Although students get longer holidays than practically everyone on the planet, it is sometimes hard to make it through the term without wishing you could be lying on a beach in the Maldives. Unless you can make the most of weekend trips abroad, it is not always possible to travel during term time.
Plus, when it comes to the holidays, we don’t tend to have a large budget to allow us to jet off around the globe. In short, we don’t all have the ability to drop everything and travel, despite what many online travel articles tell us.
But don’t you worry, there are many ways you can satisfy your wanderlust when you can’t travel. Yes, it may not be the same as flying to New Zealand, but we all know I’m a huge advocate of making the most of your surroundings and experiencing new things right in your own backyard.
So here are a few ways you can spice up your day-to-day routine to make life a lil’ bit more exciting and satisfy (well, at least for a couple of months) your wanderlust when you can’t travel.
Try New Things Constantly
One of the most rewarding things about travel is that it gets you out of your comfort zone, and that’s mainly because you’re trying new things. But that’s not to say you can’t try new things at home. You can do anything from high ropes courses, abseiling or mountain biking, to learning Spanish, taking a photography course or learning to play an instrument. Udemy is a great website to visit to learn something new – they always have free courses for you to try out!
Climb a Hill or Mountain to Watch the Sun Rise/Set
One of the things I just love about travelling is seeing a beautiful sunrise or sunset colouring the sky. They always make me stop and stare and just concentrate on nothing else but what’s in front of me. In our fast-paced society, it is rare for people to stop what they’re doing to just appreciate the sunset. And I know that Cypriot and Ibizan sunsets are pretty special, but we get some impressive ones in the UK too!
However, I practically never see the sunrise. I am surrounded by beautiful hills in Herefordshire and I have not once climbed to a vantage point to watch the sunrise. It’s definitely on my bucket list for 2017. Please hold me to it, guys…
Stay in a Local Hotel or Airbnb Just Because
Sometimes all you need is to escape your house and everyday existence, even if that just means staying at a hotel five minutes down the road. Waking up in a new bed with fresh sheets and a super comfy mattress can help you mentally get away, without having to travel too far. Your mind will hopefully be refreshed by the time you get home and you’ll feel a helluva lot more vitalised.
This can be as simple as going to stay with a friend or family member for the night or treating yourself to a night away in a hotel or Airbnb. My trip to Cornwall in March was just what I needed: a change of scene, a luxurious hotel room and the fresh ocean air.
Eat Lots of International Food
Trying different food is such an integral part of travelling for many, so why not start mixing things up in the kitchen at home? Take some cooking classes and learn to spice things up a bit.
If you don’t fancy (or don’t really have the time to) cook yourself, go for a meal at a local restaurant that offers something slightly different. Of course, it’ll never really live up to the real thing, but fingers crossed you’ll hopefully find the next best thing. Who says you have to leave the country to experience the flavours of another part of the world, eh?!
Be a Tourist In Your Home Town
No matter where you are, somebody somewhere probably wishes they were there right now. I know it may be hard depending on where you live, but you’ve just gotta push past the grotty bits of your area and put your
somewhat cringy tourist hat on. When we live somewhere, we tend to take tourist attractions for granted, and it’s common for many people to have never been to many of the attractions in their hometown!
Start by making a list of the top 5 things you have always wanted to do in your city or county, whether that is going to a museum or trying out a new restaurant (or rooftop bar, everyone loves a good rooftop bar). Or maybe you fancy revisiting somewhere you haven’t been to for a few years? Pop that on the list too! Then, set yourself a goal to complete at least one of these things every week.
Buy New Travel Accessories
Be it a suitcase, backpack, passport holder, travel wallet, luggage tag, there is nothing that makes me more excited for my next trip than a brand spanking new accessories to take with me. My latest new travel accessory is the Dakine Split Roller in Phoenix.
