For me, travel, blogging and writing go hand in hand. I enjoy capturing the moments of enjoyment and excitement from my travels through my photographs and blog posts. Today’s guest post highlights how writing can enrich these travel experiences and how writing can enhance your blogging too.
Writing will change your life
Writing is a form of art that will challenge you and at the same time make every life experience richer, fuller and transform it into something communicative and strong. Especially traveling.
All of us take photos while they travel, which is amazing. Photography can transport us into a moment and preserve memories. But what it cannot do is capture the detail and the particular story of that moment in a way only writing can.
Take the pressure off your shoulders to write perfectly. You don’t expect to be a professional photographer on your travels as well, do you? You will learn by doing, and even if nobody but you reads your travel writing in twenty years, it will be a vibrant and amazing experience to do so.
But there is so much more that can happen with your travel writing over time.
It can become a travel memoir, like the recent amazing book by Roz Morris “Not Quite Lost – Travels without a Sense of Direction“, which is a collection of over twenty years of writing while she traveled Britain.
Or it can become a travel blog with stories, pictures, and tips.
It can also become a research tool, like my last trip to Scotland and England to visit the locations of my new novel “Prometheus Rising”.
It can even be an inspiration to write fictitious short stories or novels.
Your travel writing can become a home for your soul, a place you can return to for a new experience of those unique moments. But it can also become a well of inspiration and fun for those people you share it with.
1. Writing encapsulates moments that would be long forgotten otherwise
A strange old woman in a youth hostel. The moment you found yourself in the middle of a national park with nearly no fuel. The feeling you stood at those cliffs for the first time.
All those small details that make life will be gone from your memory in ten or more years. Even photos are unable to capture them. But if you keep a travel diary, they will stay there forever, waiting to be relived and bring a new feeling of nostalgia and a life lived to the fullest.
2. Writing provides room to think and come up with new ideas
Why waste time on writing while you could just soak in the beautiful moment or the scenery? Why sacrifice time of your precious vacation day while you could spend it with friends and family?
But writing does not have to take much time. Fifteen minutes, half an hour maybe will be enough. But those 15-30 minutes are worth it.
While you write and ponder upon your experience, new ideas will pop up in your head. Writing will stimulate your creative cells. And creativity is what we are really looking for, what we need towards our road into happiness.
You don’t have to write a memoir. You could instead use a location, a situation or anything that stayed with you to come up with a great short story.
This way, your travel experience will leave you with more than just pictures: you will return home with new stories, ideas, and motivation of how to change your own life and become more creative.
3. Writing trains you to pay attention to the little details
Writers are people who pay attention to things nobody else sees: The way a person moves his head, changes his posture, raises an eyebrow, or nervously moves his legs.
The way the mountain looks upon the valley and the light break the clouds to bath the grass in spots of vibrant green.
Once you start writing, you will SEE much more of everything around you. You will memorize the colors, the weather, the light, the people you meet. You will see the details of a world that have evaded you until now.
If you look at your traveling with a “writer’s eye”, you will experience so much more than you have ever before, because you will see things in a different light, and the world will become a playground for details and ideas for your writing.
4. Writing is a source of inspiration and a form of communication
If you write while traveling, this can become a benefit for you and the people around you.
Once you reread your writing, it will motivate you to write more, travel more, see more and experience more. And if it does this to you, why not to others?
Your writing can fascinate people and inspire them to travel more, visit the places you’ve been to, repeat the experiences.
But it can also communicate your unique worldview in a way that will entertain and inspire people for their everyday lives, make them think and see the world in a different light.
5. Writing will change your life
Writing changed my life.
And even if I have always been someone who loved writing, I genuinely believe that everybody has what it takes, because all of us have a unique voice and unique story we have to tell the world.
Writing set my creativity free, it liberated me, it made me passionate about stories and my own life, enriched my everyday routine and my vacations and travel experiences, it has connected me with interesting people I’d have never met otherwise, it has made me happier and energized me … there is just not enough room to tell how amazing it is to write.
One last tip: Be honest with your writing. Readers always appreciate honesty. They are looking for someone to tell the truth in an entertaining and unique way. And you can be this person.
Nobody can tell your story but you.
If you’re a passionate traveler, there are many stories you have to tell, I’m sure of that. Just start writing, set aside conscious time to do so, and you’ll see how you will fall in love with the process and the results.
Also, it is a craft that can never be exhausted. There are so many amazing principles and techniques to storytelling, and it’s an adventure to learn them and apply them to your art.
Start telling your story. Start writing, and you’ll see how it will change your travels and your life.
Diana Wink is an author & film director, gym freak & creative entrepreneur, currently based in Germany. She loves stories with all her heart because they have the power to transform and touch the very core of our being. Her passion is to empower people to live a fulfilling life by becoming a creative storyteller on the Story Artist website & blog.