3 Tips to Get Inspirational Stories from Travel
Many well-known inspirational stories in history have involved travel of one kind or another. This is probably the origin of the phrase “enjoy the journey as well as the destination.” When you’re traveling, it’s necessary to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Once you start your journey, you’re going to come across many fascinating things, whether you’re just taking a trip to a nearby town or traveling across the world to a different country. The idea is to keep your mind open to new influences and absorb them as completely as possible. No journey is ever going to be perfect but if you follow some simple tips, you might end up with many inspirational stories from travel.
Be Open-Minded. A lot of people travel to different countries but find themselves completely perplexed by the way that things are done in those countries. They can’t wrap their heads around driving on the other side of the road, speaking English with a different accent or being more conservative or liberal, as the case may be. Don’t let these differences take you by surprise. Do a bit of research on the customs of the country you’re visiting and try to prepare yourself mentally. Keep in mind that you’re going to be a guest in that country and as a guest, you should be grateful for what your host can give you. Locals always love it when you try to speak their language or wear their clothes. And by doing these things, you’ll also be enriching your store of experiences.
Speak to People. Sure, you’re going to a different place to see the sights. But you’re also going to meet the people and get to know them a little bit. There’s not much point going somewhere new but only speaking to people that you know once you get there. So strike up a conversation whenever you can. Your bus conductor, concierge or the waitress in the restaurant where you’re eating will probably be happy to tell you all they know about the place you’re visiting. Plus they’ll be flattered that you asked for their expert opinion.
Stand and Stare. These words are from a poem by W. H. Davies who wrote, “What is this world so full of care/We have no time to stand and stare.” Don’t treat your vacation like another job. You don’t have to keep rushing from one place to another and try to cram everything into a few short days. Instead, take your time when you go to see the sights. Stand around and look at them or just observe the people milling around. Think back to Agatha Christie who was so inspired by the many places she visited that she ended up using them all in mystery novels such as Murder on the Orient Express or Death on the Nile. When you spend more time observing people and things, you’ll find the inspirational thoughts bubbling up out of your unconscious mind.
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