What to do when you’re not travelling

Not everyone is lucky enough to travel for a living and be constantly moving from one adventure to the next. If you are like me, and work full time then it can sometimes be a long wait for that next lot of annual leave! With the current state of the world right now there are even more of us sitting on the couch rather than sitting on a plane, so here are some suggestions to make the most of the time in between trips.

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Plan your next trip
The next best thing to actually travelling is planning where you will escape to next. If you don’t have a specific location in mind then use this time to research ideas, or look into requirements like visas and vaccinations that you might need to consider for future trips. You could also let your imagination run wild and plan the most amazing round the world trip just in-case you ever win the lottery.

Travel locally
Local day trips are a great way to get a taste of adventure without the hassle of booking flights and accommodation. We often travel elsewhere in the world and neglect our own towns and states. If you don’t have the time for a full day trip then even going somewhere new for brunch or dinner can give your day a sense of adventure.

Catch up on life admin
Are you due for a dental check up? Does your car need a service? If you are away from home for long periods of time you might miss those important annual tasks. It can also be a good idea to get those niggling tasks out of the way so that when it is possible to travel again you can get on the road with less to worry about back home.

Start a blog
That was how my blog started, I was researching travel tips for a holiday and I realised how useful it was to read other people’s experiences and get recommendations of what to do (or what not to do). Even if you aren’t a professional travel writer you most likely have some opinions and suggestions that someone would find very useful.

Get a hobby
Travel is of course a great hobby but it can be good to have other things that keep you occupied in your spare time. These could be totally unrelated, for example I recently started a little succulent garden. You could also take up hobbies that are somewhat travel related like a photography course or learning a new language. You never know, you might happen to get really good at a new skill which you can then use to make some extra cash.

Experience other cultures through art and food
If you can’t physically get to another country you can still enjoy other cultures either through watching foreign films, documentaries or even YouTube videos. You could also go a restaurant that specialises in a cuisine, or have a go cooking a new dish yourself.

Reflect on previous travels
Sometimes we all need a moment to pause and think about the great experiences we have had in the past. Re-read over old journals or dig up those memory cards of photos that you never go around the editing. If you have a lot of keepsakes and souvenirs you can work on a scrapbook, photo frame or other creative way to display your items.

What do you like to do when you’re not travelling?

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