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Ameesha Raizada

Ameesha Raizada is an intern at Runway Square. She loves books and fashion, and fiddles with photography in free time..

Travel Recommendation // Best Places For Creative Rejuvenation

It is true that incessant hard-work, ambition and determination are the keys to success, but too little sleep, too much coffee and dwindling inspiration can often curse the creative curve. Far from the vacation spirit of tourists, creative professionals often crave rejuvenation and become intrepid travellers. The daily exploitation of the right side of the brain accompanied by the sensibility of the left while living in metropolitans to sustain bank accounts often leads to exhaustion of mental resources.

Once while working on a visual merchandising project burning away the midnight oil, I got stuck on an ergonomic turmoil. I wracked my brain for several hours going around the situation but derived no plausible solution. Dawn had arrived, so I decided to take a walk to see the sun coming up from behind snow-laden mountains. When I came back to the room, I somehow knew what needed to be done to counter the obstacle and progress swiftly through the project. Sometimes ‘relaxation’ is the ingredient we miss in the recipe for perfection.

After scuttling routinely through the wide expanse of grey, an overdose of nature can work wonders for the mind. Take a life-altering trip to Lahaul Spiti or trek through trails in Himachal Pradesh sipping hot chai while shivering due to the intensity of beauty, not the cold. Gazing deep into the green at peace, the mind of a designer will extensively spawn brilliant thoughts and ideas.

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Remember to keep a journal and a pencil with you at all times. With the most breathtaking views of mountains lined with terraced fields, Mù Cang Chải in Vietnam will calm your chaotic mind and when you come back to work after this exotic vacation, you’ll surely have a fresh start and your brainstorming sessions will be ingenious and inventive. Part-taking in activities of adventure, experience thrill climbing the Stok range in Ladakh: caress that one moment which empties your mind of all bothering thoughts and the fear that makes one realize the worth and values of human life.

If you crave exquisite beaches, head to Benagil Sea Cave in Algarve, Portugal for a tranquil holiday and staring into the depths of the water, the stimulation of design doctrines will be deeper, deeper than the shimmering ocean, or consider staring at another natural wonder, New Zealand’s Glowworm caves, the cosmos landed on earth with its abundance of bioluminescent larvae.

Remember the times when you’re writing a piece and suddenly the mind goes blank- no more words, no more thoughts on the subject? The writer’s block is the most fearsome malady to strike. During this time, you stare at the blinking cursor, typing, backspacing and re-typing nonsensical stuff. Fortunately, gathering inspiration might just be the only relief.

For cityscapes, visit Beijing which focuses on a creative economy and get involved in workshops and clusters to refresh your brain, or observe the scores of diverse people roaming around Leicester Square, London or while sitting on a pavement in Times Square, New York City, to create enveloping stories.

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The writers of fiction must decode the fairytale that the Isle of Skye, Scotland is. If the existence of other-worldly creatures is your tale, visit Socotra, an island of Yemen, entrusted with dragons-blood trees and your imagination is sure to take a hike!
Through personal experience, I’ve realized that the members of the fashion, film and music industry- designers, stylists, photographers- have the most back-breaking and hectic schedules, thus requiring the most phenomenal retreats. If instead of serene vacations, you need an enlightening outing, visit the cities which are a part of UNESCO’s creative cities network, and have an excellent time at international art and culture festivals. Berlin’s Design Mai, the Walk of Fashion and the Berlin Photography festival must top your bucket list, or Shanghai- to visit the very first film and music studios to come into
existence. The fervor of these travels will certainly galvanize interesting aftermaths.

For colorful eclectic fashion inspiration, one must visit Havana, which is also a treasure chest of typography, to observe the locals or wander the Arab states to taste grandiose. Textile designers must explore Dundee, Scotland, and Marrakesh, a part of western Morocco, to rendezvous through variable patterns, brewing contemporaries. Copenhagen is a real treat for graphic designers who love the trend of minimalism.

The thread of thoughts can be woven anywhere by those who love to not only see but also create beauty with the materials they possess. The students of architecture scrutinize modern cutting-edge and archaic structures alike. The exceptional art and science that goes into the making of an influential architecture is undeniably prodigious, for example, the incredible structures in Bilbao, Spain. Helsinki, Finland, and Curitiba, Brazil are two metropolitans which have strived to be innovative in space, design and development alike.

The thread of thoughts can be woven anywhere by those who love to not only see but also create beauty with the materials they possess. The students of architecture scrutinize modern cutting-edge and archaic structures alike. The exceptional art and science that goes into the making of an influential architecture is undeniably prodigious, for example, the incredible structures in Bilbao, Spain. Helsinki, Finland, and Curitiba, Brazil are two metropolitans which have strived to be innovative in space, design and development alike.

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A keen eye, a sharp pencil and the paper of the right GSM, or just a mind which recollects well visually and emotionally, can help creative professionals infuse the girth of their travel, relaxation and experiences in the metamorphosis of their work.

Ameesha Raizada is an intern at Runway Square. She loves books and fashion, and fiddles with photography in free time.

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