Do you ever have that moment when you travel; it’s a little pause, like your subconscious saying that this is a good thing right here and it is going to file it away somewhere safe for you to reflect upon in the future.
I tend to find that right after those moments are when I am most inspired, an idea will pop into my head and it seems so very obvious, I really can’t understand why I haven’t thought of it before.
Here are some of the most inspiring trips I’ve taken. In no particular order…
1. Sailing down the River Kwai in Thailand
Thailand is a beautiful country, but the day that sticks in my mind most from my trip back in 2007, is our boat ride down the River Kwai. After touring a military cemetery in 40◦c heat, speeding down the River Kwai was a welcome relief, the beautiful scenery, the cooling breeze, knowing just what had happened on that river 60 years earlier, was an incredibly calming experience. In fact in that moment, I decided that no matter what else I did in my life, I wanted to travel, I wanted to see the world. Talk about an inspiring moment.
2. Strolling along canals in Venice
I pretty much defy anyone not to be inspired by Venice. The history, the architecture, it is a beautiful City. The most inspiring site however is early in the morning, when the mist rises over the Grand Canal, and you can watch the domes of the churches across the water poking above it. Before the tourists arrive, and after they leave, Venice is one of the most inspiring and picture perfect places I’ve ever been.
3. Train journey from Fez to Marrakech
As wonderful as both Fez and Marrakech were, it was the seven hour train journey between the two that I found the most inspiring during my trip. Sat in a first class carriage the huge windows gave great views of the amazing scenery of Morocco. After finishing the novel I was reading (reading for pleasure, how very decadent!), I pulled out my notepad and made plans, by the time I arrived in Marrakech, I had come up with a whole new business idea and written the business plan and plans of action for as soon as I got home.
4. A Husky ride in Alaska
Fairbanks is breathtakingly beautiful, especially at Christmas when it is freezing cold and everything is covered in snow that sparkles like diamonds. Sitting tucked-up in a sledge, being pulled by 8 huskies was an amazing experience. You are racing along, but there is no engine, so all you can hear
is the padding of the dogs feet. It felt like something out of the Chronicles of Narnia and will stay with me for a very long time.
5. Watching the sun set on the Charles Bridge, Prague
There is a reason why so many tourists head straight to the Charles Bridge when they arrive in Prague. It is a masterpiece. Time it right and you will be able to watch the sun set among the statues that line each side, which if you’re with a loved one is very romantic, but if you’re on your own, will bring a level of calmness that I’ve struggled to find anywhere else. This kind of relaxation and peacefulness is very hard to find and leaves a lasting impression.