I’ve developed a new addiction: long-distance train travel.
Travel has always been a source of inspiration and rejuvenation, but this latest kick has an added component: intense work on projects that I care about.
The latest: a trip from Portland, Oregon to Chicago, Illinois. During this trip I spent 90 hours on the train and 20 hours in Chicago.
I booked that trip because I wanted a mobile office where I could edit a bunch of videos for my latest course over at Verbal To Visual – How To Make Sketchnote Videos.
In the video above I try to capture why I enjoy working from trains so much.
It’s like a small-scale artist residency. I’m confined to the space of the train and the time of the trip but have unlimited inspiration when I look out the window.
I fell in love with long-distance train travel just seven months ago, during a trip from Portland down to L.A. to visit my brother. During that trip I made this video:
If I can manage a few of these trips each year, then not only will I be a happy man, I’ll be getting a shit ton of work done too.
Here’s hoping you can find the time and space to do the same.
September 9th, 2016