All my life, I have been a wanderer and a creative. But somehow I have struggled to marry the two, incorrectly believing that I must be stationary and settled—preferably with an artist’s studio—to properly develop my creative practice and voice. While I have always found a way to be creative—be it functionally or aesthetically—my curiosity of various mediums and my all-or-nothing mentality has caused my creativity on the road to be more happenstance than intentional.
It is my desire to someday be a master of something—or even a few things—and to also live nomadically and travel extensively. While it can be difficult to develop a creative practice in an unstable environment, the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual nourishment that comes with a transient lifestyle is worthy of the challenge. Thus, I have committed myself to exploring and refining my creative expressions through simple and portable avenues, and to finding inspiration and clarity in the limitations.
Here, you will find a curated list of 30 ways to be creative on the road.
- Do blind contour drawings.
- Write poetry in the sand.
- Craft a collage from collected maps and guides.
- Keep an illustrated travel journal.
- Embroider a set of handkerchiefs.
- Make and send watercolor postcards.
- Practice penmanship or calligraphy.
- Keep a zentangle journal.
- Create found poetry.
- Write a letter by hand and doodle in the margins.
- Make a pop-up card or book.
- Fold an origami something.
- Paint with vegetable dyes.
- Plant love letters for strangers to find.
- Make block printing stamps out of potatoes, apples, celery, and more.
- Mend something you will wear while away.
- Find a bead shop and make a bracelet.
- Prepare a beautifully arranged meal.
- Knit or crochet a pair of socks.
- Learn to play the harmonica.
- Build rock piles or inukshuks.
- Write haikus by hand.
- Photograph found art within nature.
- Look for familiar creatures or objects in cloud formations.
- Develop your storytelling skills.
- Build a capsule wardrobe.
- Weave a small wall hanging.
- Draw on your napkin while dining out.
- Go to an art walk or poetry reading for inspiration.
- Make tiny anything you would make big.
In every moment there is an opportunity to be creative. How do you take creativity on the road with you?