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7 Ways to Satisfy Your Wanderlust without Leaving Home

Given the times we live in, it doesn’t appear as if any of us will be doing any extensive traveling in 2020. So besides imagining yourself on an exotic beach, exploring a colosseum, or sipping coffee in a Parisian bistro, what else can you do to re-create a sense of travel while you are home? Here are 7 ways to satisfy your wanderlust without leaving home.


Read travel-oriented novels

Reading is an ideal way to escape the current climate and to immerse yourself in another country, city, or culture. Some books may inspire you to travel to places you have never considered. Here are a few books worthy to read:

Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy

African Diary

Lands of Lost Borders

A Year in Provence

A Walk in the Woods

Watch travel-oriented movies, documentaries, and TV shows

Travel movies and TV shows are another great way to escape for a few hours and satiate your wanderlust. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Under the Tuscan Sun

Midnight in Paris

The Way

The Bucket List

DIY Destinations TV Series

Research a future trip

Eventually, the current situation with coronavirus will pass and we’ll be able to travel again. So, while you are stuck at home, now is as good a time as any to start planning your future trip to keep the spirit of trave alive.

Did any of the travel books you read or movies you watched inspire you to travel to a place you never considered? Is there a destination on your bucket list you’ve always wanted to travel to, but have never been?

Many of these travel guidebooks will provide you with detailed itineraries, maps, hotel suggestions, and recommendations for reliable tour operators to help plan your next trip.

Join online travel forums and communities

While you’re in the process of planning your future dream trip, it can be helpful to connect with other travelers through travel forums and online communities. It can be a good place to ask questions, get first-hand reviews, and seek advice from like-minded travelers. Here are two online communities:

Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree

Trip Advisor Forums

Subscribe to travel blogs and on-line travel magazines

Whether you’re researching a particular city or country, are looking for hotel recommendations, or want destination-related things to do, travel blogs have an array of insider tips and first-hand accounts that can give you insight into planning your next trip.

My favorite travel blog, of course, is Boulevards and Byways. It focuses on Puerto Rico and the sunny islands of the Caribbean.

Cook International Cuisine

To taste the food of a nation is to experience its culture — and I have found that to be true no matter where I travel. Experimenting with international recipes or creating a theme night can prove to be a fun evening. Perhaps finding an authentic take-out or outdoor dining venue that offers Middle Eastern, Japanese, or Italian food can also very well satisfy your craving for travel to a new country.

Learn a new language

Think about where you want to travel to next and learn that language or a least a few keywords while you have the time to do so. There are various online language learning apps like Duolingo that will give you the basics of any language.

We can’t travel in real life right now, but there are many ways you can bring the spirit of travel to you while you are at home. Try out these 7 Ways to Satisfy Your Wanderlust without Leaving Home and keep travel alive until you are one day able to visit in person.

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