Writers thrive on inspiration. They need inspiration to get ideas for a new novels, stories and essays. They need inspiration to start writing. They need it for carrying on with the process, too. That’s why many writers travel far from home in search of a muse. New places fill you up with a new kind of vibe. They have the power to spark the creative process of writing.
Do you know why writers don’t usually travel to well-known tourist destination? They are looking for something special. They want hard-to-reach natural and architectural wonders. Sometimes they decide to follow the footsteps of great writers. In line with those needs, I’ll suggest the top 10 travel destinations for writers who need inspiration.
Can you think of something more inspiring than Nature itself? You’re feeling uninspired and you decide to hike in the nearby forest. Suddenly, you’re full of air, lightness, and optimism. That’s your usual hike. Can you imagine what some of the most beautiful natural sights in the world can do to your creativity?
Some of the following sights are difficult to reach, but the experience is totally worth it. If you feel like you need a breath of fresh energy to start working on a new project, pick one of these destinations:
The Appalachian National Scenic trail is a true adventure. With 2,200 miles to hike, it’s the longest hiking trail in the world. When you come to the Preachers Rock, you feel like you’re as far from civilization as you could possibly be. Far from civilization means close to Nature. Close to yourself.
You want to set your story in a fairyland? Do you want to be inspired by a real-life fairyland? Book a trip to China and explore the Jiuzhaigou National Park. The Crystalline Turquoise Lake is its best part. It’s pure and intact. It gives you the sense of innocence that’s hard to get hold of when you’re trying to write in your apartment.
There’s no lack of natural wonders in Greece. If you’re inspired by the energy of water, this country will give you what you’re looking for. If you have to pick one island to visit, Zakynthos is the right choice. When you see the Blue Caves in Agios Nikolaos, you’ll be mesmerized by the immense, but calm power of nature. Can you ever express that feeling through words?
Is your story set in the mountains? You want the authentic experience your characters would have? Visit the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Think about it: you’re sitting by a pristine lake, with ten peaks protecting it from the rest of the world. The sight is wild and powerful, but relaxing at the same time.
Is your story set in ancient times? You’ll need an authentic experience. When you visit some of these places, You’ll feel like you’re being teleported back in time. It’s a wonder how these architectural wonders resisted the damage of time and human civilization.
This abandoned city was thriving thousands of years ago. The signs of that glory are still there. The enormous ancient buildings will set your imagination on fire. You’ll see your characters and scenes more vividly than ever.
This is not some powerful architecture. You won’t see glorious buildings. However, you’ll see houses that depict the Italian way of live. Vernazza has no car traffic. That’s one of the reasons why it makes you sense the genuine spirit of the past.
It’s hard to imagine something more impressive than this statue. It was meant to stand as a symbol of the harmony between man and nature. It shows the balance between mundane and spiritual life. It’s a popular tourist attraction, but even the crowd won’t disturb the sense of calmness you get when looking at the Big Buddha. Maybe you’ll be inspired to write a book as grandiose as this statue.
Anne Rice’s former mansion in New Orleans became the prototype of the house of the Mayfair witches. This was the grand dame of gothic fiction. You’ll feel like this mansion is haunted, and that’s a good thing for your inspiration.
How about Tolkien’s Birmingham? You can visit Sarehole Mill, where the great writer spent the happiest moments of his youth. You can follow the footsteps of his childhood adventures and guess where his imagination came from.
If we try to think about writers who got inspired by traveling, Ernest Hemingway is the first name that comes to mind. Are you ready to travel like this great writer? Put Havana high on your list of destinations. In his world, Paris was equal to absinthe. What was Havana, then? Daiquiris! You’ll need few of those. Havana is generous to a writer’s imagination. Its hot temper and vibrant culture will give you tons to write about.
It’s a beautiful world out there. I’m sure this is not a full list of inspirational places a writer could visit. But, it’s a great start. Are you ready for an adventure? What’s your first destination?