Finding the time and space to be creative can be tricky enough when you’re at home, so what do you do when you’re travelling or going on holiday? If you thought you’d have to give up your creative time for as long as you’re away from home, you’re wrong. Read on for some tips to help you stay creative when you’re travelling.

If you’ve been working on building up a creative habit, you’ll know the importance of consistency. Like starting any new habit, you need to make sure you do it daily until it becomes second nature and you don’t have to remind yourself to do it.

So it’s frustrating to have to stop when you’re well and truly in your stride, creating something daily. And if you’re anything like me, you can find it frustrating even if you’ve been interrupted for a good reason, like to go for a day out, or a weekend away, or a week-long holiday.

Yes, I know that makes me a little weird, but I can’t help it. I like doing things my way, and if I get my heart set on doing something, I want to do it. (Never mind if I was the one that helped plan the weekend away, before forgetting about it and thinking I had some spare time to spend being creative…)

But all is not lost. There are ways of taking your creativity travelling with you so you don’t have to break that habit. You just might have to get creative in your planning to be able to make it happen. How meta is that…?

So let’s look at some ways to stay creative when you’re travelling.

Try something different

With this, I mean try a different art or craft to whatever you currently do that’s not particularly portable. For example, if you are an oil painter, it’s going to be tricky to paint while you’re travelling or on holiday. It’s not the painting itself that will be the problem but rather what to do with the wet paintings for the weeks that they take to dry! Attempting to transport wet paintings back home or on to your next destination is just going to cause unnecessary stress. In that situation, you may be better off taking a different creative project away with you. I’ve listed some ideas for space-saving creative projects at the end of this post.

Go minimalist

If you like to be surrounded by supplies when you’re doing creative stuff, you might find trying a more minimalist approach frustrating… or you may find it refreshing! Either way, the chances are you don’t have unlimited space in the car or in your suitcase. If you can find a smaller version of a craft that you normally do or if you can narrow it down so you take fewer supplies, your creative habit can continue without coming at the expense of taking enough underwear with you!

Soak up your surroundings

Find inspiration in the place you’re visiting and the things going on around you. By that, I mean:

  • Take photos.
  • Sketch your surroundings.
  • Write about your surroundings, or the things you’ve been doing and experiencing.
  • Look at the colours around you.
  • Collect items you can use in a future project (legally, of course!).
  • Map out some art journal or scrapbook pages.

Be mindful and look for creative opportunities in every experience you have when you’re travelling. You’re sure to come home brimming with inspiration for future creative projects.

Here are some ideas for some space-saving creative projects and supplies:

  • Try out some photography! You’re bound to have some kind of camera with you on your trip, and the one on your smartphone is perfect for this.
  • A sketchbook and pencil
  • This Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Sketch Pocket Box
  • … with these Pentel Aquash water brush pens
  • Watercolour postcards — perfect for creating the postcards to send back home to friends and family!
  • Your art journal to create some holiday spreads. Take a glue stick or some tape for holiday memorabilia, and coloured pencils or markers to complete the rest of the page.

Do you have any other tips for staying creative when you’re on the road? Let us all know in the comments 🙂

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