When I’m not travelling, I constantly find myself daydreaming and sifting through the internet for some flight and hotel deals. Not that I have any plans of booking them, I just like to torture myself.. haha. Sometimes when I haven’t paid the bills and I still have money in the bank to book a return flight, I go as far as ‘Book Now’ but when it comes to the part where it asks for your credit card details, I just click X on the window and go to bed. Lol.
It’s not a very nice feeling these post-holiday blues. I just have this constant urge to travel. It doesn’t matter how long ago my last trip was, you’d think I’d eventually get over it, right? Wrong. I’ve been to nine different countries spread across three different continents but looking at my scratch map, I have barely even made a dent. There’s so much more to see and I can’t wait.
I can’t possibly be the only one experiencing this am I? I hope not. So for those of you who have the constant urge to travel but like me don’t always have the funds for it, I’ve come up with a list to temporarily satisfy your wandering soul.
1. Do touristy things in your own city. How often is it that someone has disregarded the touristy spots in their city just because they live and work there. Quite often actually, based on the blogs I’ve read. It doesn’t matter what city you live in, someone, somewhere in the world would love to be where you are now. Plus, it would come in handy if a fellow traveller you meet on the road asks you what there is to do in your city. 🙂
2. Do something adventurous. Go get an adrenaline rush. You don’t have to be overseas to jump off a cliff, ride a rollercoaster, swim with sharks or skydive. You’d be surprised at what your own city has to offer.
3. Learn how to cook a different cuisine. One of the best parts of travelling to a new country is getting to sample their food. Maybe host a themed dinner night at your place for yourself and a few friends. Food Safari has a pretty extensive list of recipes that you can try.
4. Host a fellow traveller. There are sites like Couchsurfing that allow you to connect with fellow travellers in need of a place to stay. If you can’t go to Paris, you can bring someone from Paris to your home! Exchange travel experiences, recipes and you can even play tour guide and show them around your city. Who knows, you might even score free accommodation in Paris for next time you go! 🙂
5. Start a travel fund. If money is the only thing stopping you from booking that next trip, then save up for it! Being able to see where your hard-earned money is going will motivate you to work harder. It’ll keep you busy until it’s time to travel again.
6. Get out of a routine. Routine has its upside and downside. Routine makes daily life easier for us; It creates less stress because we do things we barely even have to think of. However, for the sake of this post, we will concentrate on the downside of it. Travelling is about experiencing new things. When we travel, because of the short time we spend at each place, it’s hard for us to get into a routine. Recreate this experience by mixing your day up a little bit. If you usually drive to work, catch a train instead. Go to a cafe you’ve never been to for lunch. Go out with friends midweek because a band is in town. The possibilities are endless.
7. Learn a new language. If it’s already written on your bucketlist, might as well go ahead with it. This’ll come in handy for next time you decide to visit a non-English speaking country. Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world according to this article.
“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson