Wanderlust! You know, that strong insatiable desire to travel and explore the world. That urge you have to hop on a plane or take road trips across the country. That feeling that makes you daydream of new destinations while making your heart ache for the next. We all love our inner wanderlust until a global pandemic hits, and now we can’t travel.
We spend months, days, and weeks planning for our next destination. We don’t go out with our friends and accumulate as much annual leave as possible. Where to stay, what to pack, what to eat, and then all of a sudden this is taken away from us. So, now what?
As restrictions are lifting for each country, it still may be a while before we travel again. Sure, we can now sit in a coffee shop or picnic at the park-social distancing, of course. But our carefully planned trips have been canceled. The world is a different place. The Pyramids of Giza, Salar De Uyuni, and the Angkor Wat will all have to wait.
Until then, here are 7 ways to indulge your inner wanderlust from home.
1. Lose yourself in our favorite reads
There is nothing like escaping into the pages of a book to indulge your wanderlust. You will feel inspired in no time, whether your go-to read is a fiction novel, a memoir, a travel guide, or non-fiction self-help. If you’re searching for inspiration, join our Mat Leave Mom Book Club!
Here are 12 Books To Read To Transform 2020
- Daring Greatly By Brene Brown
- The Learn Startup By Eric Ries
- The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho
See the entire list of books here.
2. Binge Pop culture
Sometimes you may want to be immediately transported to another place and time to satisfy your wanderlust. Watch great travel films on Netflix such as Eay, Pray Love, Catch Me If You Can or Into The Wild. Or subscribe podcasts such as Women Who Love To Travel to listen to stories from Elizabeth Gilbert, Sarah Khan, E. Jean Carrol, and many more.
3. Bring the world to your kitchen
Does banana bread sponsor COVID-19? Because one thing is for sure, we have all been on top of our cooking game. One of my favorite ways of bringing the world to my home is through the kitchen. Crack open a bottle of wine and learn how to recreate some of your favorite dishes.
Transport yourself to Greece and try our Simple Spanakopita Triangle Recipe. With step-by-step photos, you will be drooling over this spinach and feta stuffed pastries in no time. I made this recipe with my daughter in mind, so it’s a great way to get your kids involved.
See the entire recipe here.
4. Make a Photo Book
Chances are you have a phone filled with thousands of photos you’d rather not forget or lose. Rarely do we print pictures these days. So why not use your downtime to sort through all your photos from travel, birthdays, or special moments. Photo books from websites like Snapfish are a great way to reminisce. For quick and easy photo edits using lightroom mobile, shop our preset collection here.
Here are two tips to hone your photography skills.
- Take your pictures at dusk or dawn or during what is known as the “golden hour,” which is one hour before sunset.
- Take photos slightly underexposed if possible.
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5. Be a tourist in your own city
Sometimes we get caught up exploring other countries before we see our own. But there is no better time than the present to explore your local neighborhood. So put on your walking shoes and feed your inner wanderlust right from your backyard. Go on that local hike, find a new park, or get lost in the streets. You won’t regret it, I promise.
6. Learn a new language
Immerse yourself in a new language. Chances are we have all forgotten that language we learned in school as soon as exams were over. But as someone who grew up in America, I was envious of how many multilingual friends I had made throughout my travels. Today, over half of people in the EU speak at least two languages. Now that Greek runs in my daughter’s blood, I have my heart set on learning Greek. It is undoubtedly not the easiest language, but I love a good challenge. Duo Lingo is hands down the best free language learning app out there.
7. Finally, plan a trip
So we might not be able to take a vacation anytime soon, but we sure can plan. It’s essential to have something to look forward to during these tough times. You won’t be able to pick dates yet, but you can plan all the tiny details. Then as soon as we get the green light, we can click book now, grab our passport and go!