Stuck in a funk? How Travel Helps Evolutionize a Creative Mind and Soul.

Creative Funks. We’ve all been there. Designers, writers, producers, thinkers, entrepreneurs. As creatives, we are our biggest critics and as people who exercise our talents on a daily basis, we also require the need to exercise those neurons that help us function.

So what to do when in a rut? Make the world our gym and flex that creative energy. The notion that international travel experiences can open our minds to new ways of thinking is not as much a new concept as it is imperative to overcoming any form of a creative block. Neuroscientists and Psychologists have even begun to examine that spending time abroad may have the potential to affect mental change related to how the brain is wired and influenced by environment and habit. It is the one thing that can help us uncover new eras in personal artistic development and provide us with a more accurate and open-minded view of the world.

As a career creative and photographer, I have long felt the creative benefits of international travel. However, it’s not just about being abroad. It’s the critical process of multicultural immersion, engagement, and adaptation. That’s why each year I’ve vowed to myself, my soul and my creative mind to dive into these experiences. There is nothing as refreshing, as humbling and as scary as throwing yourself into the unknown than traveling abroad – and that freedom feeds directly back into our waves of inspiration and the work we give back to the world. The impact traveling has on one’s worldview allows one to do good work. Its purpose is to build a strongly acculturated sense of self. It has been one of the healthiest ways for me to nurture that creative spark through the cognitive flexibility of environment and human compassion.

“Creativity is power – and we have the ability to use it for good.”

To capture and share my experiences while traveling abroad, I started a journaling practice. Through this, I am able to craft storylines through photo, video and written content with the aspiration to inspire others and myself to live outside the world our own. This practice has helped shaped how I view the work and message I put into the world – and what a true gift the ability to share with others is.

Photofy has been a powerful tool in my journaling practice and curating the way in which others consume my work. It has granted me the ability to spend more time to discover and more time to focus on a message while providing a means to optimize such aesthetic. Through customization options for both individuals and businesses, Photofy gives users the keys to growing their brand or content on the go.

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.37.17 PMLake Atitlan, Guatemala A world untouched. My visit to Guatemala in Winter of 2014 served as a reminder to be mindful of how I, and we as humans, choose to consume. Highlighting the hidden impact our daily consumption has on lands and environments outside our own and the severe importance of doing our due diligence to lessen that impact.

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.37.26 PMQuepos, Costa Rica. No words. It’s a scary and humbling experience to be a minority in a foreign country, especially when it comes to language barriers. While visiting Costa Rica in the Fall of 2015 and traveling to a rural Costa Rican school to play and interact with the children, I’ve never been so frustrated with not knowing another language. Even with basic to intermediate Spanish speaking skills, it was heartbreaking to not know how to communicate with the children. Lesson learned: Do not take something as beautiful as language for granted nor expect that others should speak the way you do.

Time and ease are imperative to any traveler. Luckily, Photofy easily allows one to capture a moment and edit in real time using a computer or mobile device. Giving travelers peace of mind knowing they can spend more time embracing their curiosity and allowing their imaginations to take flight.

If you’re like me, your creative mind is never fully put to rest. For it is when we express our creativity through travel and experiences we allow space for transformation and the nourishment needed to feel refreshed and renewed. Those expressions are imperative for us to continue to do good work and supersede into all aspects of the ways we think and operate creatively.

To visit more of my travels and portfolio find me at Angel Marya or ReserveDirect.com!