Whether you’ve been gifted with the wanderlust gene, or you just feel the urge to travel a few times a year, Wanderlust will for sure kick you in the butt at some point in your life. Take a look at me. I’ll spend hours planning trips in my head and awaiting my next adventure. Or maybe it seems like I’m always on an adventure! The truth is I cannot always travel, and by now you’ve probably wondered what I do when I can’t escape the feeling of wanderlust. Note: I don’t actually think anyone has ever wondered this about me.
Sometimes wanderlust can get very intolerable, and as much as we’d like to just hop on a plane somewhere, it’s usually unrealistic for most. Therefore, I’ve come up with 10 ways to deal with your wanderlust now. No flying involved! Here are my favorite ways to cope:
1. Make a Spotify Playlist
I find that going back in time to previous trips can really help to cure wanderlust. What I like to do is make playlists on Spotify of songs that remind me of certain trips I took in the past. I have a London playlist, a New York playlist, a France playlist, and, well, you get the idea. If you’re too busy to make a playlist, then try browsing some of the international music. Some mornings if I am feeling extra wanderlusty (made a word up) I will play French cafe music and it always calms my desire to travel.
2. Listen to Another Language
Along the same lines as creating a playlist, it can also be helpful to listen to some other languages. Listening to another language can give you that feeling of being away from home, without ever having to leave. It can also transport you to any country you’ve been longing to visit. I often listen to a few Russian language CD’s I have, and that way I can also practice learning the language more. Spotify also has a bunch of different languages you can listen to for free!
3. Create a Travel Wall
Take your mind off your wanderlust by creating a travel wall either full of photos from your previous travels, or full of inspiration of the places you want to go! Or, even do a little of both. Right now I am working on making a three shelf waterfall with all of my favorite travel photos. It’s a fun little project, and being able to showcase these photos takes me back to the places I’ve been and keeps me from focusing on where I haven’t been. Likewise, putting up some travel inspiration can get you motivated to keep working towards your next trip!
4. Visit an Ethnic Grocery Store
I love going to ethnic grocery stores when I can’t travel. I always look for goodies that I miss when I’m not overseas. It can be fun to try new things from other cultures, or grab things that were staples when you were in another country. This definitely helps to keep the wanderlust at bay. Think of it as your go to meal when you’re homesick, only opposite. This time you’re ‘awaysick’. My favorites are Polish candies, Asian tea, and strozzapreti pasta.
5. Make a Meal of It
What better time to bust out Julia Child’s cookbook, or that old school Italian cookbook your mom gave you that you never used? Nothing cures the wanderlust blues like a good foreign meal and glass of wine. Couple this with 1, 2, and 4, and I’ll be dammed if you don’t wake up still thinking you’re in Paris.
6. Read a Travel Book
This one is a super easy and proven way to deal with Wanderlust. I always keep a good travel book handy in case I want to be transported elsewhere for an hour or two. Some nights I will put on some French music, pour a glass of wine, and curl up in bed with a good travel book. Here is a list of a bunch of great travel books! I have read a lot of these myself and they definitely make you forget about your wanderlust.
7. Take an Espresso Break
You know how much Europeans love their espresso. Next time you want to hit up Starbucks, opt for a homemade espresso instead. Transport yourself to the cafe scenes of Paris, Italy, and Spain. You can also search Pinterest for some interesting coffee drinks served in every country. Portugal has some fantastically unique coffee drinks. Not in to espresso? It’s tea time! Turn the air down low, curl up in a blanket, and brew some proper English tea.
8. Follow International Bloggers
This has to definitely be one of my favorite ways I deal with wanderlust. I love following bloggers who travel a ton, that way I can see all their snaps from their travels! Following bloggers on Snapchat is a great way to get to see other countries in real time without having to be there. Fashion month just got finished up, and I already feel like I’ve been to New York, London, Milan, and Paris! All by just following my favorite bloggers.
9. YouTube Travel Vlogs
I totally give you permission to creep on people’s travel vlogs. I do it all the time! As with Snapchat, a lot of vloggers will post their travels to YouTube, and they are so fun to watch. If I am feeling wanderlusty over a particular country, I will actually search that country in YouTube and watch other people’s travels. Watching these videos are a great way to endure your own wanderlust. Once you watch enough, YouTube will keep selecting more for you, and there you go… the perfect wanderlust cure!
10. Check Out Other Neighborhoods
Most cities have pockets of areas where certain ethic groups have settled. In San Francisco there is Little Italy (though no one calls it that) and Little Russia, to name a few. New York has the same few pockets. It might be worth it to take a trip to these areas in your own city and try some of the food and immerse yourself in that culture. You do have to leave your house for this one (drat), but it’s a nice way to get out of the house and continue your wanderlusting elsewhere.
There you have it! 10 great ways to deal with wanderlust now. Now that we have that out of the way, where are you dying to travel to the most? It also helps if we collaboratively talk about our travel woes (duh). So leave a comment below and tell me what destination you can’t stop thinking about!