These days, it’s getting harder and harder to leave. Perhaps because of family obligations, work constraints, or financial instability, it isn’t always the right time to take a trip. Be that as it may, all vagabonds and wanderers experience a certain itch that can only be scratched by spending time away from home, even for a couple of days. But even that might not be possible, so what’s a lover of travel to do?
Luckily for us, there are a few different ways in which you can satisfy your wanderlust just enough to be ok until your next adventure. For example, there is a slew of wonderful travel books out there, and we don’t just mean guide books. Plenty of people have told their incredible stories of spending time on the road. Sure, On the Road makes the cut, but some others that are less well known like Ten Years a Nomad or Among the White Moon Faces are terrific reads. For a truly inspirational read, try Vagabonding, which makes all your travel dreams seem within arms’ reach.
Another great way in which you can make do while waiting for your next adventure is to watch lots of travel movies. Again, though some documentaries like Somebody Feed Phil (for all you foodies out there) are incredible, Midnight in Paris and Lost in Translation tell some amazing stories of people who went off and experienced different cultures and had the best times of their lives. Sure, they may be a little unrealistic (as in, no one gets lost in the middle of the forest without a smartphone or a granola bar), but they are inspirational watches nonetheless.
The next way to scratch the itch is by starting to plan your next trip. Though this may be a ways off, it’s never too early to start saving money and raking up those frequent flyer miles to travel on the cheap. Plus, a well-planned trip means that you should have less anxiety-ridden moments like “drat, where are we sleeping tonight, all the good hotels are booked” or “there are too many restaurants to choose from.” There are some lovely guidebooks to choose from these days, our favorite series being Lonely Planet. If you’d like to plan a more offbeat trip, try checking out Atlas Obscura. This amazing website takes you all over the world to explore the strangest and most magical of places.
If you’re interested in meeting fellow travelers and sharing tips and stories, a great method is to join a travel community. Be it by participating in travel forums like Reddit or face to face communities like Couchsurfing, having someone with whom to dole out your wisdom when it comes to being on the road is a delight. Because it’s true, your friends aren’t especially interested in hearing about your last adventure on an Indian rickshaw and they weren’t there when you had the best sushi of your life. However, your fellow Couchsurfer will be riveted and will likely have some great tales of getting sick on goulash of his own.
It may be corny, but the next trip really is only a few months away, and getting yourself absorbed in another part of your life in the meantime is very feasible. Try documenting your travels and keeping an extensive journal, and who knows? Maybe you’ll write a guidebook of your own one day. Until the moment comes that you can get in your car or on the plane (or train if you’re into green travel), do the best you can to live in the moment and not let your past adventures haunt your dreams.