Several years ago, I travelled to Italy for a family vacation. I had to complete a project while I was away, so I brought my laptop and purchased an Internet key to submit my work via email and stay in touch with people back home.
I learned a few things over those weeks, specifically with respect to writing while travelling. If you plan to write (or work) while you are travelling over the next couple of weeks, you might appreciate the tips. Apply the advice as liberally as you desire.
- Where possible, put aside time to write each day during blank spots in your travel schedule. In my case, blank spots occurred in the middle of the afternoon, when the stores closed and most people were napping. You can also choose to nap, but it is a good time to write.
- Remember that you are travelling, so enjoy your time with family and take in the sites you want to see. Don’t focus only on writing. Travelling should be fun, and you should find time to have fun with your family.
- Pay attention to what is going on around you. There are a lot of great story ideas out there, especially when you travel. Characters, locations and plots abound.
- Take a notebook with you so that you can jot down ideas that spring from the places you go, the people you meet, and the things you do. But don’t do it while driving.
- Find interesting places to sit and write. You’re somewhere new, so you can go outside your comfort zone. This can include the local cafe or a bench in the palazzo by the fountain. Make that place yours while you are there – people will always say hello when you become a regular fixture somewhere.
- Make time to read while travelling. It is always sound advice to read different authors, and this advice applies even more so when travelling, as your brain is already quite active; interesting ideas are sure to come along.
- Leave your editor’s pen at home. Write now, and edit later when you get back.
- Enjoy your surroundings both as a writer and as a traveller. Learning to turn writer mode on and off is a great way to refresh your brain. And again, the primary goal is to enjoy your trip.
- Enjoy the local cuisine and beverages. That’s what writers do!
- Turn off the computer, go for a walk or drive, and experience your new surroundings. Write your life by living it.
Have a great trip. And if you do write while you travel, let me know about it – firstname.lastname@example.org.