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 Afar, Condé 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