I’m always asked why I don’t start a travel blog. It would make sense because travel is one of the biggest topics online. Everyone wants to travel.
But what happens when you get tired of travelling? How do you keep that wanderlust alive?
It’s a question that I’ve had to answer. When you only travel every so often you’re always excited, but the game changes when your trip starts to be measured in years instead of weeks.
So how do I keep my desire to travel alive?
I Stop Travelling for a While
I know that technically staying in a foreign country is another style of travel. I don’t return home (wherever that is). But in terms of movement, I simply stop.
I find a place I like and I stay there. It’s why I stayed in Phnom Penh for three weeks, it’s why I stayed in Sarajevo for 3.5 months, and it’s why I stayed in the Romanian province of Maramures for a couple of months.
It works because by the time I’m coming to the end of my stay I’m ready to go again.
Moving all the time is incredibly tiring, even if you’re just sitting on a plane or a bus.
I Play (or Watch) Video Games
Video games were always a big part of my life when I was younger. When I see certain places I’m reminded of the places I used to explore virtually. Even years later those images stick in my mind.
I rarely get the chance to play video games, but I can watch them. Yes, I’m one of those weird people who substitutes hours spent playing with a few minutes spent watching. I like story-based games, so seeing those virtual landscapes inspires me to go on an adventure.
This might seem strange to some, but whatever works!
I Return to a Place I Loved
Anyone who travels for a long time knows that there are certain countries you don’t enjoy. There are even those countries that you want to flee as soon as you possibly can. Nothing causes you to lose motivation like visiting a place you don’t want to stay in.
So if I need some motivation I try to incorporate a place I’ve already visited but I really loved. If you’re not enjoying a certain place, just think about that place you really enjoyed.
For me, that’s places like Japan, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the US.
Nothing evokes wanderlust like refreshing yourself with a destination you fell in love with.
I Join Someone Else’s Trip
If I’m feeling down, I make friends with someone and join them on their trip. This is easier than you might think, at least for someone like me.
Since I don’t really have any deadlines and I can go wherever I want, I can easily follow someone else for a few days.
Once, I found someone going in the same direction as me in Azerbaijan. We went to Georgia via night train and into Armenia, along with the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, or Artsakh as the Armenians call it. The whole experience lasted around three weeks and I had a blast.
It creates a little unpredictability and reduces the amount of alone time you have.
I Tick Off a Bucket List Item
Like any traveller, I have a bucket list of places I want to see and experience. Originally, it was all the great capitals of Europe and (apart from Madrid) I accomplished that. I’d also dreamed of visiting Japan, which I did last year. Another bucket list item is visiting every continent, of which I’ve seen five.
So sometimes I need to set a goal to work towards. Visiting every country in the world is my ultimate goal, but that’s a lofty, long-term affair.
I’ll motivate myself by stopping off at a bucket list place.
My next trip is likely going to be the Middle East in a couple of months. Petra in Jordan and Dubai are two bucket list items I have for that trip. So I’m excited to go to that part of the world.
It’s a Myth that Everywhere is Fantastic
I despise most travel blogs. I hate the fact that everywhere they go seems to be exciting, amazing, and life-changing.
Before I started my first trip in 2015, I believed their propaganda. But it’s really not like that. You do get these destinations, but you also get the ones that are “just okay” and the ones that you would like to wipe off the face of the Earth.
It’s why I stopped reading them because I learned how they make their money. They’re always positive and everywhere is amazing because that’s what that crowd wants to read about.
But I think it’s important to understand that some parts of the world will suck your wanderlust dry. It’s based on your personal tastes.
That’s why I have no problem cutting my time in a country short if it makes me want to slash my wrists. It might mean losing money but consider it an investment in your own personal happiness.
What’s the worst destination you’ve ever visited?
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