How to Feed Your Wanderlust When You’re Not Traveling

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I have incurable wanderlust so if I’m not traveling, I’m thinking about traveling or planning my next getaway. If you’ve also been bitten by the travel bug, and I suspect many of you have, you know exactly the condition I’m referring to.

Obviously we can’t be traveling all the time but it doesn’t seem healthy to keep wanderlust at bay while we’re tending to every day responsibilities. Here are seven things you can do to feed that wanderlust while you’re waiting for the next adventure.

Create a Bucket List

 If you don’t have a trip planned, create a list of places you want to go. If you have a globe, grab a glass of wine and spend some time looking at the whole world. Ask your friends which destinations are on their bucket lists and why. Pick out the places you want to go someday and make a travel list.  The Price of Travel website is a favorite of mine for destination inspiration.

Set up Airfare Alerts

Once you have a list of places you want to visit, you can set up airfare alerts  and sign up for travel newsletters so that as soon as a great airfare or travel deal comes along, you’ll be ready to book it. Who knows, you may even find a good deal to somewhere you hadn’t thought of visiting. This happens to me frequently.

Research the Next Destination

What are the things you must do on your next getaway? What is the currency exchange and are there inexpensive tours available? Researching how you’ll navigate your new destination, finding out what there is to do there, and checking for deals are all part of the fun of planning travel.

Organize Those Travel Photos

There’s something therapeutic about looking through travel photos. The reminiscing begins and you feel like you’re right back on the plane again. Taking this one step further and getting your photos organized is even better. Loading them into folders on Google Drive, a separate hard drive, or other cloud platform can free up phone/camera/computer space and make for easy access the next time you’re bragging about hiking Petra.

Attend a Travel Show or Travel Hacker Get-together

There’s nothing better when you’re not traveling than talking to other people about travel, discovering new destinations and learning how to travel smartly. Consumer travel shows allow you to get a dose of travel inspiration, learn about travel trends, find discounts, and be entertained. Here’s how to find a travel show near you. A get-together of fellow travel geeks and aficionados is also a great way to network, learn about travel tricks, and how to accumulate/use points/miles. To find travel community events, Flyer Talk is a great resource.

Start Packing Now

You don’t need to have a trip planned to start packing. Finding the perfect travel bag, assembling toiletry items, stocking your liquid bag and purchasing duplicate items can be done well in advance of a trip. If you haven’t already assembled a permanent collection of travel accessories and toiletries, now is the time.

For instance, if you grab items from your bathroom at the last minute when packing such as razors, a curling iron, hair brush, or toothbrush, go out and purchase duplicate items and keep them in your travel bag. It makes packing so much easier and you’ll rarely ever forget anything because it’s all been packed ahead of time.

Build a Travel Fund

Miles and Points tend to devalue over time so building a stash for the long term is not normally the best strategy. If you’re planning on funding next year’s holiday however, accumulating a stash of miles and points is smart. You can also utilize cash-back credit cards and stash that money for a future trip. Saving for a trip creates enthusiasm and anticipation, both good for keeping wanderlust alive between trips.

Yes, I know. None of these activities take the place of hopping on that plane and jetting off on your next rip. If you’re not traveling, however, spending time getting ready to travel certainly makes that day at the office more palatable.

What do you do to keep wanderlust alive between trips?

 

Christine Krzyszton
Christine Krzyszton lives in Northern Michigan and travels the world with no predetermined destination in mind, letting airfare prices dictate where she will travel. A points and miles junkie, she prefers to utilize points to offset the cost…
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