Dining on pasta in the spaghetti-like streets of Rome or hiking into the majestic hills of Machu Picchu could actually make you more creative, according to a new study from the University of Florida.
Drawing on results from students who have studied abroad, those that plan to study abroad and those that have no plans to study overseas, the study concludes that those who had been abroad outperformed the other groups on creative thinking tasks. The study found that those that went abroad generated ideas that were higher in quality and more unique on both general and culture-specific measures of creativity.
Inspiration and creativity comes from within but draws from observations and experiences. So take any opportunity to travel when you can. Experiences, especially foreign ones, help you see things from a different perspective and help spur the creative process.