We all come alive when we are traveling and experiencing new cultures and countries, and we know so well that familiar feeling when you’re about to head off somewhere new. But as mere mortals it’s not possible to be on the road 24-7. We have to go home in between trips, settle in a little and make sure to work just enough to save up enough cash to head back out. Amirite?
So what do you do when you have weeks after weeks at home, where everything is a routine and seemingly dull? I’ve got you covered, check out my top tips on how to survive those times in-between – when you’re not traveling!
Book a trip
This one might be a little tricky if you’ve just gotten home with an empty wallet, but at least you can start planning! Decide when your next adventure will be and most importantly where. Make sure you have the time home, make a savings plan and start browsing the internet for fun things you will do once you get there. I once read that humans are happier when we have something to look forward to (like our next vacay), and I know it’s true!
Count the days
I know this seems a bit counter-productive, but trust me – knowing exactly how many sleeps you have left will make the days less dreadful. From time to time you forget what number you’re on, and when you go to check you’ll often find yourself surprised that the number has gotten a lot smaller than the last time you counted!
Read travel blogs
I follow all my favourite travel blogs on Bloglovin’ (if I’m your favourite you can follow me by clicking the link in the sidebar), and reading about their adventures not only gives me tips and ideas for my future trips, it also makes the wait a little less unbearable. I’ll save posts about places I’m about to visit myself, and that way I’ll be able to revisit them when I’m about to head out on a trip.
This is some tough love. Just get off your ass and do something! I’m sure you’re back home right now because you, like the rest of the world, has responsibilities. If you’re lucky, like me, your responsibilities mainly include studying and keeping yourself alive. But whether you’re a student or hold a full-time job, I’m sure you’ve got something more productive to do than moping around and dreaming about your next trip – so just do it!
Disclaimer: I am not claiming to be an expert here, dreaming is completely acceptable from time to time.
Explore the local
Traveling and discovering doesn’t have to mean going away, or even getting on a plane. Often you’ll have loads to see just outside your door. If you live in a city, there’s bound to be a museum or attraction nearby that tourists are flocking to, so go join them! If you live in a small town, you’ll have loads of beautiful nature at your doorstep, so bring your camera and put your shoes on and enjoy it! You’ll be surprised at the discoveries you can make close to home. For example, this beautiful mountain hike is right on my doorstep in the village where I grew up!
Love this post? Here’s another on how to satisfy your wanderlust when you’re not travelling!
Do you have any other helpful tricks to help us survive when we are not traveling? What do you do in between trips?