Get out of Loserville and Discover your Creativity


Do you have difficulties finding uncommon solutions? In your workplace, can you already anticipate the answers of your colleagues and friends? Maybe it’s time to jump out of the box first to think outside the box.

Robert GerlachBy Robert Gerlach, Creativity Educator, Author & Keynote Speaker

why travel stimulates creative thinking

One way to foster new thinking is by traveling. Psychologists know that new experiences stimulate the reward system in our brains. The self-made experience is what the brain immediately understands. Travel stimulates creative thinking because we recognize that there are many more opportunities for solving problems than the ones we know. Just think about the traffic at the Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris. Twelve avenues converge at this junction, with streams of cars passing through smoothly all the time and not one set of traffic lights. How about the traffic at busy crossroads in your city? By looking at foreign practices, we automatically compare them to our own. We change perspectives that support creative thinking. Christine Lee from the University of Florida conducted a study about the effects of traveling and creativity. She found that students who studied abroad generated ideas that were higher in quality and more novel, applying both a general and a culture-specific measure of creativity (compared to students who did not study abroad).1

Travel allows you to become aware of yourself. Outside of your well-cushioned culture, you can no longer take things for granted. Most of your social-cultural behavior can’t be applied anymore; even your humor might cause perplexed faces. Traveling is a great way to rethink one’s own behavior and adapt to a more open-minded attitude. One of the most life-changing experiences I’ve ever had was in 2003/04 when I traveled around the world for 364 days. I started at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro and finished at a public lecture of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala in India. The journey began with seeking outside pleasures and ended with finding inner peace. This one-year trip changed my perception of life forever and laid the foundations to start IQudo. Why? Because I got a broader perspective on life. I wanted to give something back to the world – by helping people to discover their resourcefulness.

Imagine what would happen to your creative spirit if you’d travel for, let’s say, 6 months?



1 On the Cognitive Benefits of Cultural Experience: Exploring the Relationship between Studying Abroad and Creative Thinking. Lee, Christine S.; Therriault, David J.; Linderholm, Tracy. DOI: 10.1002/acp.2857. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acp.2857/abstract (July 19, 2012).


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