Today you’re a travel writer. You know the benefits of venturing to unknown places, catching new aromas of food never explored, and seeing sights with fresh eyes. Your senses explode with excitement and no doubt, creative mojo.
If you’re wondering if I mistakenly submitted this post to Inspire a Fire instead of Psychology Today, rest assured this is no mistake. After all, is there any destination more traveled, more wondrous, awe-inspiring, or rewarding than that of the heart?
It’s for this reason I encourage you to consider traveling to the heart through what you do best, writing. Below you’ll find a few ideas to try, but being the creative person that you are, I’m sure you’re already way ahead of me. (I hope to hear from you in the comment section!)
Three Routes to Try in February:
- Take small slips of paper and on each slip, write one thing you love about that person, a favorite memory that you both share, or a specific way that person has impacted your life. Fill a container (I love Mason jars!) with the slips of paper; tie a tag explaining how the recipient is to remove and read one slip each day for the month of February, or whatever length of time you choose. (For bonus points: Sprinkle a layer of rose petals on the bottom of the jar. As they begin to dry, the slips of paper will become immersed with their scent.) Okay, maybe I should have submitted this to Good Housekeeping, but let’s continue.
- You’re a travel writer. Draw a map that pinpoints your relationship milestones. Be as colorful and creative as possible. To top it off, plan a mini-getaway to a restaurant or particular place where one of your milestones took place, if possible. (Or take a parent or grandparent to their hometown.)
- You are a trained observer. Plan to travel to a place you both love, whether it’s just for an afternoon or for an entire weekend. The theme? Love, of course! Go on an expedition to find all the things you love about that place. Engage those five senses. Take pictures, journal about your time together.
You know that the heart of another is sometimes the most difficult destination of all to reach. But isn’t this what makes the journey all the more valuable?
Let us enjoy the greatest adventure of all—love⎯this month, and every month to come.
“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi
How about you? Are you willing to try one of the above ideas, or do you have a love-related writing idea to share? I’d love to hear from you!