5 Ways In Which Travel Can Inspire Writing


5 Ways In Which Travel Can Inspire Writing R.S. Mollison-Read

I have been very fortunate in my young life, to have travelled to many amazing places. Travel continues to be a very important part of my life, and I thoroughly enjoy planning, and taking trips to new and exciting places.
In recent years I’ve discovered that travelling can also be extremely helpful to my writing:

#1. Introduction to new people, places, and cultures:

Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums

Travelling is such a rich experience because of the opportunities to have entirely new and unique adventures! Being exposed to brand new experiences, makes you that much more open to new ideas, and inspirations in your writing. My own writing has been inspired by the amazing history, customs and traditions, unique people, and beautiful scenery in the places to which I have travelled. One of my favourite experiences is going through the Vatican Museums in Rome. I have been to Rome five times now, and every trip, I make sure to visit the Vatican Museums. I could spend a lifetime in there, and still not see everything!

#2. Freedom from inhibitions:


Santorini, Greece

Many people feel a greater sense of freedom when they’re travelling. A world of opportunities and adventure is open to a traveller, and I have found that I’m much more open to saying ‘yes’, to new experiences when I’m travelling. This freedom from inhibitions means that as a writer, my mind is more open to ideas and inspirations, that often come from unexpected places. Inspiration can be found in so many experiences, but I find that seeing new vistas for the first time is a wonderful way to spark some creativity!

#3. No routine:



Often, it is difficult to keep a set routine when travelling. Every day brings a new experience! I find that not knowing exactly what the day will bring makes me more open to taking chances, exploring places, and in general saying ‘yes’ to things I usually wouldn’t. Travelling affords me a freedom that I can’t have in my busy life at home in Calgary. Being so free and open to the possibility of new experiences is wonderful for my writing!

#4. Time to reflect:

Hyde Park, London

Hyde Park

Travelling can sometimes be a chaotic experience, so I usually like to consciously take some time to think and reflect. When I was travelling around Europe with my sister in 2011 we maintained a very hectic pace, and I remember being so grateful for the opportunity to just have an afternoon in Hyde Park, London to sit on a bench and watch the world pass by. I remember being flooded with so many thoughts, and ideas for my writing, that I had to pull out a notebook to get it all down!

#5. Unique locales:


Prague, Czech Republic

While my hometown of Calgary does have great variety in terms of weather (from -40°C in the winter, to +30°C in the summer), there are still a lot of disparate climates around the world that Calgary cannot offer. By travelling to other areas of the world, I get to experience these differences in scenery, climate, and culture for myself. So when I write about humidity so intense it is difficult to breathe, I can pull from my experiences in similar humidity in Japan in 2006. When I write about a place that is hauntingly melancholy, I remember the eerie beauty of Prague in the evening, as I walked along the Charles Bridge.


Do you find that travel inspires your writing? I’m always looking for new places to travel, so I’d love to hear about your favourite trip!

*All photos taken by Rachael Mollison-Read


If you liked this post, check out my novels!

7 thoughts on “5 Ways In Which Travel Can Inspire Writing

  1. […] Mollison-Read presents 5 Ways In Which Travel Can Inspire Writing posted at R.S. […]

  2. […] your creative tanks, and I also try and get as much travel in as possible, because I find that also inspires my writing. This way, I still feel productive and creative, and inspired, but I’m not stuck inside the […]

  3. […] written before about how travel inspires writing, and my recent trip to Disneyland has been no different! There is something truly immersive and […]

  4. […] Travel: I’ve discussed this in greater detail in this post, but travelling can be one of the best ways to reignite your imagination. Exposing yourself to new […]

  5. […] near where I live. Interestingly, one of the most productive writing days of my life was when I was travelling through Europe. I sat on a park bench in Hyde Park and scribbled down different scenes for one of […]

  6. […] can truly help to inspire creativity. Reading the work of others can be very inspirational, as can travel, and forging strong relationships with others. Surrounding yourself with inspiring, and interesting […]

  7. […] example, I first conceived of the idea for Elden Forest while sitting on a riverboat cruise of the Seine, which sounds dreamy and romantic, but was, in fact, sweltering and sticky. However, […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *