There will be days where you’ll feel like you’re aching, your mind drifting, the world around you leaking grey. Day after day, it’s the same, your routine like a bad grammar lesson with the same people, places, things.
Your thoughts begin to drift to turkish coffee, or the time you got tangled in hotel sheets, the sound of accordions drifting through Parisian streets.
Home won’t feel like home anymore, but a cage of familiarity and you’ll feel suffocated by the exhaustion of it, by the endless, constant need to be somewhere, anywhere, but here.
You’re the newest victim of wanderlust, and it often feels like an incurable disease. It’s a sickness that ensnares your senses and fills you with the insatiable desire to travel.
Obviously, the easiest cure is to give in to it, pack your bags and go, but what if you can’t? What if the perils of everyday life are keeping you behind?
Coming from someone who is constantly plagued by wanderlust, I can tell you how difficult it is not to give in to it. There are days when I’ll be walking to work or sitting at home and suddenly I’m overcome with the idea that I should just leave with the clothes on my back and buy the next ticket to anywhere. Of course, this isn’t always realistic. This can’t always be the plan.
Your wanderlust might keep you up at night but, here’s the thing: it doesn’t have to.
Here are 3 Ways You Can Beat Wanderlust Without Ever Leaving Home:
Plan a Trip
Okay, this one might seem like a no-brainer, but planning a trip, even if it’s months in advance, can be enough to satiate the hunger you feel for new experiences.
Planning the details of ticket prices, places to stay, things to do can fill you with butterflies and pulse adrenaline through your veins. You don’t have to actually book anything yet if you’re not ready to commit, but you can just toy with the idea and it’s almost enough.
Fulfill Your Desire Through Food
There’s nothing like seeing a town through your stomach. From beer crawls to checking out a restaurant in a different neighborhood, eating, just like traveling, can introduce you to cuisines that make you stop seeing where you live through shades of grey.
Eating can reintroduce you to the color of home and, if anything, give you a new experience you may have never had anywhere else–even if it’s simply through your palette.
Change Your Routine
Sometimes, you just have to look at home through a different lens. It’s natural to stick to habit but it’s often these habits that drag us down–that make us feel like nothing can ever change.
If you feel like wanderlust is breathing down your neck, change your routine. Walk down a street you never walk, drive down a backroad, take a different train home. Sometimes, curing the ache that wanderlust places on your chest is as simple as lingering somewhere you never go.
If you live in a city and have the time, take the subway to the last stop in the opposite direction, get off there, and see where it takes you.
If you go to the same place for coffee in the morning or always find yourself in a different grocery store, go somewhere else, venture places in your own town that you’ve never been before.
You’ll be surprised at how easily doing something as simple as that can change the way home feels.
Wanderlust is a monster that can’t ever truly be defeated. Traveling often makes you want to travel more, and you may always find yourself itching for something new no matter what you do.
However, when the lust for adventure hits you hard, you may be surprised at how easily you can find it right in the comfort of your own backyard.