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How to Survive When you’re not Traveling

by Lisa Stentvedt

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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!

How to survive when you're not travelling

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.

Get productive

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?

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Carrie Lippert 01/03/2016 - 20:33

i have such a love/hate relationship with in-between trips time. On one hand I like to be experiencing something fully as it’s happening so I save a lot of my blogging for after the trip is completed on the other hand. I do get stir crazy by sitting around and waiting for my next adventure.

LisaLDN 01/03/2016 - 21:15

I’m exactly the same, Carrie! I love reviewing my photos and experiences when I’m writing about them after the trip – it really lets it all sink in 🙂

Monika Mizinska 01/03/2016 - 21:06

Omg Lisa I loved this post! It’s so true that booking a trip / planning or and reading travel blogs helps you to survive 🙂 that’s what I am doing now because I’ve been stuck in crowded, dirty Casablanca for too long now 😛

LisaLDN 01/03/2016 - 21:19

Thank you so much, Monika! I really appreciate that 🙂 Casablanca doesn’t sound too shabby, i’d love to visit there one day! Are you from there? Do you have any posts I could read? 🙂 It’ll feed my wanderlust a little while I’m at home, haha 🙂

Cassidy 02/03/2016 - 17:26

Thanks for these tips, Lisa! You inspire me to get excited about traveling. I am going to Boston for spring break so there’s tons to do to get ready 🙂


LisaLDN 02/03/2016 - 18:33

I’m glad you found them helpful, Cassidy – and thanks so much! Boston sounds great, I’d love to visit too! 🙂 Enjoy your trip!

Sebrin Von Muellner 03/03/2016 - 04:44

Ugh! My life right now. Although, what do you do when you gotta wait to book a trip and don’t know where to go? Utter purgatory.

LisaLDN 03/03/2016 - 10:03

That’s a killer, Sebrin! I’d definitely start planning still, though – just start at the top of your bucket list 😉

Becky @Disney in your Day 03/03/2016 - 19:08

Definitely planning the next trip helps me! Even if I don’t know when it will be, hypothetical planning is good too 😉 And doing something with my last trip – blogging about it, making a photobook, etc.

LisaLDN 03/03/2016 - 19:13

I completely agree, even imaginary trips count! You’re always going somewhere in the end, even if it isn’t booked 🙂 And making photobooks and collages definitely help too! 🙂

Joanna G. 05/07/2017 - 12:16

Right now I’m like that haha
So I focus on getting on shape and starting to eat healthy again since it’s not easy to do so when I’m travelling!

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