Let’s face it, not only is it easy to put travel on the back burner, sometimes the choice is taken out of our hands for awhile. Whether it be health or financial matters, not being able to travel is a bummer. Since I can’t travel right now, here’s what I do to get by when it feels like I’m never going to get to travel.
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When I can’t travel…
1. Scour the Internet for the best travel deals. Yes, really. Sometimes, it makes me sad that I can’t take advantage of a really great deal. I always try to turn that around and share with someone who can take advantage of the offer. Sharing the excitement of traveling makes me feel good!
2. Scour the Internet for the prices at various times of year to specific destinations. We really want to visit Chile in December. Flights to Santiago, Chile are much cheaper in November (from the Eastern and Midwest USA). This is good to know, as it might be worth it for us to go on the shoulder season and save some money, when we are able to plan this trip.
3. Relive past trips. It sounds weird, but sometimes, it helps the itch. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Jamaica and it was wonderful!
4. Take short trips, close to home. We’ve taken an overnight trip here and there to satisfy the need to explore. We visited the beach at Vermilion, when a long distance trip to Florida or the Caribbean was too much of a financial stretch. When even an overnight is out of the question, a day trip to a new park or place is fun.
5. Read. Blogs, guidebooks, and travel fiction are all on the docket! It’s a great time to seek out blog posts on your top destinations. You’ll have a lot of knowledge to pull from when you do finally get there!
6. Clean my house. What?! I’m not going to tell you to be a minimalist or anything. However, I find the occasional purging of stuff to help my peace of mind. Of course, I’m writing this shortly after my kids took all their toys and dumped them on the floor. More cleaning for me! Wooo…
7. New activities. Similar to exploring a new park, trying a new activity can stimulate your brain. We’ve gone to festivals we’d missed in the past or tried out a new activity for children. We’ve also started new classes. Music Together is one our favorites. Additionally, these are classes available globally.
8. I count my blessings. As cliché as that sounds, sometimes that is the best thing one can do. I’m thankful for our health, our passports, and all the other little delights in life. I’m also grateful that I can entertain the thought of travel. It may be further off than I thought, yet I know it will happen.
Bonus: One MORE, extra fun thing to take away the “I can’t travel right now” blues
I recently started watching Doctor Who. I like sci fi and I love travel and Doctor Who fits the bill. That is some epic travel. My favorite reality style travel show is Departures (it has phenomenal camera work that’s worth mentioning). The creators also did one season of a show called Descending. It’s all about traveling and scuba diving, so I enjoy that one, too. Departures is available on Netflix, however Descending is not. It helps me to watch something fun and (sort of) travel related, too!
UPDATE: Departures tv became available on Netflix in April, 2017 and now they have all three seasons! The DVDs can also be ordered on their website (not an affiliate link) and are available on iTunes.
What do you do when circumstances prevent you from traveling?