I am about to head off on another trip on Tuesday. It never fails to excite me; that feeling of exploring something new, meeting new people and being in a new place. I know I caught the bug early in life when I headed off to the unknown at the age of 17 to live in Chicago for a year as a Rotary Exchange Student.
Although I cannot wait to go, there is always a little nagging voice in the back of my head which says I shouldn't. What about the family? What about my work? Will I miss a deadline?
But the more I travel, and the more I learn, the more I realise the benefits that travel has to enhance creativity and therefore my design work. By exploring new places and experiencing new things, and sometimes just removing myself from the studio and getting a fresh perspective on life, brings rewards tenfold. Every time I sit down to create, I draw in on those years of exposure that travel has afforded me.
This year, it's all about the Australian experience. I am embarrassed to say that even though I have travelled the world, my own backyard has not been explored as thoroughly. So on Tuesday, I am excited to be off to Manly, Sydney. Just to add to the excitement is the fact there is going to be surfing involved (but hopefully, none of Mick Fanning's rejects will be hanging around).
And while this may not be new advice to a lot of people, sometimes I need to reaffirm the little voice in my head, and the big voice that is my financial advisor.
And don't try to convince that Pinterest will fill the gap...I need the local coffee (preferably Croatian) to cement the experience.