At an early age, the travel bug bit me hard. The overpowering need to get out and see the world is really hard for some of us to shake. But reality tends to hit us when we find a community, a career, or a family that likes to keep us rooted in one place.
With that said, it’s fun to think of ways we can satisfy that wanderlust without actually leaving. These are just some of the things I do when I just can’t buy that ticket yet.
Compulsively check airline prices
Half of the fun is planning a trip, which is why I spend a lot of my time just dreaming of all the places I could go. There are endless amounts of sites and apps to check, but I like Skyscanner’s ease of use and the “anywhere” option when picking your destination. Getting a good deal on a plane ticket feels similar to gambling—oh the thrill of not knowing when exactly to hit that “book” button!
Read travel guides and blogs
This is an obvious one. So many people suffer from wanderlust that it’s no surprise that there’s a never-ending amount of material to study in regards to planning that next trip. Even if I never go, I get totally caught up in reading about random spots around the world. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll find myself on Socotra Island in Yemen or a Raccoon Cafe in Seoul! No harm in learning more.
In this modern age of excess information, there’s no end in sight to how much there is to see and do in this world—it can be hard to remember it all! I have a dry-erase world map hanging on my wall where I write my most immediate bucketlist on. There are bucketlist apps to experiment with or just keep a good ol’ hand-written list. I do love lists! 😉
Take a daytrip near your home
Sometimes we forget to embrace that travel-state-of-mind in our everyday life. Something as simple just walking around a new neighborhood helps those routine-blues. Try a market you’ve never been to or that weird new restaurant down the street. If you have a free weekend, research places nearby you could camp at or stay overnight. You’d be surprised what new things you can find just a short distance away.
Go to a Couchsurfing event in your city
If you haven’t jumped on Couchsurfing.com yet, I highly recommend doing so. Not only can you surf people’s couches and have amazing cultural exchanges all around the world, but there’s probably a fun event this week in your own city where you can meet others who are trying to satisfy their wanderlust too. Hosting is also a surefire way to feel like you’re traveling without leaving your home!
Read a book set in a country you’d like to visit
There’s a reason why people encourage reading—it transports you to different places! Sparking your imagination and curiosity can be one of the most valuable things about travel, and reading does the same thing. Two of my American favorites, Mark Twain and Bill Bryson, have a lot of differences, but a common theme—exploration.
Keep in contact with people around the world
If you’ve ever been abroad, you’ve probably made some worldly friends. If there’s one thing Facebook is good for, it’s for reminding you that you probably do have connections all over the world. If not, I highly recommend jumping on travel or pen pal sites. Looking at old travel photos is good too. 🙂
Learn another language
For picking up a new language, there are great resources and apps to play with, such as the well-liked Duolingo. Taking a class at a community college nearby is even better! There are also Skype exchanges where you connect with someone in another country and by just simply chatting with each other, you learn each other’s language by proxy.
Watch a good travel show or movie
An Idiot Abroad, anyone? It’s so fascinating to witness other people’s adventures and see on the screen places you’ve been or want to go. One of my biggest guilty pleasures is watching all 29 seasons of The Amazing Race. Comment below on your favorite movies or TV shows on travel! Keep the ideas coming for fellow wanderlusters!
Drink wines from around the world
You didn’t think I’d miss the opportunity to share another one of my favorite past-times with you, did you? Hillersden wines are obviously a good place to start, as with each sip it will transport you to their remote New Zealand mountain valley. Same could be said for food. You could plan a “transport dinner” and accompany it with the corresponding region’s drink that it’s known for!
Do you have other things you do to satisfy your wanderlust?