The Traveling Writer: Alaska Edition

Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art. – Freya Stark

As a novelist where do you gather reference for environment building? My answer used to be, “Google for inspiration.” However, traveling to multiple countries has enhanced my outlook. Exploring new cities, states, or countries create immense opportunity for inspiration. My most recent destination to Alaska has given me a very special opportunity to explore another new land and be moved in new ways. I will move forward on a more brilliant and blossomed path because I have seen the horizon of new lands.

Everything in Alaska is wild, untouched, preserved, and breathtakingly beautiful. It is the perfect place to write. Inspiration is everywhere. Bald eagles soar the skies perching atop mile-high trees, whales breach the ocean with power and magnificence, mountains defy the horizons with carved cliffs and waterfalls, while glaciers with crystal perfect shades of blue rest alongside ocean and land. I was compelled to absorb the limitless beauty and bottomless envy that is Alaska. Although the following pictures capture only a thimble of Alaska’s vast expanse, they show how this place possesses more wonder than I imagined.

If you find yourself starving for inspiration my advice would be, “Travel!” Even within your current city there are places to explore. River walks, parks, uptown, downtown, around the outskirts of town… Is there a part of your city you haven’t explored? There’s gotta be! Dare to go where you haven’t been before.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – St. Augustine

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