It has a really clever split-level design, allowing for easy access to different compartments (instead of shoving everything in anywhere which is my usual approach) and also has exterior pockets which are great for smaller items. Other nifty features it has are locking zippers, replaceable urethane wheels (this suitcase seriously runs like a skateboard!) and a retractable handle making it easy to carry the bag around. Its first big trip will be to Madeira in July, eeep I am *slightly* excited!
Re-live Past Trips
Looking through pictures and videos of past trips and adventures is a great way to satisfy your wanderlust. It will motivate you to keep saving for your next trip, and who doesn’t love taking a walk down memory lane?!
Instead of leaving your travel photos to collect dust or take up space on your hard drive, arrange them into beautiful albums or create a scrapbook filled with photos, memoirs and tickets. A memorable coffee table book and a way to get your creative juices flowing? I’m game.
And if looking at photos isn’t enough to gratify your wanderlusty needs, then start a freakin’ travel blog and live vicariously through other bloggers! It’ll probably be the best decision you ever make. Trust me on this one, guys…
Visit a Museum or Art Gallery
If you can’t discover other cultures in person, why not take a trip to a museum or an art gallery? In most cities in the UK museums are free so make the most of them. Not only can you figuratively travel across the globe at a museum but you can also travel in time. Plus it’s always good to learn something new every day, and the learning opportunities at these places are endless!
Volunteer or fundraise
It’s common to travel and volunteer abroad, hence why the term voluntourism was coined. However, it’s much less common to volunteer on a more local level and that is a shame (and definitely makes you question people’s motives!).
Volunteering could not only benefit you on a professional and personal level but it could also open the doors to a new journey – kinda like travelling. So, run a marathon, do a sponsored cycle, participate in Race For Life, go to work dressed as Where’s Wally, the options are endless. Just do something good for the world and have fun whilst you’re at it!
Go Camping or Glamping
Do I ever shut up about how much I love glamping? Nope. My trip to Devon last year and our incredible stay at Loveland Farm left me a proud member of the “I ❤️ Glamping” fan club. I don’t even know where to start with glamping but it’s just my favourite thing. Quirky properties? Check. Luxury? Check. Getting down to nature? Check. Spending quality time with your favourite people? Check. I love it so much that I have two glamping trips lined up for May: one in a wagon in my home county of Herefordshire and one in a safari tent on a beach in Scotland. I am slightly excited, to say the least…
You can find some pretty cheap glamping holidays in the UK if you have a good ol’ investigate but naturally, some of these unique, luxury retreats can break the bank a little. If you can’t afford glamping then why not really get down to nature on a camping trip? I love camping almost as much as I love glamping!
I grew up going on camping trips to Wales with my family and revisited this tradition four years ago when I camped right by a beach in the Gower Peninsula with one of my friends. And of course, I’ve camped at festivals, but that’s a completely different type of camping altogether…
Host Other Travellers
If you are prepared for a little commitment, hosting other travellers is a great way to satisfy your wanderlust. You can host fellow travellers through many different means including Couchsurfing, Airbnb or hosting a foreign exchange student.
Sharing your city and culture with them will make you appreciate where you live even more, and you can learn about their culture and country in return! And who knows, you might even be able to stay with them if you visit their home city, saving you a bit of $$$. Win, win.
Research and Plan Future Trips
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! There’s obviously nothing more satisfying for a bad case of wanderlust than actually planning your next trip. Even if you can’t afford to travel right now, researching hotels, attractions and restaurants is still really fun.
So, my lovely readers, it’s time to head to Pinterest to make a “dream destinations” or “bucket list” board (you can get travel inspo from my Pinterest here #cheekypromo) or build wish lists on Airbnb of all the unique and cool places you’d love to stay at in the future… Here’s £30 off your first trip to get you started! Thank me later…
So, tell me, what do you do when the wanderlust gets a bit too much? Let me know in the comments below!
The Board Basement sent me the Dakine Split Roller for the purpose of this review but as always all opinions are my own.