Even if your story doesn’t involve jet-setters traveling the globe, your characters should have histories, and some of that might be traveling! Whether it’s a young woman who regrets spending her spring break senior year in Florida instead of France, or a retiree who sells his house to cross the country in an RV, most people have been somewhere other than their hometown at some point in their lives. Or they want to!
- If they take vacations, how often? For how long? Where to they prefer to go–to visit family, or to see interesting sights?
- If they don’t take vacations, why not? Tied to home by responsibilities, lacking the funds? Not interested, or scared to travel?
- Where have they been, and how did it affect them? What did they learn from the experience?
- Where would they like to go? What appeals to them about that place?
- Do they travel alone? With family? Friends? Weekend getaways with their lover?
- How do they prefer to travel–planes, to get there fast? Trains or long road trips, to enjoy the journey? Cruises, to get away from it all for a while?
- Souvenirs–to buy or not to buy? Do they overspend on whatever looks good, or limit their purchases carefully? Do they collect certain items wherever they go? Do they have a long list of things to bring home for their loved ones?
- When they get home, are they ready to be home, or did they want to stay longer?
I hope this helps you think about what past experiences or future travel plans shape your characters. Be inspired and have fun with these!