Whether you’re low on finances, you’ve used up all your holiday allowance, or there’s a global pandemic causing havoc, travel isn’t always possible.
When you’re craving beautiful blue lakes, white sand beaches, bustling inner cities, backstreet cafes and culture, not having the ability to travel can feel like a full on nightmare.
So if you’re desperate to travel, but you can’t – here are some tips for you:
Plan for better times
Just because you can’t go now, doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen.
There will be a point where you’ve saved enough, refreshed your holiday allowance, and the global pandemic is under control, allowing you to travel the world once again in search of something new.
The best use of your time if you can’t currently travel is to plan what you’ll do when you can.
What’s next on your agenda?
Is it a road trip around America? A long-stay holiday in Switzerland? A food tour around Japan?
What do you want to do next and what do you need to do it?
Planning an itinerary, searching for local gems in the area you’d like to visit, putting together a spreadsheet to identify individual costs so you can workout how much you’ll need in total.
These are not wasted activities, because as soon as you’re ready to travel, you won’t need to worry about any of the details – you would have already figured it out!
Not only does it set a plan in place, it also gives you something to look forward to in the near future. A goal that is within reach, but just needs a little more time.
Go 10 minutes out of your way
The other day, my partner and I decided we were going to take a 10 minute detour off the route we take to see my family.
Worst case, we went somewhere new and it wasn’t any good. Best case, we found a new spot which we would fall in love with and visit regularly.
We drove down the same roads we’ve been on multiple times, saw the same scenery, but as soon as we turned off to start heading to this new destination – Everything. Turned. Beautiful.
The road turned into a single track road which felt like something out of a movie. Carved into the middle of a forest, there were literal walls of earth on either side of this road, lined with countless trees preparing for the autumnal season.
And when we came out of the Lord of the Rings-esque road, we entered into the most beautiful village. A quaint traditional pub, beautiful cottages that were framed with flowers and trees, and the most incredible (and steep) hill I’ve ever had the pleasure to walk up.
The view from the top was incredible. Fields, hills, houses, peace.
Just going 10 minutes out of our way led to the discovery of a spot of natural beauty that we’ll no doubt visit time and time again for years to come.
Who said you had to cross an ocean to find something new?
I’m not just talking about your typical travel-influencer videos that lead you to believe travel is fun ALL the damn time.
There is a wealth of information on YouTube if you’re willing to ignore those click-bait videos.
Learning about a certain culture, what is or isn’t respectful to natives, how to converse in certain languages, where are the places to be and are there any areas best to avoid.
Knowing these tidbits of information can make or break a trip.
I remember when on my last holiday, I went to a sunshine-filled Spanish city and was completely baffled by the lack of service waiting staff would provide in cafes and restaurants.
It’s only after I came back and did a bit of research that I found it’s a total culture thing. Whilst in the UK & USA eye contact is enough to signal to your server that you need something, in this particular holiday destination, you need to physically go to the person or shout them over to get their attention.
I would have saved a lot of time if I’d just done that kind of research beforehand.
So, even though you’re not getting on a jet and travelling to another country, the preparation to arrive at your chosen country will make your trip all the more sweet and enjoyable.
Covid specific: Choose rural
If you have the opportunity, and you’re not in lockdown of course, going to an area which you know doesn’t see high footfalls and is mostly quiet is a viable option.
Going outside everyday, even for a walk, is a brilliant routine to keep for your own mental wellbeing.
But if you’re craving travel and you know you can keep yourself and others safe, then rural is a good choice.
Visiting a Covid safe AirBnB is a great solution to scratching the travel itch, as well as supporting the financially strained hospitality industry.
The key here is that it’s your duty to make sure you can and will keep yourself and others safe when visiting new places.
Whilst the travel itch is starting to get more and more uncomfortable, my partner and I have resolved ourselves to learning Spanish, going 10 minutes out of our way to discover new areas and looking into places we can visit when the time is right.
Travel isn’t just in planes and trains
You can find new experiences and cultures everywhere nowadays. From Youtube to books, cooking classes to online meetups.
At the heart of travel is experiencing something new, and with or without a trip to a faraway land, we can achieve that by getting creative.
Bring on the new experiences!