Why traveling internationally helps me as a writer.
View/hear a YouTube of the Lake Kivu singing fishermen.
I’m very thankful to have the privilege of traveling out of the United States. I’ve come to realize there are various benefits as a writer in my travels.
I want to make it clear: I travel for the purpose of sharing about my personal faith in Jesus. Going to the “hard places” (i.e. difficult to reach, tough conditions, great physical/spiritual needs example: Democratic Republic of Congo, the neediest place I’ve ever seen) always softens my heart. I learn much more from new friends in these countries than I could ever teach them.
Here are a few benefits I see as a writer:
1. Traveling abroad always gives me Perspective on Life. I see the world in a new way. I see myself in a new way. I return with much greater appreciation of the freedom and opportunities I have as an American.
2. Traveling abroad provides Perspective on my writing. I step back from the canvas and can “see” my current work in a new light. Where I’ll be for the next 2 weeks (Congo and Rwanda) has very limited and slow internet, little phone service, and no TV in English. I don’t take my laptop. It’s a chance to step back, refresh, and reflect.
I always return with a journal full of ideas and a clearer mind about the writer I want to be.
3. Traveling is a great way to hear/see new stories in a new culture. I’ve come to believe that human nature is very similar throughout the world. A story from Ethiopian or Honduran culture is just as powerful as a story from Cajun, Piney Woods, or Southern culture.
I go to help.
I go to learn.
I always come back fuller.
My goal is this trip is “Return with an empty suitcase and a full heart.”
On the journey,
I’ll be blogging (as possible) on my trip at http://www.creekbank.net.
Your prayers are so appreciated.