If you’re as obsessed with travel as we are, chances are you can easily feel a bit down when no travel plans are in sight. How can we afford to travel more often? How can we make time for more trips? First, let’s switch our mindset. What’s travelling anyways? It’s simply to go from a place to another, a voyage from point A to point B. It doesn’t have to be far, exotic or, even less, expensive. Here are some ideas to keep your travel plans busy all year:
If regular 2-day weekends are made for cleaning, meal prepping and doing nothing, long weekends are a great opportunity to plan for a short getaway. When you can’t afford to take a whole week of vacation, why not ask for a Friday and/or Monday off? You could be surprised how only 2 or 3 days away can do to your mind! Make it a 1-2h road trip, spend some time in nature, visit a spa, rent a cabin in the woods, go camping…
2. Be a Tourist in Your Own City
Other travellers like you actually pay to visit your city: why not get inspired by them and discover your hometown as a tourist? Join a guided tour and learn more about where you come from, visit the newest restaurant everyone is talking about, go visit the popular landmarks you haven’t been to since you were a kid… You might discover some interesting facts and see your city in a whole new light!
3. Netflix and Chill
One could argue that a trip can be done without even moving, by having a journey in its own mind. It is very possible to feel like you’re discovering the world without leaving your couch. Read a book on a destination you’re curious about, download a podcast in another language or watch a movie that’s taking place somewhere else in the world.
4. Host an International Potluck
Following the same line of thought, why not gather a few friends around a travel theme and host a dinner? Ask them to bring an appetizer from France, entrees from Danemark or the Netherlands, a dessert from Argentina and wines from Italy. It will sure be lots of fun to learn how to cook them, and share about your experience.
5. Attend Language Exchanges
Even if you’re not currently learning a new language (even though you totally should!), attend a language exchange in your own city. You’ll meet like-minded people, and will have a chance to learn about other cultures, discuss about travel destinations and make some new friendships.