What to do When You Can’t Travel

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.


This post contains affiliate links. If you click them and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. These payments help reduce costs of running this site. I appreciate you visiting today!

I love the ocean! This was taken in Ixtapa, Mexico.

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.

The 1877 Vermilion Lighthouse replica at sunset.

The 1877 Vermilion Lighthouse replica at sunset. We loved this little town on the shore of Lake Erie.

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 about the place 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.

Why yes, we did go outside and take pictures of the storm. It was windy and raining, though not quite as violently as is often seen on the news. The camera was covered with a plastic bag to protect it.

I love remembering my trip to Grand Cayman Island, too. It was great before the hurricane.


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. Of course, Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown will help the travel itch, too.

Another great travel  show and my favorite is Departures. The hosts work well together, have excellent camaraderie, and the destinations are fascinating. The creators also did one season of a show called Descending. It’s all about traveling and scuba diving. Both shows are visually stunning. I watched Departures on repeat during the months I was unable to do any far flung travel.

What do you do when circumstances prevent you from traveling?

Pinterest image me with the ocean in the background, the heading says "8 things to do when you can't travel"


10 thoughts on “What to do When You Can’t Travel

    • Natalie says:

      Mine, too! I’m always watching for deals. On the bright side, watching for several months, I know there are sales pretty often. It actually cheers me up to know that when I am able to purchase, there is likely to be another deal around the corner.

  1. Sabra says:

    I’m researching destinations, gear and finding new travel blogs. Also taking mini road trips and exploring my own backyard (California). I also remind myself that if I was on the road I wouldn’t be able to do so much artsy/hobby type stuff, so that makes me feel better. 🙂 Glad I found your site!

  2. Becky says:

    Haha, I didn’t guess “clean my house”! I definitely look for deals and do tons of new activities near home (actually checking out a museum tomorrow). Great reminder to count our blessings…travel is such a blessing.

    • Natalie says:

      Yeah, I find that doing a little cleaning usually makes me feel better. My house isn’t neat by any stretch, but even a little makes a huge difference.

      Also, it’s so easy to fall into a thinking rut, longing to travel, and realizing my blessings helps me stay happy. I know I can travel again someday soon!

      Thanks for commenting!

  3. Karla says:

    I was traveling for 6 months and now I am on a break and doing exactly this. Planning my next holiday, catching up with friends, finding new things near home and well, catching up on MUCH NEEDED rest.

  4. Sarah says:

    I love that you started watching Doctor Who to cope with not traveling. I do a lot of staycations and local getaways. Can’t wait to get on the road again! Thanks for sharing.

    • Natalie says:

      Yeah, I’m completely obsessed with Doctor Who.

      We’ve done some short distance getaways, but right now, it’s all local stuff! It’s quite amazing, the things I’ve discovered that are close by.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.