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Britton Perelman is a writer, photographer, and storyteller based in Los Angeles, California.

 

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As someone who would rather avoid human interaction, I am often drained by solo travel. I spend a lot of time being within and without. For an introvert, solo travel can be exhausting, but it can also be incredibly rewarding in other unexpected ways. But, if you embrace that aloneness, travel can impact you in ways you never could have imagined.

Roll credits and cue you leaving the theater, muttering something like, “Dammit, the book was so much better.” Familiar, right? That’s happened far too many times than it should have, I’m sure. And that’s the rampant problem with adaptations — more often than not, they just don’t compare to their paperback counterparts. 

The eventuality of its disappearance makes the place all the more beautiful. The water rises, but the city doesn’t. There’s this sense of mystery, of something waiting to be found. Maybe just around the corner, or down the next alleyway. It emanates from the gondolas slipping gently through the water and the boats that hurry down the Grand Canal.

The Beauty In Revisiting Places: Five Days In London With My Sister

By experiencing a place with someone new, you get to watch as they pick up on things you don’t, as they view the world in a completely different way. That’s what I got to do when I returned to London for a third time, and I was lucky enough to be joined by my younger sister, Alison. Though we’ve both traveled extensively, we’d never done so together — our only joint “travel” experiences were family vacations.

Maybe it came to you in the shower, or on a train, or while you were trying to fall asleep on the eve of an important meeting. Maybe it’s a glimmer of plot, the outline of several characters, or the perfect closing line of dialogue. Whatever shape your story idea takes, there’s a simple way to figure out if you should be writing a 120-page screenplay or the pilot in what you hope will be a long-running series.