19 Ways To Satisfy Your Wanderlust When You Can’t Afford To Travel

When you want nothing more than to book a one way ticket around the world, but a lack of funds (or life’s responsibilities), gets in the way, it can really bring you down.

Sometimes Wanderlust can be hard to satisfy when you’re not in the position to go travelling, but hopefully some of these tips will go some way to making it a little bit easier to cope with:

Browse the travel tag, and pin to your own travel boards, on Pinterest

Look at photos of old vacations. Sometimes reminiscing can make it seem like you’ve only just been away!

Better yet, make a scrapbook for your past trips.

Write about your dream holiday– either privately or for you blog.

Read through some travel blogs.

Look through some travel related hashtags on Instagram. #wanderlust #traveltheglobe #travel #exploretheworld are some good ones.

Join some Facebook groups to talk to like-minded people. I like GLT (Girls LOVE Travel) & Girls V Globe, but there’s plenty out there. Search for travel groups in the Facebook search bar.

Read some travel related books– Eat, Pray, Love, Into the wild, On the road, Notes from a small island are some good starting points.

Watch a movie that makes you want to travel- Into the wild, Eat, Pray, Love, Tracks, Before Sunrise are all sure to make you want to pack your bags and go.

Explore your own hometown. Try and see it through the eyes of a tourist- go to a museum you’d want to go to if you were here for the first time, eat at a nice restaurant, visit a park you’ve never been to.

Better yet, show a tourist around. Find people on Couchsurfing or something similar and offer to be their tour guide. Helping someone else to travel will make it feel like you’ve been travelling too.

If possible, take a short trip a little bit further out from your hometown. Staycations are the way forward, I’m telling ya!

Plan a future trip that you want to take. Make mood boards, write lists, plan where you’d stay, get a good idea of prices of flights etc

Write a travel bucketlist

Cook a meal from an exotic country. Pretend you’re there when you’re eating it.

Set your phone or computer home screen to your favourite travel photo. It doesn’t have to be one you’ve taken, just choose your favourite and be transported there every time you look at your device.

Create different wish list categories on Airbnb. Add all the places you’d love to stay- whether you ever think you could afford it or not!

Learn a new language. This is useful for satisfying wanderlust and also for life in general.

Watch a foreign film. Surrounding yourself with people speaking a different language will make you feel like you’re in a foreign country.

What other tips do you have for satisfying your wanderlust at home? Let me know in the comments! 

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4 thoughts on “19 Ways To Satisfy Your Wanderlust When You Can’t Afford To Travel”

  • I love this list, it’s so handy! At the moment I’m not able to travel so I’m having to get my travel kicks elsewhere. I love watching
    foreign movies and travel documentaries – and planning trips I’d love to go on. Love exploring other blogs too 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m not able to travel at the moment either and it’s difficult but it’s the same for me- planning trips, watching travel shows and reading travel books is keeping me sane! haha

  • This is a fantastic list! I particularly like
    the points about learning a new language
    and cooking an exotic food! I love to do
    both every now and again and foreign
    movies are gorgeous! My favourite foreign
    movie is Les untouchables, such a
    heartwarming film ☺x

    • Aw thank you! 🙂 Ooo I’ve not heard of that film before but I’ve just googled it and it sounds really good! x

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