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7 Ways To Survive When You’re Not Traveling

7 Ways To Survive When You’re Not Traveling

Although I’m thoroughly enjoying the fresh challenges of working full-time and it’s great to be earning money again, the realization that we’re not going to be traveling in the next few months is really starting to set in and it sucks.

This was made even more difficult earlier in the week when we were forced to decline an invitation to visit South Africa for the INDABA Travel Show (which came through just a few days after cancelling our flights to New Zealand) because of my new work commitments.

Elephants in South Africa

We could have been seeing this in South Africa next month!

It still hurts thinking about these missed opportunities.

The two of us have concluded that the longer-term benefits of completing this three-month work contract far outweigh the short-term gains of travel. We discovered the challenge of delayed gratification in the lead-up to our RTW trip last year so have been through something similar before.

But how do we survive without travel in the meantime?

This time around we don’t have the adventure of a lifetime just a few months away. We desperately need something to help get us through the next 3+ months without travel!

So we asked our awesome Facebook Fans to share with us how they deal with their wanderlust whilst they weren’t traveling and received some fantastic answers. Here are the best of them.

1. Do Something With Your Past Travel Photos

Toni of Reclaiming My Future cover her walls at work with her past travel photos and makes photo albums and scrapbooks at home. This is one way to keep your passion for travel strong by remembering those positive memories and some of the best moments of your life.

So start looking through those past travel photos and get inspired to get on the road again! We’ve still got over 10,000 photos from our round-the-world trip to sort through so we’ll be taking care of that in our spare time in the next few months.

2. Plan Short Trips and Weekend Getaways

Whitehaven Beach - something to look forward to!

Whitehaven Beach - something for us to look forward to!

Long-term travel isn’t an option for us at the moment but we’ll still be trying to take as many short trips as we can. We’re delighted to have a three-night visit to Hamilton Island planned in early May and having that booked means that at least we have something to look forward to.

If you’re in the same boat as us, make the most of your spare time/weekends and take an extra day or two (if possible) to have an extended break. The team behind Where’s My Passport are getting through their long days at work by looking ahead to their trip to Iceland in October.

3. Read Travel Blogs

You’ve obviously here on Don’t Ever Look Back for a reason – you want to read about travel and be inspired. And think that we’re just one of thousands of travel blogs out there!

Michael from Time Travel Turtle said that he reads travel blogs to make him feel like he’s permanently on the road. So if you need a little travel inspiration, head over to our Links page and check out some of the other awesome blogs out there.

4. Explore Your Own City

Melbourne Skyline At Night

Melbourne Skyline At Night

You’ve surely noticed that since we’ve returned back to Melbourne, we’ve been exploring a lot more of it. The two of us have taken an African safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo and gone ice-skating among other things. And we’re just getting started!

As Linda of Journey Jottings describes it…

“Think of all the people saving up to visit where *you* are as ‘their’ dream destination and imagine what they’d do with their precious time in your part of the world. Then spend every other weekend as a tourist opening your eyes to the intrinsic eccentricities that make where you’re currently based as a tourist on your home turf :)”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

5. Enjoy Other Forms of Armchair Travel

Obviously it’s not always convenient to sit at your computer and read travel blogs but there are plenty of other ways you can satisfy your appetite for travel.

Grab some travel magazines or watch some travel-related shows on television. Two of our favorite shows are Departures and An Idiot Abroad and these always entertain us and make us want to visit a variety of new destinations!

6. Help Others To Enjoy Travel

Our readers are a lovely, helpful bunch like Claudia Critelli Boothe who jumps on travel forums and provides insights and advice to people visiting her hometown or other places she’s visited. Then there’s the Travel Budget Couple who spread the love through CouchSurfing by hosting travelers in their hometown and showing them around.

7. Dream Of The Next Big Adventure

Vince Hancock heads straight for the travel agent after coming back from a trip and picks up a bunch of travel books to start dreaming of the next big adventure. This is something we did on many occasions before our round-the-world trip!

Even if you don’t have any concrete plans, think about where you’d like to go on your next big adventure and begin dreaming. We’ve got a few ideas in mind of where we’d like to head later in the year that we’ll share with our readers in due time.

How do you survive when you’re not traveling? Add your suggestions below!

Flickr Photos: Kleinz1, noami


  1. Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I SOoooo feel your pain. I am applying for overseas teaching jobs and waiting for my expat move. The holding pattern as a friend called it is driving me crazy! Once you have lived and traveled abroad for a long time it feels painful to be in one location for too long. I hope your three months go quickly and you enjoy the little get a way’s around Melbourne. I liked the reader that suggested looking at your city from the perspective of a visitor.
    Lisa recently posted..Berlin in a Day

    • Posted April 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      Ultimately we chose the path we’re heading down right now but it’ll all be worth it in the end, so long as we stick to some of these strategies to get us through. Good luck with finding an overseas teaching job and getting back on the move again! 🙂

  2. Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    I’m back home for the moment, and I’m trying my hardest to look at my hometown (and San Francisco) like I would if they were in another country–that means appreciating the beauty, seeking out new things to do, going to a new exhibit, sitting outside and simply enjoying the sunshine. It’s making all the difference! Particularly relate to the bit about how everyone’s home is a destination to someone else–just have to look at it the right way 🙂
    Christine recently posted..Saigon: an assault on the senses

    • Posted April 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

      It’s amazing how much of a different perspective you have of your home town once you’ve been on the road for a while. You seem to really notice the little things (like the beautiful weather) and tend to make the most of it.

      We’d love to swap places with you (and I’m sure there are plenty of others who would love to swap with us!) so it really is a great suggestion.

  3. Posted April 7, 2012 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    I know how tough it is to be stuck at home when all you want to be doing is traveling — it’s the story of my life, really. Lol.

    Your tips here though are great. I’m a big advocate of traveling closer to home when you can’t travel abroad. And I love scrapbooking all my big trips!! Like you said, it’s a great way to look back.
    Amanda recently posted..The Horses of Iceland

  4. Posted April 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Mostly daydreaming about the next big trip. Haha. But it’s true – we still have so much to explore near home day trips or weekend trips help cure the itch. 🙂
    Kieu ~ GQ trippin recently posted..We want to “Go With Oh” to Paris. (Again!)

  5. Posted April 20, 2012 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    Wow, I just stumbled upon this post and I wrote a post about this myself (see link below)! Only thing is I actually struggle with clinical depression, which doesn’t help with trying to cope with a life after travel. It is a daily fight, but trying to see our local city and country with a new set of eyes, dif. perspective should help. I just begun to try to do this, I hope I’m successful!
    Maria @latinAbroad recently posted..Life after travel: My depression and learning to live day by day

  6. Posted May 2, 2012 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Just discovered your blog through doing some research for my own blog on the travel bug and how much it bites when you’re stuck at home. Love your guys stuff and I will definitely be a regular reader!

    • Posted May 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      Hey Brittany, so glad you found us! Being at home is tough (and gets even harder as the time passes) but you just gotta look forward to that next big adventure, whatever that may be. Feel free to tweet us or email us anytime if you ever have any questions. 🙂

  7. Posted December 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Useful tips you had there!

    For me, I would take the time to wander around my own city or country actually (Singapore).. Sometimes you may discover a new quaint cafe, an indie t-shirt store or something totally new.

    Also I find that when you are well-traveled enough, you will somehow look at your home country in a different light. And it suddenly makes it more interesting to explore in your own backyard… until your next adventure trip 🙂

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