BE A COLOUR - HUNTER
1 CHASE SUNRISE AND SUNSET
Catch Mother Nature in all her glory at least once in every country you visit. Find a comfy spot (wrap up warm, sunrise can be a chilly affair) and wait for the firey glow of the sun to emerge, then savour the shades all around you as the sky brightens up and vicinity awakens. Sunset too is a sight to behold.
2 PEOPLE WATCH
Whether you opt for a spot of café culture, sipping a cappuccino alfresco in a town square or prefer to go on a stroll – keep your eyes open for local fashion. There are many destinations synonymous with their character-filled fashions, like the quirky rainbow-hued Harajuka district in Japan to the lesser-known hill tribes of Northern Thailand where vibrant traditional woven fabrics characterise the wardrobes of locals.
3 SEARCH OUT STREET ART
Urban artists have long defined the character of an area. Observe bold colours juxtaposed against striking illustrations and look closely at the shapes and shades of fonts. Destinations worth seeking out are Bethlehem where the area around Banksy’s The Walled Off Hotel is rife with political grafitti, Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, home to the largest street mural in the world and Shoreditch, in London.
4 WANDER LOCAL MARKETS
An essential part of any trip, visiting a market will invigorate all your senses – sights, sounds and smells. Whether you find a fruit and vegetable market piled high with a multitude of colourful produce, or seek out a traditional crafts market, you’ll find creative inspiration in every corner. Explore the bustling souks of Marrakech, Morocco where you can marvel at the spice markets and take a trip to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, one of the oldest markets in the world and home to a multitude of patterned ceramics.
5 ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDINGS
Increasingly destinations are gaining a reputation for their Instagrammability, thanks to their curious architecture. Tobermory in Scotland became famous after its rainbow houses inspired the children’s television series Balamory. In Italy colourful architecture draws hoards of bloggers to the rainbow streets of Burana, while Taiwan is home to a Rainbow Village. If blue is a favourite pigment of yours then add these to your bucketlist: Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India; Chefchaouen in Morocco; and the Spanish town of Juzcar, known as The Village of the Smurfs.