Turn back the clock to late 2006 and I was a 19yr old studying a Communications / Fine Arts double degree, frustrated with University and lacking a sense of direction. I knew I wanted to do something creative. During my 2 years at uni I grappled with the pretension of art school, fiddled with film and immersed myself in the theatre. I tried my best in all of them, but it wasn't quite right- I just didn't feel like I'd found my calling.
So I threw in the towel. I was done with that- I needed something new. I worked and saved hard and by the time I was 20 I had set off on my very first overseas adventure- the classic backpack around Europe. I spent 4 weeks of that trip completely solo and I'm so glad I did. I have always been comfortable spending time with myself and my thoughts- it gives me time to daydream, discover and get in touch with my soul. I saw so much design in Europe- amazing posters, typography, products, shop displays, signage, exhibitions. It completely blew my mind! I knew then exactly what I was going to do and as soon as I returned home I signed myself up for a 3 year graphic design course.
Next Friday I am setting off again, with my boyfriend this time. It will be our first overseas adventure together and I'm grateful knowing that I'll be sharing special moments with the person I love. We will be heading to Europe for 4 weeks, starting our adventure in Stockholm and ending in Rome. (I can't wait to share some pics with you.) I'm so excited to have some time to go on a creative break, where I can explore, be inspired, draw, write and think freely.
Has travel given you any major creative 'aha!' moments? I'd love for you to share your story with me in the comments.