Traveling is one of the many things that reveal creative people’s knack of finding inspiration from anywhere. There are things to be explored and discovered that may become great fodder for interesting stories. But there are cities that literary fans will surely love. Here are some of the top travel destinations that will inspire the writer and reader in you.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Top reasons to visit: Home to Jorge Luis Borges influential in popularizing South American fiction, the city’s literary vibe, a place where famous writers like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Pablo Neruda once lived, cafes where writers and literary fans hang out

Dublin, Ireland
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Top reasons to visit: UNESCO City of Literature, the Book of Kells, Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, Dublin Writers Museum, the James Joyce Centre, National Library of Ireland, the Old Library at Trinity College

Edinburgh, Scotland
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Top reasons to visit: UNESCO City of Literature, home to many famous writers, rich in literary history, Surgeon’s Hall Museum, Writer’s Museum, literary pub tour, book lovers’ tour, the Potter trail, see some of the locations for popular literary films and TV shows

Kyoto, Japan
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Top reasons to visit: Birthplace of one of Japan’s best known writers Haruki Murakami, literary route following the footsteps of Japanese writers who found inspirations in the ancient capital, Philosopher’s Walk, visit the grave of the author of the Tale of – Genji Lady Murasaki Shikibu, historic attractions that have literary connections, and breathtaking scenery that continue to inspire artists and writers from around the world

London, UK
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Top reasons to visit: A city featured in many great literary works, the British Library, Charles Dickens Museum, Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9¾, Pillars of Hercules, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sherlock Holmes Museum, The George Inn, bookshops at the Charing Cross Road, literary pub crawl

Melbourne, Australia
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Top reasons to visit: UNESCO City of Literature; plethora of writers, bookshops, libraries, literary monuments; literary festivals, book fairs

Paris, France
Paris
Top reasons to visit: The City of Light has been immortalized in many great literary works, a city where many famous literary figures have once lived and worked, Bouquinistes along the Seine, Cimetière du Père-Lachaise to visit the tombs of Balzac, Oscar Wilde, Proust, and French playwright Molière among others; Cimetière du Montparnasse to see the tombs of Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, and Susan Sontag; Les Éditeurs, Maison de Victor Hugo, Proust’s Bedroom, literary bars and cafes

Prague, Czech Republic
Prague
Top reasons to visit: Home to many literary figures most famous of which is Franz Kafka, numerous bookshops and libraries, Kafka Museum, Tynska Literary Café and other literary cafes

St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg
Top reasons to visit: City featured in several literary works of Russian writers like Dostoevsky, Gogol , and Turgenev among many others; literary museums, artist’ and writers’ haven

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Hitting the proverbial wall can be exasperating. The thing is that it can happen anytime to anyone. It stalls the creative process. You could be an artist, a designer, writer, or someone doing work that requires constant tapping into your creativity. Finding whatever it is that boost your creativity and get creative ideas flowing is an important life skill. It can keep you inspired and motivated to climb over walls you may find yourself up against from time to time. Here are some tips on how to improve creativity and get your creative juices flowing when you start feeling least creative.

Step back. Stop whatever it is that you are doing. There is no use staring into the wall waiting for inspiration to arrive. You have to do something, not do something, or do something else to find it. Taking a breather can be good for your mind and body. Even a 10 to 15 minute break takes your mind off what frustrates you. It can shift your attention to other things that may prove to be sources of inspirations.

Quite your mind. This approach follows the Buddhist wisdom of emptying your cup. It is essentially about clearing or unblocking your mind. One reason you may have hit a creativity block is that you have a lot of thoughts and ideas running in your head. Calming and clearing your mind is one of the many ways to get your creative juices flowing.

Refresh by catching up some sleep. Many studies have shown that sleep can affect your physical and mental health. Lack of sleep can leave you feeling tired and uninspired, which can affect your creativity. Make sure that you get quality sleep so you have the mental clarity and the energy to get your creative juices flowing.

Get some exercise. Exercise like running provides change of pace and scenery. An hour or 30 minutes of physical activity can boost your creativity. Exercise rejuvenates your mind and body. It is an effective way to clear mental cobwebs and reenergize your body. This is probably why many creative and highly successful people are into different types of sports such as running, triathlon, and many more.

Do something different. Side projects give you something else to do when you hit a creative wall. Doing something new or different can also exercise your brain. It diverts your attention in a more productive way.

Keep a journal. Always have a notepad or notebook with you. A lot of great and highly creative ideas appear when you least expect them. Write down your thoughts and do not edit yourself. Make your notebook a record of free-flowing ideas. You might be surprised just how much creative materials or projects you can launch from thoughts that came out of the blue.