Travel Makes You More Creative – Here is How

Many of us have aspirations to be a big name in whatever we do, the highest paid CEO, a world-renowned fashion blogger, a multi-millionaire with so many income streams it no longer makes sense to count them.

But, the truth is while we remain in the same town, with the same people and the same-same everything we are unlikely to get the growth we really require to excel. It’s not really about using travel as a means to network, travel is much deeper than that.

A professor at Columbia Business School has done multiple studies on the link between travel and creativity, Adam Galinsky, says –

Foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to take deep connections between disparate forms. The key, critical process is multicultural engagement, immersion, and adaptation. Someone who lives abroad and doesn’t engage with the local culture will likely get less of a creative boost than someone who travels abroad and really participates in the local environment.

We learn better by doing rather than watching.

It’s how we find new ways to do things, new ways to interact and do business, unique patterns and colour pallets. And, the critical thing here is that it isn’t about a short holiday – although they have their own impact too, it is about travel. But, it is not limited to just being in a different country, in fact, you can experience a considerable change in self simply by city hopping and using shared office space with a company like Signature Works. 

Some countries are natural hotbeds for other travellers from all over the world and depending on the type of accommodation you have chosen, this might mean you are going to be encountering more personality types than you’re used to dealing with. Meeting with people from different races, cultures, continent and belief spectrums – means that any prejudices you may have will likely be smashed to smithereens – and you will have an open-mindedness that allows you work in any environment and respect those you work with.

Each country is given a Global Creativity Index, it is judged by how tech savvy they are, how capable their workforce is and how open they are to new ideas. So, if you have been considering setting off to explore somewhere but have the intention of working too, then try these. 

5 Most Creative Countries

  1. Sweden – ranking so highly because of their immense talent. So here would be an ideal place for a long-term visit.
  2. USA – Super strong is technology, and tech being one of the keys to wealth and progress means they are a great place to spend some time in.
  3. Finland – Ranking first in tech and talent, it’s super high in entrepreneurship, ideal for collaborations.
  4. Denmark – High in talent and tech, it has a really high economic output.
  5. Australia – Oz is a master at luring people with fabulous tech talents from other countries because they have fantastic tech

Those countries should be on your ‘must-stay-a-while’ list. By soaking in a mixture of cultures, combined with technology, talent pools and tolerance you’re going to be getting a worldly lesson in personal development.

But if your budget isn’t going to be stretching that far then check out the top 5 most creative UK cities instead.

5 Most Creative UK Cities

  1. Manchester – the UK’s ‘second city’, a hub for great music, media and culture.
  2. Liverpool – Has a Knowledge Quater! Home to over 7 thousand creative and digital firms and Signature Works shared office space in Liverpool.
  3. Bristol – It is the largest melting pot of culture, employment and education in the South West.
  4. Newcastle – While it started in the wool trade it is now a hotspot for growing creative companies and freelancers.
  5. Birmingham – Once known as the City of a Thousand Trades, it is packed with indie cafes, creative firms, art galleries and so much more.

The effect of travel isn’t just short-term either, they last years after you have returned home. While you might be planning your next trip from the moment you touch down, your past travels are going to give you memories that when you recall them will provide you with a zing of happiness. The skills that you gain are deep set personal skills like confidence, broad-mindedness, self-reliance and a different perspective.

“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”Anthony Bourdain


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