For the past week, my head and heart have been filled to the brim with inspiration from Mother Nature. I just returned from a trip to Hawaii, the land of Polynesian mythology, bizarre flora, and jaw-dropping scenery. My last international trip was to Mexico in November of 2016 (yes, I realize Hawaii isn't international, but it sure feels like it!). Ten months is too much time between vacations in my opinion. I lose the momentum of feeling inspired, refreshed, and energized. So, how often should one travel to keep those feelings coming? I'm sure it's different for everyone, but for me, I need it often. I crave it. It keeps me fresh. Even if the destination is just a couple of hours on a plane, it breathes new life into... well, my life.
WHY TRAVEL IS IMPORTANT
Where was your last trip? Did you learn anything? Do you get that warm fuzzy flash back when you do something that reminds you of a recent trip? Traveling helps you relax, breathe, release, think, observe, and learn new things. You get to experience culture, history, and food both unexpected and new. You gain a better understanding of how other people live, and you learn a little perspective. It can even be humbling at times, and sometimes it drags you out of your comfort zone. Even the simple act of ordering food in a new language can stimulate parts of your mind you didn't know were there. It's fun, it's scary, it's what travel is all about.
Puerto Vallarto, Mexico Finding unique treasures from the street vendors was my favorite experience about this trip!
From a design standpoint, experience from travel can be a wonderful source for ideas. Seeing how a different culture puts together a space first-hand helps me dream up new design solutions. And it's not just me who finds inspiration from travel--I love it when my clients ask me to use an object from their travels in a design or ask me to weave one of their travel experiences into a project.
Mondrian Hotel, South Beach. I loved visiting all of the boutique hotels around Miami and South Beach!
Travel experience can be an incredible platform for creating some killer interiors. It builds character and personal depth; it inspires us to go beyond the expected and past current trends.
When I lived in Vermont, Montreal was only an hour away so I was lucky to get to visit this beautiful, old European feeling city.
Travel is about curiosity, adventure, and the unknown. It will leave its mark on you.
Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada Me hugging a totem pole. This is where I skied for the first time ever!
Of course, travel is also about sharing that experience with others so they might be inspired.
Milford Sound, New Zealand. The landscape in New Zealand is breathtaking. You feel like you're on another planet.
Next week, I'll show you what I was inspired by on my Hawaiian adventure...
Places I haven't been that are next on my list: Morocco, Japan, and Marfa, Texas.
Where are you going next?
Holly Hickey Moore is a boutique interior design firm specializing in full-service interior design, project management, consulting, and purchasing services. Located in Dallas, Texas, Holly works on residential renovations and new construction, vacation homes, and boutique-style hospitality projects nationwide.