New Yorker writer Andrew Marantz says “additive tourism” is travel to embellish the self — seeing new art, tasting new foods, hearing new music.
“Subtractive tourism,” he explains, is travel taken to remove distractions keeping you from yourself — attending a meditation retreat, visiting a spa, hiking in a national park.
Similar terminology can be used for day-to-day exploration to make our work and lives more lively, creative and rewarding.
Additive exploration is seeking out things to inspire you and embellish your creativity — trying ethnic restaurants, reading offbeat blogs, visiting new cities, enrolling in continuing education classes, talking with different people.
Subtractive exploration is finding and removing obstacles that block creativity — overcoming risk-aversion, putting aside excuses, eliminating self-doubt, ignoring devil’s advocates and others who criticize and condemn ideas.
Living a creative life and having fresh ideas calls for both additive and subtractive exploration.
Are you adding and subtracting?