Travel always rejuvenates me. There is just something about it that sparks euphoria and opens up my mind to looking at things differently, so I always love the opportunities I get to go out and explore the world.
Recently, I headed to San Francisco with my son to celebrate not only his college graduation but his 25th birthday, and we spent each day filled with adventure together. The trip was about spending time together, exploring a new city, eating well, and having fun—and that’s what we did. We walked nine miles in one day, we Ubered, we rode the trolley, and we even rented a mini cooper convertible for our trip to Sonoma! We were constantly moving, constantly having new adventures, and that on its own is enough to get the creative juices flowing as we were just filled with excitement and wonder.
It wasn’t just the destinations—or getting to those destinations—that were an adventure, either. If you’re a foodie, then you know that San Fran is a fantastic place for endless food options and the shot at trying a plethora of new dishes. We were spoiled by a family friend who was the ultimate tour guide, not to mention a nephew who led us to the most delicious tacos I’ve ever had. Of course, the wine tasting and vineyards tour in Sonoma was a highlight as well! The whole trip was one big chance to try new things—and isn’t that exactly what creativity is?
Even the city itself is an inspiration to look at. From day one as we walked over the Golden Gate Bridge, I was looking for unique angles. Architecture, lines, colors, textures, lights—all of those excited me, and I felt compelled to document them. My nephew even took us to the height of the city at night—Twin Peaks—and it was a crazy vantage point. I loved it!
Every new sight, sound, and smell was a chance to broaden my horizons, and without the time constraints of work, I was able to really boost those creative juices. Outside of my comfort zone, trying new things and seeing new sights—all these things lent themselves to a new perspective, and I came back feeling refreshed and ready to get creative in my regular work life!
I like this quote from Miriam Beard: “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” That was certainly the case for me and my son as we are traveling, and I’m grateful I was able to get out there and refresh myself with new sights and new perspectives to bring home!