10 Tips for Creative Travelers

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

artist painting in cortona, italy with view over tuscany

Creative travelers need a way to capture their experiences!


Up until my first trip to Europe, art was my greatest love and passion. Then Travel charmed its way into my life and so ensued a jealous battle between the two.

Luckily I’ve learned that beautiful things happen when I combine them both. Sparks fly when I’m sitting on an ancient stone doorstep sketching the cobblestone street. Whether you call yourself an “artist” or not, getting creative during your travels will help you capture your experience and remember details you’d otherwise forget.


Here are 10 tips for every creative traveler from light sketchers to professional artists.

sketching in a a park in rome by a pond
  1. Buy a travel watercolor set. Plan a little bit of time in each place you visit to just sit somewhere quiet and try to capture the scene.

  2. Buy a small watercolor notebook where you record all these scenes. I can’t tell you how valuable those little sketches will be in a couple years looking back at the memories.

  3. Plan for quick creation. Carrying canvases and oils across continents is obviously not feasible. I like to bring pastels. They’re light to carry and it’s fast to lay down quick areas of color so you can get back to your walking tour. They are fragile, so put them between sheets of glassine or wax paper and store them in a file folder or protective notebook.

Bernini's statue of Apollo and Daphne with an artist's sketch

Taking the time to sketch this beautiful sculpture by Bern