5 Inspiring Destinations Every Designer Should Visit

April 28, 2016

9:00 pm

As a designer, inspiration can be found just about anywhere. From an interesting pen sitting on your coworker’s desk to the city view from your window at home, it’s likely that you find inspiration in a lot of random places throughout the day. You also might have noticed that the new environments you visit while on vacation seem to boost that inspiration tenfold. Whether you’re a global traveler or a staycation enthusiast, chances are your getaways have inspired some awesome work.

If you’ve got a traveling bucket list, it might be worth your time to add some of the most artistically inspiring destinations to your list to give your work a serious kick-start. Here are some of the most amazing places for a designer to spend their next trip!

1. The Great Barrier Reef: Queensland, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the only living thing on Earth that is visible from outer space. The coral reef system is made up of 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. According to the World Wildlife Foundation, 1,500 species of fish, 134 species of sharks and rays, six species of marine turtles, and over 30 species of marine mammals call the Great Barrier Reef home.

Whether you choose to view this natural wonder from above water, or dive right in for snorkeling or scuba diving, the unique views are sure to pique your artistic interests. Lonely Planet offers a pretty solid guide for those of you considering this destination for your upcoming travels.

2. Lavender Fields: Provence, France

The lavender fields located in Provence, France is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. The fragrant fields here bloom during June, July, and August each year around the Mont-Ventoux.

As a designer, the vibrant colors and unique crop configurations might catch your eye first, however, the amazing activities like fine French dining and wine tasting are sure to make your stay in Provence as entertaining as it is inspiring.

3. Skatefall Park, Iceland

Skatefall Park is home to some of the most incredible landscapes on the planet. The park measures 4800 square kilometers and is surrounded by glacial rivers, black desert sands, and the Vatnajökull Ice Cap. Each breath taking figure in the park has been formed by the constant battle between fire and water.

Campgrounds are made available for park travelers. These campgrounds also serve as the base for several hiking trailheads that lead to some of Iceland’s most famed landmarks including the Svartifoss (Black fall) and the blue glacier lagoon. The best part is, Skatefall is known for its warm climate. You can find more info on Skatefall Park and other amazing Iceland attractions here.

4. Santorini, Greece

Santorini is a crescent-shaped group of islands located in the southernmost part of Cyclades. According to Greece travel experts, the islands of Santorini came into existence through volcanic activity that eventually caused the collapse of the central part of the volcano, and created a large crater.

Aside from the crystal clear waters and gorgeous Greek architecture, Santorini is known for its unique volcanic beaches. The volcanic beaches feature deep blue waters with sand of varying colors including white, black, and red. The rock formations found at these beaches are also a breath taking detail that add to Santorini’s unparalleled appeal.

5. Rice Terrace Fields: Longsheng, China

The Longsheng Rice Terraces are terraced fields built along a slope that winds from the Longsheng river bottom to the mountain top. In the spring, the terraces are filled with water. The terraces then grow layers of rice shoots in the summer, rice in the fall, and frost in the winter. The majority of the terraced fields were built about 650 years ago.

The terraces are also commonly referred to as the “Longi” (dragon’s back) rice terraces as their unique structure resembles the scales of a dragon. Watching the sun reflect off of the glowing water of the patty fields is a feast for any creative mind. You can find out more about where and how tourists can visit the rice fields here.

Whether you’ve found yourself in a bit of a creative rut, or are simply looking for a getaway to ignite your creativity, a visit to one of these destinations on your next trip is sure to do the trick. If you have an inspiring destination in mind that you’d recommend to your fellow design community, I’d love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments below.

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Cosette is a freelance writer and digital lifestyle expert with the goal of helping readers simplify life and work using affordable tech tools and apps. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, snowboarding, and traveling.

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