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:
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.
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.
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?