The last few weeks have been all about change for me. My one year contract with work came to an end, and I have applied for, obtained and am preparing next week to start a new job.
Obviously I knew that I was working on a fixed term contract, but it didn’t make coming to the end and starting to look for work again any easier. I have had some dark moments where I have been terrified of not being able to find work, and I feel very fortunate that I was able to find a new job so quickly.
The last few weeks started me thinking about how quickly things change and how the “adventure fund” can rapidly become re-labelled the “survival fund”. Sometimes real life gets in the way of being able to travel and however carefully laid plans are, it won’t always be possible to go where you want to go, when you want to go.
Travel for me is all about that sense of freedom and escape from routine. It is about exploring new places with energy and enthusiasm. I think it is possible to re-create this experience without actually having to leave home, and my next series of blog posts are going to be dedicated to travel without travelling.
Here are my top tips:-
I absolutely love reading and I have a mountain of books waiting to be read. I particularly enjoy reading books set in other countries or about different cultures, and if they are historical, even better.
One of my other favourite things to do is read other travel blogs. There is such a wealth of good travel blogs and useful information out there that you can travel vicariously until you are able to start your own adventure.
2. Write a travel blog
You don’t have to be actually travelling to write a blog about travel – just mine your travel memories, and you will feel like you are reliving your travels all over again. For an inspiring post about starting a blog, read this from Vicky Flip Flop.
3. Make connections
I recently wrote a blog post about inspiration for a USA road trip. This arose out of my Dad starting a thread on Etsy asking people from each of the 50 US states to contribute unusual or little known facts about their home states. You can read his blog about how his journey started off on a beach in Northumberland and ended up in American Samoa here.
My Dad doesn’t even own a passport. But by making these connections with people, he found about places we probably never would otherwise have heard of (and which were all rapidly added to my USA bucket list), and it did feel like a journey putting the time and effort in to see it through to the end.
I’m not much of a cook, but every now and then I like to have a bash at it.
There is no limit to what you can create for yourself. Maybe it won’t be as authentic as eating within the country of your cuisine of choice, but there is nothing stopping you from cooking your way around the world whilst you save up the funds to make the trip yourself.
5. Travel in your home town/region
When it comes to the familiar, keeping an open mind is key. It is easy to fall into ordinary routines and I am as guilty of this as anyone else. But there is so much new still to be discovered in the familiar and venturing out to discover and explore home territory can be just as rewarding as travelling to somewhere new.
These tips don’t just have to apply when travel dreams or plans have been derailed. The vast majority of people who travel don’t do so full time, don’t work in the travel industry and, like me, squeeze their travel adventures within the confines of a few weeks of annual leave and a limited budget. These are just some of the ways that I keep the travel spirit alive for the rest of the year.
Do you have any tips about how to travel without travelling?
- How To Transport Yourself to Another Country Without Leaving Your Desk (elizabethjoss.com)