Wanderlust is a serious condition that affects thousands of people all over the globe. Do you ever find yourself dreaming of adventure, or longing to fly one-way to somewhere? It’s likely to be the most rewarding and terrifying thing you’ve ever done. It’s impossible to stop once you have it.
You’re probably not thinking about traveling if you aren’t already.
There are also those who experience post-travel depression, or PTD as I prefer to refer to it. This happens within a few days of returning home. This is very real.
After five months of flying around Europe, I finally felt homesick. On my return flight, I was so happy that I cried.
After I had settled into my routine at home, and felt that I could handle everything, wanderlust struck. Many of you will relate.
Although I’m perfectly content to stay in So Cal for a while I feel like I have lost my spontaneity and sense of adventure. It’s almost like being trapped in wanderlust limbo.
I want to stay, but I also want to explore. I stopped packing my bags to go on another overseas trip and started to think about ways to spice up my home life and see more of my local area.
You don’t have to go far if you are unhappy with your 9-5, bored by your routine, or suffering from PTD. Wanderlust can be easily contained.
- 1 Book a Night at a Fancy Hotel
- 2 Enjoy the scenic drive to work
- 3 Get up early to watch the sunrise
- 4 Find a new restaurant or cafe in town
- 5 Fly a kite
- 6 You can be a tourist in your own backyard
- 7 Visit a local museum
- 8 Use public transport to explore solo
- 9 Go Glamping
- 10 Get involved with a local charity organization
Book a Night at a Fancy Hotel
Do you remember that one night of luxury that you couldn’t afford while backpacking through Europe? Don’t lose heart! You can treat yourself to a night at a hotel in your hometown. Take some time for yourself and enjoy a relaxing bubble bath with a glass of champagne.
It’s time to indulge in a little DIY wanderlust.
Enjoy the scenic drive to work
Don’t get stuck in a rut! This is what we love about travelling abroad: there’s no boring routine. Bring that same mindset home to find adventure wherever you go! Instead of driving on the highway and always taking the fastest route, create a playlist with new music and look for the scenic route.
You might just need a little car karaoke!
Get up early to watch the sunrise
It is strange that while we are excited to board a 6 a.m. flight, getting up at home early is so difficult. Do not let your mundane life at home get in the way of living the life you love. Get up at 5am, make a cup of coffee, and enjoy a slow start to your day as you take in the beautiful sunrise.
It could just keep the magic alive!
Find a new restaurant or cafe in town
Food is one of the best ways to explore a new place. Why not make those memories when you are at home? You can make a list of all the places you’d like to eat and then plan to visit a new place each week.
If you are interested in cooking classes, or if you would like to cook with the chef at a local restaurant, there are options. It never hurts to ask!
Fly a kite
But not literally. Get outside! The mountains. The beach. A new park. The forest. Anywhere. You can see, hear and feel everything around you.
Get out and enjoy the fresh air, or go on a new adventure with your wanderlust.
You can be a tourist in your own backyard
That’s right! Be a tourist to see the best of your city. Enjoy the best local cuisine and take in the famous sights.
Every city is someone’s hometown, even the most popular tourist spots. A year ago, I added “Be a Tourist in LA” to my travel bucket list. Twenty-plus “countries visited” later, I have hardly been a tourist in my home country.
It’s high time I listened to my own advice.
Visit a local museum
I’m a total museum fanatic. They are fascinating to me and I try to visit as many museums when I can while I’m on vacation. But, museums are rarely something I visit when I’m at home. I don’t know what to do with this. !
If you are like me, try to make it a habit to visit local museums. Museums are a form time travel for me. You travel back in time and to faraway places once you have entered the museum.
It’s magical. It’s often completely free!
You can check museum schedules online. Many museums have rotating exhibitions. They often host events with guest speakers, and sometimes even “museum + Wine after closing hours” nights.
Use public transport to explore solo
Perhaps you’re not ready to travel solo abroad. Why not take a trip home instead? You can take a bus or train to your nearest major city and explore it on your own.
Begin conversations with strangers. Learn something new and let your guard down a bit. You’ll likely have a blast and realize that even a single experience at home can be an adventure.
You probably already know that I love glamorous camping. Camping does not necessarily require you to live rough.
Go glamping. Set up a tent outdoors and fill it with the comforts of home, such as silk sheets and an air mattress. You can have fun and prepare a delicious, fireside meal. Then light the area using candles from mason jars.
Bonus: Tents can be pitched almost anywhere. You can even pitch a tent in your backyard!
Get involved with a local charity organization
Sometimes, the travel bug can be as simple as a lack or monotony in your life. It’s also known as the “purpose bug” or the “travel bug’s cousin.”
Participating in your community can bring you great satisfaction and a new perspective about what “home” is all about.
It was intimidating and overwhelming when I first moved to LA. Involving myself in organizations such as Step Up Women’s Network, which encourages professional women to inspire teenage girls, helped me build a positive network of mentors. I soon had a full calendar of mixers and networking events.
I was volunteering my time to gain professional experience and make new friends.
Sometimes, all you need is to shift your attitude and add some excitement to your day. You can take your wanderlustin’ spirit and your gratitude for life everywhere you go. You don’t have to be boring just because you are back home.