes. we open ourselves 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 we allow ourselves to be open and unbiased, our travel experience will cause us to see the world in a new and different way and that will make us better writers.

seeing things with a traveler's eye can change the way we see things and the way we 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." experiencing things as they are, up close and personal, excites the senses and stimulates the mind and imagination. ordinary thoughts take on a deeper and more powerful meaning. this results in writing with more sensitivity. descriptions and emotions will become vivid and real and will bounce off the page.

the benefits of travel, plus a healthy dose of reality can work together to improve basic writing skills, enhance style, heighten sense of voice and give us a new sense of ourselves as writers. the many benefits gained from our travel experiences will improve our writing and renew our dedication to the 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."


have a good trip!

…have fun and be happy!


  1. Great to see you back in blogland, Lenny! What a great post, too. I love traveling. I haven't been to as many places as Sebi, but I've been to quite a few different countries. I'm totally addicted to the travel channel. :)

    I'm glad to hear you are writing again.

  2. Hi Lenny! So glad to see you back in the bloggy-verse! :)
    I haven't traveled a lot either. When my kids were little we made a family choice - join all their sports and activities or travel. We all chose for them to do the sports. But a trip to Disney would have been nice too!
    Your brother must be having amazing experiences!

  3. Hi Lenny - so good to see you ... and yes I've come to and can now comment happily. Travelling is an eye opening experience ... and I bet your brother, Sebastian, will have masses of stories to tell you - I'm sure he keeps in touch often with you all. I'd love to visit that part of the world - I've never been to Asia ... one day!

    It's good to see you here and the way you've crafted this .. reminding us what's so important about travelling - we see things in real life in different parts of the world, as well as allowing us to write something as we travel. I've been enjoying the books about Europe recently ... I've visited some areas - but it's so good to read about others in the interlinking of ideas ... and to 'see back' into time.

    I looked up Ibn Battuta - he was one amazing man ... I hadn't heard about him ... but I need to read up a little more ... fascinating journey's he made back in the 1300s ...

    Wonderful you've sent me off to check out the 1300s ... I'm glad I live today ... excellent to see you blogging again ... take care and enjoy the weekend - well done for getting this post up for us ... cheers Hilary

  4. Hi Lenny, glad to see you around. I travelled quite a bit in Europe and being from England have come to live in Canada as well as spending 12 years in the States. I do so agree with you about travel and wish I could do more of it. Unfortunately the years are catching up with me these days.

    Welcome back.

  5. Buddy!!! How are you?? So happy you're back!!!

  6. I wish I could travel somewhere tropical right now! Welcome back, buddy! <3

  7. Lenny, you're back!! Hugs to you. I love travel! Even when our river boat ran aground last year in Germany and we all had to be "rescued" by German emergency personnel. It was an adventure. And makes a great story I tell my friends. This year our travels have been more limited to the US, but I'm finally going to see the Pacific Northwest this year. Love all the travel quotes you gave us and especially the St. Augustine quote. Thank you!

  8. How wonderful to see your post, Lenny! Been missing them, and this is terrific! I love to travel and have been in most of the states and a few other countries. It certainly does give you a wide variety of experiences and different views of life in various places. I sure agree with your quote from Mark Twain!

  9. I love the quote from St. Augustine, and I utterly believe it. I wish that every person in America could travel abroad at least once!

  10. Wow, Lenny, LOVE the new look of your blog. So glad you're back. I love to travel, too, and have been blessed to go many different places, particularly around the U.S. I hope some day you get to do some traveling of your own as you are quite right, travel expands the mind and opens the heart.

  11. Hey Lenny!

    I would of got back here sooner, but I'm having trouble typing because I've got some problems with my right elbow.

    Anyway, young dude, for sure, travel opens up a world new world of experiences and inspiration. We can learn so much from other cultures.

    Good to see your post, Lenny. Penny says hi and arf! :)


  12. Hi Lenny! Love the new look on the blog. I love to travel, and this post makes me want to plan a vacation soon. Thanks for the wise words and inspiration. :) Good to see you!


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