How to Feed Your Wanderlust

June 13, 2017

Feeling wanderlust? Weekends are nice but nothing beats a long vacation to get into full relaxation and exploration mode. When you enjoy traveling, you’re itching to leave on the next trip soon after you return. You crave the opportunity to have a new adventure and explore a new city. Getting a break from work and daily life doesn’t hurt either!

But until you build up that PTO or bank account, it looks like you’ll be at home until the next trip. What do you do to curb the wanderlust a little?!

Here are 10 tips that can help feed your wanderlust until your next trip!

1. Take day trips and weekend trips.

Are there areas a few hours from your city you can explore? Living in Austin, the Hill Country is not far to go visit breweries or weekend trips to Fredericksburg, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas are also possibilities. Day trips to check out the barbecue in Lockhart or lake in New Braunfels are also on the to-do list. What are places within an hour to three hours near you?

2. Take a staycation.

What haven’t you seen in your city? In Austin, there are always new restaurants, art exhibits, and attractions to make a staycation feel like I’m discovering a new city. That’s one of the reasons why I did a staycation at a new, bustling area for my birthday last year. Also, staying at a hotel makes it feel like a vacation! (Check out this post for all the secrets to booking a hotel room.)

3. Read a book.

There are some great books out there that will take you on an adventure while you’re sitting on your couch. If you’re a nerd like me, I would also recommend picking up some guide books to spark your interest for your next trip. Here are some favorite travel books:

4. Watch a movie or show.

Movies show you beautiful settings and great adventures. They might give you more wanderlust but they’ll also take you on a trip without leaving the house. Here are some favorite travel movies and shows:

5. Follow travel blogs.

Travel blogging is booming, thanks to adventurous souls. Travel bloggers usually have new posts weekly or you can read through their archives to plan your next trip. Here are some of travel blogs I enjoy:

6. Subscribe to travel websites.

Travel websites are a great wealth of inspiration also. You can also follow these sites on social to get updates in your feed.

7. Seek cultural activities in your city.

Sometimes simply experiencing something new and different can take you to another place. Dine at a restaurant of a different cuisine. Join in at a food festival or cultural celebration like Lunar New Year. Take a cooking class. See visiting art exhibits or musical acts. Immerse yourself in a different culture, even for an hour or two.

8. Scroll through Instagram.

Instagram is where you can see current adventures others are having, and it’s fun to live vicariously through them. Most of the travel blogs and websites (tips number five and six above) will also have a daily feed of beautiful photos! Here are some Instagram accounts I enjoy following:

9. Prepare for your next trip.

Feed your wanderlust by getting everything ready to take your next trip. Plan out how you’ll pay for your trip. How long will it take to save funds? Can you take on a side hustle or more shifts to get to your goal faster? Improve your health so that you’re physically and mentally in the best place to travel.

10. Research and plan a future trip.

Something that gets me excited is planning for future trips! I love doing research about future destinations and gathering information about the sights I’ll visit, restaurants I’ll dine at, and more. It also makes actually booking the trip easier. Having a real trip to look forward to can help curb the wanderlust!

I know wanderlust can be a tough beast to tame, so hopefully these ideas help hold you over until your next adventure.

Have more suggestions? I’d love to hear them! How do you feed your wanderlust?

P.S. Want to read more travel posts? Check these out:

P.S.S. Want to know more about that gorgeous destination in the photo above? Check out this Thailand post.

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  • Emily Abernathy June 14, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Great ideas! Staycations and local travel are my favorite way to feed my wanderlust. 🙂 There really is so much to see and do right around us here in Austin! I think I realized this when I was planning our weekend trip to Wimberley and was overwhelmed by the food, drink, and activity options in that tiny little town alone. We’ve talked about going to Lockhart and New Braunfels too!

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations June 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Agreed! Local travel and staycations are my favorite. We’re lucky to have great spots close by, even though Texas is so big. I’ve been looking at Wimberley, too! Blue Hole looks like a cool place to swim.

  • Laura June 21, 2017 at 6:52 am

    These are great tips! We love taking day trips or staycations!

  • Julz June 21, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I love staycations! I live on staycations island, but seriously they are the best way to resource yourself! I think planning my next trip is my second favourite. I spend weeks trying to plan how to best use my time 😀 Great tips!

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations June 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      I love staycations too, especially since my city always has something new going on! It’s also a lot cheaper than hopping on a plane!

  • Bethany June 21, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Great list! I’m pretty much always planning for the next trip, whether it’s a weekend trip or something longer! Definitely feeling the desire for something longer and RELAXING soon though!

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations June 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Agreed – I’m ALWAYS trip planning, whether it’s for a definite trip or something I’m daydreaming about. It’s a great way to make plans turn definite. 😉

  • Ana Rozanova June 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Many good ideas. I am myself having a summer of staycation – it is actually the best season here, so we decided to stay home and receive guests instead of going abroad ourselves 🙂

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations June 21, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Hosting guests is a great way to see sights in your city you’ve forgotten about or have never been to! I always love when I have visitors. Thank you for reading, Ana!

  • Ufuoma June 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I love, love this post and great tips too! My major way of feeding my wanderlust is really just planning my next trip and also I love looking at Instagram photos even though it might make it even worse but it also kind of works out because it motivates me more to save up and plan for my next trip.
    I really enjoyed this.
    travel lifestyle passion

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations June 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Haha, Instagram is a source of inspiration and maybe too much wanderlust! I could spend hours finding ideas there, but it’s a helpful way to plan a trip! Thank you for reading, Ufuoma!

  • LYNE。 June 21, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Those all are great tips I use most of them when I feel my wanderlust is taking over. #9 and #10 are the best there’s nothing much more satisfying than planning your next trip !

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations June 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Yes – no matter if it’s a “for sure” trip or not, making plans and daydreaming about the possibilities makes the lack of travel better. I hope you’ve got a great trip in the works!

  • Nerissa June 21, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Love taking day trips and weekend trips, so great to do when you’re not overseas on a longer holiday!

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations June 21, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you for reading, Nerissa! I hope you’ve got some day/weekend trips lined up for the next couple of months.

  • Patricia Steffy June 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Instagram scrolling makes me wistful, but it does inspire me to start planning the next trip (even if it isn’t going to be any time soon). We’re big fans of those weekend and day trips, and luckily, we are still finding things we haven’t seen before within a few hours of LA. Love your recommends for travel books!

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations June 21, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Exactly! It’s hard to follow Instagrammers that travel all the time but they always have great location and activity recommendations. LA is near the top of my to-travel list! There are tons of outdoor activities I want to see near there. I bet you all easily fill your weekends!

  • Sarah @ Endless Distances June 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Wow this is such a cute and useful list – I think I do all of these things haha. Probably my favorite at the moment is “staycation” as I am really trying to see all of my city before I move!

  • Kellyn Jeremy-Aponte June 22, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Definitely a great way to feed your wanderlust without even flying. I love watching travel movies. There are days when I just put Rick Steves on in the background while I’m doing dishes. Can’t help it.

    • Anita | Fearless Captivations June 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      YES! Rick Steves is a great resource for travelers and is an expert on Europe. Any favorite travel movies?