How to Satisfy your Travel Urges Without Leaving Home
Having come back to the UK after four years of travelling around the world I often get asked how I deal with the dreaded post-travel blues and how to stay in the travel mindset to keep going.
It’s a tough question to answer and one I often ponder myself, I am sure many other travellers often do too. There is honestly no easy way to avoid the blues, especially if you are back for a significant amount of time.
What makes it harder is when you are required to stay at home due to COVID-19 and you can only dream of those pristine white sandy beaches. But, have no fear. Here are some ways you can satisfy your travel urges without leaving the comfort of your living room.
Immerse yourself in travel films
There is nothing better than settling down with some popcorn, your favourite drink and an evening full of adventure, suspense, love and travel to help get yourself motivated to go travelling and see the world.
With copious amounts of films out there to choose from, I would highly suggest:
- The Beach – Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio
- Eat Pray Love – Featuring Julia Roberts
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Featuring Ben Stiller
- Into the Wild – Featuring Emile Hirsch
- The Way – Featuring Martin Sheen
These films are bound to leave you wanting to travel the world or at least spark some wanderlust in your soul making you want more and book a flight to somewhere.
Join fellow travellers in online communities
Luckily you are not the only one suffering from the travel blues. You will find on social platforms such as Facebook, Lonely Planet, Instagram and Twitter that there are other travellers looking to keep their spirits and wanderlust alive.
This is a fantastic way to not only connect with like-minded individuals but also a good way of starting to plan your future trips, share advice, stories and maybe put some entrepreneurial ideas into practice.
Delve into travel books
Travel films are not the only way you can let your mind explore when your body can’t. To get your wanderlust juices flowing, there is no easier way than picking up The Beach by Alex Garland or Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and being whisked away to exotic lands packed with adventure. This is a great way to get new ideas for travel plans, learn about new cultures and even add some to your bucket list.
One book that helped me with the planning stages of travelling was ‘Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke’. Broken into three parts, the first section focuses on what to do and where. The second part dives into practical tips and advice on budgeting, hostels, and transportation, and the third section offers great ideas about extending your stay. Entertaining and informative, this lively guide also includes fun charts, graphs and 100 to 150 full-colour photos throughout.
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Why not start planning your next trip?
So, you may be stuck at home, but eventually, you will be able to venture out again and explore the big wide world. Why not make the most of this time and start planning your next big adventure?
I found that making lists of places I would love to go helped to get things off the ground and then I started looking at finances, ways to save more money, flights, insurance, accommodation, friends or partners who may want to come with me and working out a route chasing the sun.
There are many ways of getting inspiration such as Instagram, travel blogs, films, books, Pinterest and of course guidebooks.
While being at home can lead to a lot of boredom I have always found that planning trips — even for places I never end up going — is a great mental escape that helps me pass the time and occupy my mind.
Read some travel blogs
While you find, yourself at home and slowly running out of Netflix shows to watch. It is worth booting up your laptop, tablet or smart device and looking for some travel blogs to help fuel your desire to travel. The best part about blogs is that they are often written by full-time travellers and have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, advice and tips.
Not only that but, as the travel industry grinds to a halt during this pandemic, reading blogs helps you support those of us who rely on advertising as part of our income. So not only will you be getting lots of information but you’ll help keep bloggers from going under.
For some great travel blogs check out:
Binge a travel TV show
Who doesn’t love binge-watching a TV series until 3 am feeling no guilt or shame whatsoever? I know I certainly don’t while being stuck at home wanting something to do.
So why not turn your attention to some gripping, fascinating and sometimes downright strange shows which are out there for you to watch? Netflix, amongst other TV platforms, have an abundance of them such as:
- An Idiot Abroad – Featuring Ricky Gervais
- Dark Tourist – Featuring David Farrier
- The Amazing Race
- Lost – by J.J.Abrams
- Long Way Down – Featuring Ewan McGregor
- Planet Earth – Featuring Sir David Attenborough
Whether you are after a show about survivors on a mysterious island, incredible information about the world with life mixed in or just simply a guy making a fool of himself in different cultures – there is a bit of everything for everyone.
Be sure to check out my website Take The Leap Travel for more information and travel advice as well as my Instagram @explorewithlee and @taketheleaptravel.
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