How to Satisfy Your Wanderlust When You’re Stuck at Home

How to satisfy your wanderlust when you're stuck at home [petiteadventures.org]

Since we arrived in Leeds, I’ve been staying close to home – not because I don’t want to get out and explore, because trust me, I do – but because getting set up in a new city, finding a flat and a job, getting internet, utilities and bank accounts takes time. I’m trying to be responsible and adulty – and let me tell you. It. Is. Tough.

Now that it’s been nearly six weeks since we’ve arrived, the travel bug is starting to bite – and is biting hard. These past few days I’ve spent all too many hours browsing Skyscanner, flipping through guidebooks, living vicariously through Bill Bryson, and planning trips I’m just not 100% sure I’m ready to book.

But it won’t be long. With each passing day, I feel myself getting closer and closer to saying yes.

Thankfully, until I’m ready to throw down my credit card and buy those tickets, there are a myriad of ways that I can (semi)-satisfy my wanderlust, even though I’m more or less stuck at home. 

Read a Book

One of the easiest ways to satisfy your wanderlust when you’re stuck at home is to get lost in a good book. Read about exotic lands, live vicariously through author and characters’ adventures, and imagine all the fabulous things you would do, if you were on that adventure as well.

Watch a Movie

Watching a movie or TV show is a great way to test-drive a new destination. You can see the sights and the scenery all without leaving the comforts of your living room.

Scan Pinterest/Instagram

Go on a virtual window-shopping trip and scan Pinterest or Instagram for the most swoon-worthy travel pics. Pin your favourites posts so when you’re ready to travel, you’ll be flush with resources to help you plan.

Look back at photos from past travels

Why not live vicariously through your own past travels by scrolling through old adventure photos.

Try a new and exotic restaurant

Get a taste for your next trip, literally. Want to visit Morocco? Seek out a local eatery and indulge in a delicious tajine. Just because you can’t travel doesn’t mean your taste buds can’t.

Explore Your Own Backyard

While it might not be as exciting as jetting off to an exotic beach and a mountaintop retreat, but exploring your own city is a great way to satisfy your wanderlust. It’s a great way to discover new neighbourhoods, new restaurants and really get to know the place you call home.

Plan a Trip

Sometimes planning, researching and dreaming of a trip can be just as satisfying as taking one. So go ahead, browse Skyscanner, read guidebooks and reviews on and TripAdvisor, and scan Pinterest. Start planning your next big (or petite) adventure so that when the time comes, you’ll be all ready to go.

So, there you have it – seven ways to satisfy your wanderlust when you’re stuck at home. But, there are many more.

Tell me, how do you satisfy your wanderlust when you can’t travel?


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