In a perfect world, everyone would be able to travel to wherever they wanted and eat whatever they craved for. Money, time, work and other constraints would be forsaken. Most of us probably experience this crave to travel at some point, or look at someone’s Instagram photo from
Bali (insert your fav vacation spot) and think, “I wish that were me!”. It also probably doesn’t help that it can feel like everyone on your social feed is jetting off to Greece and Italy every other weekend while you’re at home, feeling some very real FOMO.
However, no matter how the modern day travel bloggers and influencers (including me) say you can travel, life gets in the way. For instance, even traveling to cheap places costs some kind of money, and not everyone can afford to make vacations a priority. Although some of us are more inclined to crave exploration than others. There are other ways (inexpensive mostly) to feed your crave to travel.
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WAYS TO FEED YOUR CRAVE TO TRAVEL:
TRY A STAYCATION
According to Wikipedia, A staycation is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance of their home and does not require overnight accommodations. It is a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad. Common activities of a staycation include use of the backyard pool, visits to local parks and museums, and attendance at local festivals and amusement parks, etc. Some “staycationers” also like to follow a pre-set out rules, such as setting a start and end date, planning ahead, and avoiding routine, with the goal of creating the feel of a traditional vacation.
As much as you think your city is too boring for a staycation, remember that the grass is always greener, and other people might see your city as an escape or vacation destination. There are people who come to where you are to get away from their reality. Imagine someone is coming to visit you who isn’t from the area — what would you do with them?.
Here is an Advice from Nene of @nene.social on IG who recently went on a weekend staycation with some friends at tarkwa bay.
– I chose to go for my staycation at tarkwa bay because I wanted to relax, reflect and create new relationships. So, I didn’t let anything I have no control over at home/work overwhelm/ bother me.I was not around for any distraction.Please dear, I was relaxing.I believe that’s how it’s supposed to be.
In other words, if you’re dying to take a vacation but can’t do a big getaway, it might be worth taking a day or two to yourself to try out that new restaurant you’ve been dying to sample, or to revisit all your favourite places in your city. Book a night at a fancy hotel. (Personally, I love getting a weekday to go to the museum or my favourite brunch places when they’re less likely to be teeming with people.)
MEET UP WITH FRIENDS:
Meeting up with friends never gets old. the laughter, fun, crazy moments and all the stories of you guys epic moments in the past. While waiting for my food at private restaurant some days ago, I noticed that the only other occupants were some 6 people together on another table. They were snacking while gisting and laughing at each others hilarious moments in the past. It was so beautiful to hear them laugh. In that moment, nothing else mattered. No phone, social media or even looming worries. Also take for instance, these set of friends who stay in Lagos, that went on a weekend getaway on a popular beach in Lagos.
TAKE A DRIVE/STROLL ROUND SCENIC PLACES IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT:
Usually, when I’m not on the road or probably just bored at home, I take rides or strolls round my environment. When you’re on a vacation, there is no such thing as boring routine. Incorporate that mindset back home and look for an adventure everywhere! Instead of taking the highway or always driving the quickest route everywhere you go, put together a new music playlist and take the scenic route.
TRY A NEW CAFE OR RESTAURANT IN TOWN:
One of the easiest ways to discover a new destination is through food. So, why not have one of those experiences when you’re home? Make a list of everywhere you want to eat, then make a plan to go somewhere new each week. I am currently in a new environment that might be void of adventures. Struggling to fit in and find the adventurous side is a lot harder than I thought. Nonetheless, I am looking into cooking classes or and taking up painting sessions to help.
READ HERE on my visit to frozen rolls ng
GET INVOLVED WITH VOLUNTEERING ORGANISATIONS:
Getting involved in your community can be seriously fulfilling and give you a completely new perspective on what “home” means to you.
When I first moved to Benin, it was big and scary and uninviting. By involving myself in organizations like AIESEC, SLATECLUB, non-profit organisations hat inspires young people to achieve world peace and become more useful and productive in the society. I soon had a calendar full or events, meetups and more friends who kept me engaged with brainstorming sessions, etc.
I was volunteering my time, gaining professional experience and making new friends.
VISIT A LOCAL MUSEUM/ART HOUSE:
One of the ways I ease my crave to travel is visiting museums and art houses. Take it as time travel. Art houses or galleries also help me get lost in the soul and minds of creative individuals who have spilled their hearts and souls on a canvas.
EASE THE PRESSURE, STAY OFF SOCIAL MEDIA:
Social media has been known to be one of the major causes of an incessant crave to travel or travel pressure or FOMO on new travel trends. Recently, I had this strong crave to travel amidst work, bankruptcy and other travel constraints. All thanks to social media. What to do when this happens;
- Mute the notifications.
- Stay off social media, if possible.
- Indulge in something else – read a book, crotchet, watch a favourite show, etc.
- Go out to a nearby attractive place – even one hour can help.
- Sleep. Just eat and sleep.
FIND AND BOOK A TOUR IN YOUR AREA:
Currently, more people are embracing the travel wave. Experiencing it in different forms including booking group / private tours. Our just concluded Omu resort tour was a huge success. You can opt for a local inexpensive tour in your country.
You can also join our Port Harcourt food tour every week at designated dates and locations. All you have to do is leave your email in the pop-up subscribers note or in the subscribers column in our side bar.
Sometimes all it takes is a shift in attitude and adding some excitement to your daily routine. Keep that travel attitude and gratitude for life with you everywhere you go. There is no reason life has to become dull just because you’re back home!
In what other ways do you deal with your crave for travel?