How to survive lethal case of wanderlust?

Every now and then I may have a quiet few weeks from blogging when I don’t even answer any comments. I’m always sorry for that but it’s usually because of a terrible writing blog. I’m always having a lethal case of wanderlust. It’s endless longing to travel that gets even worse when there aren’t any sure travel plans waiting for me.

Wanderlust
A strong desire to travel and wander around the world. Longing to see new places and experience new things.

When I was thinking the subject for today’s post one idea stuck out of everything else. How to survive wanderlust and longing to travel if you are in a life situation where you have no way of traveling anywhere. If you have been reading my blog for some time now you may know that even I have had life situations without any means or money to travel

I am sorry to inform you that there is no cure for wanderlust but you can always try to ease the symptoms. These next tips are something I keep doing when a bad case of wanderlust tries to take over my mind. I know there are many people reading my blog who can identify with me. Some of you may be in school or work, maybe you don’t have the money or you just are too shy to even try yet. Whatever the reason is I hope you find help with these tips.

Plan Future Trips

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One of the best and easiest ways to help your wanderlust is to plan the trips you are surely going to make when you can travel again. Choose new destinations and add them to your bucket list. I have always believed that imagination is the strongest weapon human can have so why shouldn’t we use it? Daydream. That is my biggest secret of surviving the lethal case of wanderlust.

Make lists. List all the places you want to visit. Beautiful beaches you have to see one day. Interesting festivals, tourist attractions that seem overrated but are still must see things for you and secret spots that are often not talked about. Plan your trips to all those places. Good thing is that there is always new trips you can plan. There is an endless amount of cities, places, and experiences to plan and dream about.

Virtual Travel

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I could get lost for hours doing virtual traveling around the world. I use Map Crunch but normal google maps street view is as good for this. Basically, you go to random place in street view and start wandering around without looking the map. I got hooked with this “fake traveling” when at one point people on the internet started playing a game where you went to a random spot of the world on street view and kept wandering around blindly until you found airport.

You never know where in the world you will end up going. And when you find something interesting you can always add it to your bucket list. My favorite places to see are Eiffel Tower, small streets around the world (especially in China), Japanese shrines and Iceland’s raw nature.

International Friends

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Surprising but effective way of beating your wanderlust is to find friends from different parts of this world. Even better if those friends are as interested about travelling as you are. Getting to know new cultures through your new friends is almost as good as travelling and it prepares you for the future trips.

I have learnt so many new things just talking with people from countries I haven’t visited before. I have got new friends because of blogging but also from my school’s exchange student programs and from old trips I have made. I never stop wondering how there can be so many different countries and cultures in this world.

Read Books, Watch Movies

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I have always been that bookworm girl who would rather spend evening reading a good book than going out. Maybe that’s why for me the best way to escape has always been by reading. There are millions of stories about travelling.  Movies, TV-series and books. Some of my favorites are:

  • Cheryl Strayed: Wild (Book & Movie)
  • Under The Tuscan Sun (Movie)
  • The Bucket List (Movie)
  • Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (TV-series)
  • Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love (Book)
  • Lost in Translation (Movie)
  • Tracks (Movie)

Hometown Travel

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I would bet that there are places you have never been before close to your home. Or even the places where you have been before may seem different if you look them from the traveler’s point of view. If you can’t leave for longer trip do something new close by. Maybe you can do weekend hiking trip? Or visit your city’s tourist information and play tourist for a day in your own city?

Google what other travelers have to say about your hometown. You may find tips and places you have not paid attention to before. Keep in mind that for some people your city seems as interesting as all those travel destinations you want to visit in the future. With open mind and a little bit of imagination, you can travel without leaving your own street or block.

Read Travel Blogs

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Finally my last tip is to read blogs and get that travel feeling from the trips others have done. Find you favorite bloggers and follow them on their adventures around the world. Internet is full of travel bloggers so this is probably the easiest way of easing one’s wanderlust. If reading isn’t your thing find travel Youtubers to follow. There are some amazingly beautiful videos that will leave you in state of wonder and bliss. Won’t care your wanderlust but it will make it easier to deal with.

 

I hope these tips will help you. Just remember to be careful. Maybe I should have started with the mention that all these tips may cause even worse wanderlust than you already have… There is no way out of having the disease called wanderlust if we don’t count travelling. I hope safe travels for you all and fun times trying to cope with the want of travelling!

So, how do you survive from wanderlust if you can’t travel? All good tips or other comments are always welcome.

With love,

Lost Viivi

31 thoughts on “How to survive lethal case of wanderlust?

    1. I love adventuring around the world using them or just Google maps or any other site like that. Fun way to see the world from home. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  1. Oh I can so relate to you my friend..Earlier I used to travel twice a year..it eventually narrowed to 3 times and now its 4 times a year !! There is just nothing better than travelling …I just listed out 3 best things that Travelling does to you (2 min read)…

    https://the-passport-souls.travel.blog/2017/05/28/3-best-things-that-travelling-does-to-you-2-min-read/

    Hope the list interests you and would really love to hear your list of 3 best things that travelling does !!

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  2. I can completely relate to you! Before I went on my travels I was constantly feeling sick of being in the same place all the time. Your tips about setting future plans and reading other travel blogs are two of the things that helped me the most. I also liked to talk to my friends and family about their memories of places they had been to. Great read!

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  3. Great post!! How do you always find a way to write such amazing articles! ….as far as my wanderlust is concerned, I can never survive them! 😀 …there are so many places already planned in my mind that world seem endless!! Keep up and all the best for your trip! 🙂

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  4. Good tips! I’m currently suffering from a severe case of wanderlust, and am totally itching to get away despite only being back home for a week or so! I’m gonna follow your tips (I’m already planning future trips, thinking Portugal/Spain in April?) and hopefully book a trip in my hometown of UK! I’ve also never tried ‘virtual travelling,’ sounds interesting!

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    1. I don’t think it matters whatever you just returned from travel or have been back home for years. I am always ready to travel and missing new places I have never been to. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  5. I was reading down, thinking to myself “Why hasn’t she written ‘about exploring your home town’!?” Im glad you did though! Wandering around the ever changing streets in my home town is the only thing that keeps me sane when Im not off on my travels!
    Id also recommend exploring nearby towns and cities too! 😀

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  6. We like reading the blog posts of others who had been on journeys. It teaches us something about the planning and experience they had and what we can potentially do. So it helps us dream about the journeys. That really help pass days quickly!

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