Six tips to stay sane when you’re not able to travel

Are you a travel addict constantly longing to see the world but university, work or other responsibilities keep you tied to a location more than you’d like? My job keeps me busy, and I’ve luckily been able to take some work-related trips. But it’s just not the same as personal travel. It can be frustrating when all you want to do is book a flight, but you just can’t.

Getting back from a trip can be a similarly difficult situation. As soon as I make it home, I tend to automatically start a countdown to whenever my next trip is. Here’s a few ways to make it through periods of not traveling:

Traverse City, Michigan, Old Mission Peninsula

See more of your city. We usually don’t take the time to explore the city we live in unless we have friends or family to show around. Check out that new restaurant you’ve been meaning to get to. Visit different areas and neighborhoods. Try to see your city with an outsider’s eye. Enjoy your time at home and find the beauty and excitement around you every day.

Try something new. We can get so caught up in our daily lives we forget to really experience anything new. Change things up out of your normal. A few weeks ago, a friend and I went to a paint night at a local bar. It was such a fun, different night out for us. I’m definitely no artist, but it was nice doing something we don’t normally do.

Paint Night
Paint night at World of Beer.

Throw yourself into your hobbies. Staying busy can be a good thing, especially when your head is full of distant lands you can’t travel to yet. Put time into your hobbies, especially ones you don’t get to do as much when you’re traveling. Maybe even discover a new hobby. I started blogging after my travel-packed summer last year, and I didn’t have a personal trip planned for five months. Putting time into my blog helped make my travel-less spell more enjoyable and rewarding.

Be active. I’ve found when I’m feeling down, staying active helps improve my morale. Get outside and work up a little sweat. Go on walks or a bike ride. Take that new class offered at the gym. You don’t have to work out like a madman. Make exercising fun and enjoyable. The past month I’ve been taking walks or runs in different areas of my city: the river walk, art district, downtown, my apartment complex.

Chattanooga, TN, Rainbow Lake, hiking
Get outside and take a hike.

Catch up with friends and family. When we travel, especially for a long time, it can be hard to keep up with loved ones. Call them. Meet up for coffee. Have movie nights. Spend quality time with your friends and family whom you don’t get to see when you’re away.

Incorporate travel into every day. Bring your travel experiences home. Make a dish from a faraway place. Concoct unique drinks you discovered on your last trip to the beach. Read about the cultures of countries you’ve been to or are planning to explore. Write about your past travels in a journal or blog. There’s plenty of ways to integrate travel into your daily life.

Do you struggle making it through travel-less gaps? What do you do to stay sane?

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27 thoughts on “Six tips to stay sane when you’re not able to travel

  1. I love your blog post Kaylene! I absolutely agree with you: If you can’t go into the world, bring the world home to you through books, recipes, movies and by experiencing your home through the eyes of a traveler! Great article!

  2. Great tips! I’m currently living far from home but still have the travel bug. But have been in this new city for 2.5 years now and still haven’t discovered all the touristy things to do because life. definitely something to do!

  3. These are great tips. My husband and I put an moratorium on travel for a year and a half while I’m building my business and it’s torture! Hopefully some of these will get me by….thanks!

  4. Yes to all the tips! I especially love cooking a dish from a country I have fond memories of, it takes me back!

  5. sound like solid advice, we live in a small country town of 5000 so its a bit hard to be a tourist in out own town lol. We tend to head for the city when we can. I usually get straight home and get back to work to take my mind off and start mentally planning for our next trip. I like the tip about making a meal from somewhere you have been

  6. I love the advice to see your own city, and I expand that to my own state. We love to take different day trips to different beaches here in Florida, the springs, there’s so much to see!

  7. Definitely easy to go stir crazy a awaiting the next adventure! I always tried to be a weekend warrior when I was back home and made sure I got up to the mountains to hike and camp, one of my favorite cheap getaways to take the edge off.

  8. Love the idea of traveling in your own town or city. Would extend that further and invite people to eat a meal from a different part of the world. Combined with trying a new drink or cocktail, one can have an international/local experience. Great post!

  9. I think I take ‘throwing myself into my hobbies’ too far since setting up my blog! I can spend hours every day working on articles or joining discussions – but it really does help keep me *almost* sane until the next trip! Thanks for the other tips!

  10. Such great tips – just getting out for day trips or an afternoon with my girls or girlfriends holds me over until I can actually “get away”! Thanks for this!

  11. Yeah… whenever I’m not traveling I’m always looking at travel deals. It bugs me when there’s nothing to look forward to – my #1 tip is to book something and have something to look forward to. 🙂

  12. I actually started that this year to see more of Georgia. I am always flying back home to NY but decided when reallly missing home or just want to leave Georgia… why not just jump in the car and drive. cool read 🙂

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