When traveling is in your blood, not your budget.
If travel is always on your mind, then you’re probably trying to find ways to leave home for a long weekend right now. It’s hard when traveling costs more than your rent sometimes and leaving your responsibilities and home unattended, even for a short time, can cause issues.
You don’t have to feel trapped, though, when you simply can’t give in to your wanderlust. Instead, you can try these suggestions to make staying in your hometown seem like an enlightening vacation.
1. Decorate your home.
Changing your surroundings can make you feel more comfortable about staying home when traveling isn’t a possibility. You can display items that you got from your earlier travels or use decorations that evoke wanderlust. Having some of the quotes listed below and pictures of places you want to visit hanging on the walls can make traveling seem more conceivable.
3. Sample different cuisine.
Experimenting with different foods at restaurants or through your own cooking is a great way to appease your wanderlust. One of the best things about traveling is sampling the unique food options, so bringing that joy to your kitchen might make you feel a bit better about needing to wait for your next trip.
4. Visit local events.
Your neighborhood might be hosting a block party with giveaways, music and free food. Or there could be a trivia or karaoke night downtown. Maybe your local movie theater is having a film festival or classic film weekend. From arts and crafts fairs to actual fairs and carnivals, your city is ripe with opportunities to entertain even the most travel-deprived person.
5. Go out and party!
Spend a night out on the town. You can explore new bars you just haven’t had the chance to visit or go back to your favorite haunts for a good meal and a good time. Remind yourself that you can have an adventure no matter where you are.
6. Watch a documentary.
Travel documentaries on Netflix or other streaming platforms feature beautiful scenery that you can enjoy from the comfort of your living room. Or your bed. Each film teaches you a wonderful lesson about life or history and, if made well, will make you feel like you’re in the wilderness along with the cast.
7. Read an engaging book.
Books are no joke. They let you escape reality without having to pay any travel fees (plus, no annoying delays!). Get lost in a good book as your desire to travel fades away — for now, at least. Books can also help you learn more about exotic destinations and choose rewarding travel spots you can visit later.
8. Take a small road trip.
Your wanderlust might be too extreme to be appeased by changing things up at home; you still need to leave. So, gather a few of your friends (or not) and hit the open road. Be sure to pack enough supplies to last you a while in case of emergencies. If you’re really feeling the spirit adventure, consider using sites like Pack Up + Go that book you surprise weekend trips based on your budget.
If nothing else, enjoy these 15 wanderlust quotes to get you in the mood to travel and explore the world.
1. Get lost! It’s fun.
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Andre Gide
2. Travel to find happiness.
“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” — Roy M. Goodman
3. Mix things up.
“Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.” — Unknown
4. Make lasting memories.
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” — Jack Kerouac
5. Fill your soul, not your bank account.
“Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” — Jamie Lyn Beatty
6. Do it now.
“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” — Randy Komisar
7. Stay humble.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” — Gustav Flaubert
8. Find true love.
“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” — John Green
9. Take a trip and let it change your life.
“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” — John Steinbeck
10. Travel with an open mind.
“The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.” — Alain de Botton
11. Travel because you can.
“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
12. Travel because you need to.
“We wander for distraction but we travel for fulfillment.” — Hilaire Belloc
13. Dream big.
“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.” — Douglas Ivester
14. Experience new things.
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
15. Don’t waste time.
“Life is short and the world is wide.” — Unknown