What are some of the most inspirational travel destinations for young, aspiring writers?
Somewhere uncomfortable---where there are dingy hotel rooms----and loose women---or men---and make sure you are lonely too---
I completely disagree. Go somewhere with lots of scenery and history. It sparks ideas for writing. Think Paris and London. Somewhere where old meets new. Be comfortable. You'll enjoy it more and writing will come more easily.
I was brought close tears sitting in John Steinbeck's house with a glass of wine in Salinas, CA. I had no idea it was possible to go inside and no idea that they have a little tea room there where people dressed in the style of the day serve visitors. And then there was the Steinbeck museum. Save a whole day for that! However, possibly the best places on your journey will be in seedy hotels you might stay in. The drama of life is all there. I myself would like to visit the Chelsea Hotel in NY if it's still there. That's the one that Leonard Cohen sings about where all the poets and artists in the 60s hung out: "I remember it well, the Chelsea Hotel..." I once graded essays with a guy who stayed there with Stockard Channing and whoever else was there at the time. It seems as if it must have been a very synergistic place. If you love the ocean, come to southern California - Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, - watch the surfers. I saw my first surfer up close at age 58 and thought "How in the world did it take me this long..." Most importantly of all, take a road trip - maybe even all by yourself. Pretty soon the word "aspiring" drops off of a young writer's description of himself or herself. And that's a very good day.
I'm with travellingvagrant on this one. Places where there is a good mix of old and new are really inspirational. I'd recommend travelling in Italy or Spain - also great for gaining a sense of the romantic.
I always think to myself that, honestly, it depends what the young aspiring writer is inspired by! Someone ispired by history will have a ball in a location with a lot to discover, while someone inspired by nature might find a retreat into the wilderness the most inspiring trip ever. And, of course, if you're inspired by fellow people, then go somewhere with as many people to meet as possible! It may sound slightly cheesy, but I think it's true.
I would say Nairobi in Kenya would certainly give you a few good stories to write about, there always seems to be something dramatic unfolding there!
I think anywhere new is inspiring. When you surround yourself with things different from your everyday norm, the ideas start to flow. (This is why I love travel writing!) The perfect location is going to depend on the individual though. My two favorite places so far in my young, traveling life have been Paris, France and Cannon Beach, Oregon.
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