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How to Satisfy Your Wanderlust When You Can’t Travel

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Whether it’s lack of vacation time or limited funds, there are lots of things in life that can keep you from traveling when you so desperately want to.  But just because you can’t physically go anywhere, doesn’t mean that you can’t still find ways to satisfy your wanderlust.  Here are the ways that I satisfy my travel obsession when I’m stuck at home.

Plan your next trip
So, you can’t go on vacation, but you can start planning your next trip.  There’s something about looking up costs, hotels, flight schedules, and exciting things to do in different cities that can get you so excited, even when you’re bored at home.  Plus, when you do have the opportunity to take a trip, you’ll already have most of it already planned out!

Watch travel shows/videos
I love watching HGTV’s House Hunters International so much, that I actually have my DVR set to auto-record episodes.  I just love exploring different cities from the comfort of my living room.  Watching travel shows is a great way to temporarily satisfy your urge to travel.  Sometimes seeing beautiful travel destinations from your couch makes you feel like you’re actually there, but without the expense of actually making the trip.

Hang out in the travel section at the local bookstore
Books, books, and more books!  I’ve been spending a lot of time at the bookstore lately, and let me tell you, there are a ton of awesome travel books.  You can literally grab a book off the shelf and keep yourself entertained for hours.  I really like perusing the shelves in the travel section at the bookstore because it’s a great way to discover new places to add to my bucket list and learn more about destinations that I’ve already visited.

Read travel blogs and travel websites
I’m sure you knew that this one was going to be on the list. hehe.  Reading travel blogs (like this one – yay!) and visiting travel websites such as AfarCondé Nast Traveler, and Airbnb are great ways to get completely sucked into the world of travel.  Looking at the beautiful photos, reading details about potential travel destinations, and even getting the insider scoop into things to do, can really set your wanderlust on fire.  

Explore your own city
There are so many things in the city that you’re in right now waiting to be explored.  From new restaurants, to hidden shops, to exhibits for local artists and musicians, there are many things for you to discover.  During those times when you can’t jet set, try local travel and explore what’s right in your own backyard – you may be pleasantly surprised with what you may find.

Join a travel meet up/networking group
I just love meeting new people – and I especially love meeting new people that share my love for exploration and travel.  I’ve discovered that there are SO many local meetup groups around the world that are geared toward travel, speaking foreign languages, and even travel blogging.  It’s so cool to get together with like minded people on a regular basis and build a network of contacts that you can learn from.  People from diverse backgrounds, some from foreign lands, others who have ventured to more countries than you could ever imagine.  Learning from one another is so fun and can definitely pacify your wanderlust.

How about you?  How do you satisfy your wanderlust? 

How to Satisfy Your Wanderlust When You Can’t Travel


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    Tee @ Beauteeful Living
    February 4, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I love watching HGTV House Hunters Intern’l too! This is a great list that I follow as well since traveling afar isn’t always possible when you have young ones. My favorite is just traveling to nearby towns. Road trips are always fun!

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    February 4, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    These are great trips! I unfortunatley don’t have a lot of time to travel. With three young kids, an opposite schedule to DH, travel is the last thing on our minds. I love watching shows like House Hunters etc. and dream constantly of my next vacation!

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    Miles L.
    February 4, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I always love traveling but due to financial constraints, I have to limit traveling. I always watch travel shows and even documentaries to assuage my hunger for travel. The local bookstores are also helpful in keeping me updated.

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    Heather Lawrence
    February 5, 2016 at 8:21 am

    We explore our own city quite a fair bit! Actually about a month ago we found the coolest little tequila bar that we didn’t expect to find and the food was amazing! Thought I have to admit.. I am itching to bury my feet in some tropical sand!

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    February 5, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I love the idea of planning my trip even though I can’t go on it just yet. That is such a great idea and it sounds like so much fun! I think I will start doing that this weekend. I bet my daughter would enjoy picking out all of the places we could visit and eat at while getting away for a fun weekend or few days.

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    February 5, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Great tips! We enjoy traveling as well. We usually go to Vegas or on a cruise. I think we are long over due for another cruise.

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    February 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    These are great ideas! I love watching travel shows, especially the food ones like No Reservations. His new Parts Unknown one is good too! So great to see where people have been, and plan to go those places.

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    February 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    These are great ideas for getting your travel fix when you cant go on a trip! I especially love the suggestion of exploring your own city! There are always so many things to discover… srarting in your own back yard!

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    Yona Williams
    February 6, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I definitely like experiencing my own city…there is still so much that I have not checked out yet. Also, it’s fun to participate in all of the cultural events that take place annually. I also like reading travel blogs, especially the ones written by foodies. I learn so much from them.

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