How to Satisfy Your Wanderlust When You’re Not Traveling

Incurable wanderlust. A severe case of the travel bug.  Forever having itchy feet. Sound familiar? For those of us always dreaming of our next trip, how can we satisfy our wanderlust when we’re not traveling? Here are some ways that you can satisfy your wanderlust between trips – from a girl with forever itchy feet.

We can’t all be digital nomads (unfortunately!) forever in a state of travel. So how do we make it between trips, giving our itchy feet a little scratch.

Take A Staycation

Become a tourist for a day and explore your city and surrounding areas. Between the big trips, satisfy your wanderlust with staycations. Staycations give you the opportunity to discover places close to home. They are a satisfying little taste of adventure and travel.  Perfect for when you are looking for a low-cost vacation or if you can’t get enough vacation time to go far away from home.

For more on how to take the perfect staycation check out Staycation: Vacation in Your Backyard.

Re-Live Past Trips

Looking through pictures and videos of past trips and adventures is a sure way to satisfy your wanderlust. It will remind you to be patient. It will remind you that like previous trips, your next trip will be well worth the wait. Taking a walk down memory lane always puts a smile on my face. It gives me motivation to keep saving for my next trip. Looking for tips to help save money quicker? Check out How To Save Money For Your Next Trip.

Plan Friend’s and Relative’s Trips

Between planning your next great adventure you can satisfy your wanderlust by planning other’s trips. Not everyone enjoys spending hours researching and planning. If you have friends or relatives like that, offer to help them plan their trip. You might get some great ideas of thing to add to your bucket list!

Start Planning Your Next Trip

It’s never too late to start planning! If you’re like me, then you love planning, researching, and imagining your next trip. The biggest problem is always where to go next, so many places to see! Researching and looking at pictures of destinations you will one day visit can help satisfy your wanderlust. Before planning your next trip check out these Mistakes To Avoid When Planning A Trip.

Get to Know Travelers and Newcomers at Home

One of the best parts of traveling can be to meet new people and learn about new cultures. You can do this without leaving home, by meeting travelers and new-comers in your own country. It’s a great way to learn about other cultures and can inspire future trips.

Check online to find different international meetups or foreign language groups. They can be a great place to meet people from around the world. Or volunteer to help new immigrants arriving in your country.

Write or Read a Travel Blog

Either write or read travel blogs. Or do both! Writing about, and sharing, your travel experiences can be a great way to satisfy your wanderlust. This will allow you to re-live past adventures. Another benefit is being able to help and inspire other travelers with your stories and tips. Be transported to another place without leaving your desk. You’ll also get some great ideas and tips for your next trip.

Host Other Travelers

Finally, host other travelers. Hosting and meeting other travelers is a great way to satisfy wanderlust. Host fellow travelers through couch surfing or Airbnb. Share your city and culture with them while learning about their culture and country. You’ll probably end up meeting a future friend. And who knows, you might be able to stay with them if you visit their home city!

Satisfy Your Wanderlust When You’re Not Traveling

What are your tips for scratching those itchy feet? Let me know in the comments!

Happy travels,

Alannah McEwan



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10 thoughts on “How to Satisfy Your Wanderlust When You’re Not Traveling

  • February 17, 2017, 11:49 pm

    Great idea for a post Alannah. We are lucky in U.K. to have some great travel programmes, especially train travel based. They have the effect of satisfying wanderlust for 3 minutes and then stirring you into a wanderlust frenzy!

  • January 14, 2017, 10:13 pm

    Great tips, cuz I constantly have the itch to travel and my pocketbook does not match my wanderlust wants..ha!

    Sharing on twitter, have a great day ! LOVE your blog!1

    Valerie

  • January 14, 2017, 9:16 pm

    This is good advice! Especially the staycation. I think people forget to explore where they live. Most people think international (people in the states) and there is so much to offer here! We are doing a roadtrip across the US and I like finding places that people don’t normally go to. I don’t always want the tourist spot I want the local spot!

  • January 14, 2017, 7:34 pm

    I always find I need to explore my hometown more. I keep reading blogs about Sydney and thinking….geeezzzz I lived there for over 20 years and I’ve never done that! Now I’ve moved to Vancouver I’m trying to make the effort to explore my new hometown… I just wish it wasn’t so cold!!

  • January 14, 2017, 6:23 pm

    Exactly! I also like to plan ahead, read about future destinations, even googlemap the streets! Having day trips helps a lot! Luckily we have tons of great spas in my country. Feels like forever until next trip, but actually time flies! 🙂

  • January 14, 2017, 5:41 pm

    For me visiting places nearby works the best, even if it’s just a town 20 min away from my home. Living in Canada you have so many opportunities to do weekend trips!

  • January 14, 2017, 5:36 pm

    Love the tips! Hosting other travelers is a great idea to meet new people. I definitely struggle with this between trips too 🙂

  • January 14, 2017, 5:25 pm

    This is so relevant to me as well! I spent 9 months abroad last year and I’ve been reading lots of travel books and blogs! Also, planning small trips here and there for this year. It’s satisfying my wander thirst for now lol good read!

  • Ray
    October 17, 2016, 11:18 pm

    My job affords me the opportunity to travel 2 – 3 times per year. As such, I really try my best to piggyback weekend trips on those trips since my employer is paying for my flight, anyway. Using that technique, I visit places that I might not otherwise have used my own vacation days to go see, such as San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, and Atlanta. But of course, I have also piggybacked on travel hot spots, like Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Paris. Why not, right?

  • September 27, 2016, 1:18 pm

    I think staycations are fantastic – exploring your own town or another suburb or nearby town can be a great way to satisfy that travel bug and can be as exciting and invigorating as going to another country! I have lived in Western Australia for almost 4 years but am still astounded by all the incredible things I come across in this state. 🙂

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