Those familiar with Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way will understand the concept of "filling the well". Julia recommends a weekly "artist's date", to renew the supply of images and inspiration used up as we go about creating things. I think of this as fuelling of creative fire.
A trip to unfamiliar shores is like an extended artist's date, and I'm recently back from three weeks in Spain and Portugal. I won't inflict our tourist snaps on you, but I will say that to lovers of art, history and architecture Spain is a goldmine.
One of the things I cherish about such a trip is a break from the familiar. I took very few art supplies; aside from travelling carry-on, who has time to create when there is so much to see? I made a small journal to capture travel moments, itinerary details, etc. and took a black drawing pen thinking that a Zentangle would make good airplane amusement. I collected lots of ephemera and will make a travel journal with some of the pictures my husband took.
Here's a Zentangle from my journal: