Travel as a mind-shifter: study links expat life with greater creativity
Good news for artists, writers, musicians, and other creative-types! If you need more incentive for extended travel, The Economist confirms what you (and Picasso, and Gauguin) might’ve suspected—living abroad boosts creativity.
I can definitely see the connection. Because the traveler likely finds new inspiration around every corner and often needs to wing it with a new language, he’s broadening and testing his creativity every day.
I think it’s worthwhile to note that the study tested problem-solving and negotiating. Creativity doesn’t have to be literally confined to painting or songwriting—it can take the shape of approaching a business problem differently.
The Economist makes the distinction that it’s not the annual two-week vacation that creates the mental shift—it’s living abroad (although the report doesn’t mention how long you need to live abroad).
What’s your experience been? Do you agree?