The first entries for “Creative Adventures”, on Google are for a bunch of summer holiday camps and art classes…for kids. There’s lantern making, weaving, painting and exploring. That (still) sounds pretty fun to me- but it really struck me that the importance of learning through play and adventure is emphasised much more when you’re little.
Booking a ticket to the Alt Summit conference in America was a leap for me. The furthest I’ve travelled for an event like this was a jaunt down to London…and even then folks are usually surprised that I’ve travelled from Scotland. Sure, it costs money and it takes time- but for me- travelling to have these experiences has always been totally worth it. The chance to take a little time out to learn alongside like minded people and to build relationships offline has created opportunities for me in ways that I would have never expected.
Kat Molesworth (one of the founders & directors of Blogtacular– the creative conference I usually attend in London) and I have become good friends over the years so I was excited that we were going to be travel buddies for the trip.
We’ve been on blog trips together before and we’re a pretty good team- and on a trip like this- that’s super important. We’re both on the same page when it comes to hunting high and low for the most colourful Instagram spots and delicious brunches. And when we have to spend an hour in the evening tapping away at our phones for work- it’s cool.
So what does a Creative Adventure look like to me? Let me start by saying that California is a total dream (and Mr Biscuit and I are heading back there this summer for our own exploits) but you don’t need to travel across the globe to get your brain into creative play mode. Everyone has their own ideals for creative adventure, but for me- I love taking photographs; trying different food and getting a little bit lost in a new place. All of this alongside the promise of learning new skills from professionals in the US blog scene made for the perfect creative retreat. Here’s how we did that on this trip.
You may not live nearby to your Instagram chums, so taking a trip with like-minded pals means that you can laser-focus yourselves on filling up your insta-bank with amazing content. Even just having someone (hello, human tripod pal!) to take a photo with you in it can make all the difference in mixing up your feed. Work together and make the most of your time on photo missions.
Food in California
Kat and I met on twitter and realised that we were going to get along after we spent the afternoon tweeting each other photographs of burgers. Needless to say, meat sandwich-based meals are always high on our list of priorities when we spend time together!
I love to experiment in the kitchen, so I always feel super inspired to get creative with ingredients after a trip away. I think I’ve almost mastered the DIY Eggslut Bacon, Egg & Cheese, but the secret to excellent home Churros still alludes me.
Exploring & Getting Lost
While planned photo shoots and organised adventures are fun- I often find that some of my favourite moments happened by chance. I’m pretty much addicted to google maps when I’m abroad- as I’ll usually research the places that I want to go in advance. It’s important to go with the flow too though…getting a little bit lost in a new place can be fun sometimes!
The conference sessions were super varied and I chose to attend several on Youtube and video development after launching my Youtube channel and started Vlogging late last year.
I didn’t take many photographs during the conference sessions- as I was usually too busy scribbling down notes (or learning new dance moves, if we’re getting technical about The Alison Show‘s keynote) and I finished each day feeling inspired and ready to use my newfound knowledge to drive my creative passions forward.
One thing I’ve learned about attending creative conferences- is that I feel that I get as much value from the organised workshop and keynote sessions as I do from the breaks in between. I mean- I really enjoy eating lunch (who doesn’t?) but chatting with peers about our work and lives as creatives, sharing our experiences and making friends with folks in real life? To me, that’s the best.
Kat and I both vlogged our trips- you can watch Kat’s via her channel here
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How do you recharge your creative batteries? I’m always on the lookout for new ideas- leave me a comment with yours.