If you’re feeling a bit uninspired and in need of some motivation lately, I can assure you that you’re not alone. Not being able to travel has been a huge road block in my plans and changed my life these past few months.
It’s easy to feel down and discouraged during these times. Traveling is one of the most rewarding and enriching parts of my life. Obviously without it, people are not going to feel like themselves.
I recently posted some tips of things you can do now to prepare for future travels, but what if you just can’t wait any longer to feel the excitement of travel again?
Don’t worry, there are some ways you can become inspired about travel again and feel like you’re traveling from home. Thanks to some innovation and adaptation, many people are finding activities they can do at home to remain hopeful for the future and the ability to travel once more.
These five tips will get you started to feeling inspired and excited about travel. Each of them can be done immediately from home and will add some fulfillment back into these areas of your life that have been missing.
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1. Take a virtual tour
People can be extremely creative during difficult times. Thanks to some amazing problem solving, most tourist destinations and museums are now offering free virtual tours on their websites. All you have to do is hop on your computer or phone and start thinking of some places you’ve always wanted to go.
Many of these museums also have interactive games that are educational and fun for kids! If you are currently home schooling, this is a great activity to try.
Here are some world renowned museums you can check out:
- The Louvre Museum in France
- The British Museum in England
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
- The Vatican Museums in Vatican City
2. Read travel books
Books are a great way to get lost in another world, which sounds more enticing than ever. Now that the weather is warming up, head outside and take a book with you.
I’ve mentioned this idea in other posts, but I want to be more specific about it now. If you are especially interested in certain destinations, search for the best books to read on that place. If you’re open to any books about travel, here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy
- Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux
- Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West
All of these can be found in the *travel section of the ebooks website.
3. Follow some travel bloggers or influencers
I love getting new travel ideas and inspiration from fellow travel bloggers. Instagram is a great place to go (besides the actual blog site) for the best photography and visuals of each person’s unique travels. There are so many great travel bloggers out there who specialize in many different areas. You can start by going to any of my social media pages and searching through the people I follow or the things I’ve posted.
It’s easy to search about topics you’re especially interested in and find bloggers who can offer tons of resources and inspiration. One of my favorite things to do is search for bloggers who have traveled to places I’m interested in and see if they’ve posted an itinerary for that destination.
This is a perfect and free way to find the best of a certain place from someone who has been there and is a travel expert. No need to hire a travel guide for your next trip. I can assure you some blogger out there has written a detailed and thoughtful itinerary to make your trip perfect.
4. Watch travel shows or movies
As some of you may already know, I was first inspired to move abroad from watching House Hunters International on HGTV. I know what you’re thinking. If someone would have told me that same story two years ago, I would have thought they were crazy. I’m sure some of my friends and family think I am too!
My point is that you never know what is going to speak to you until you try it. It’s pretty easy to see how much I’m influenced by shows and movies that spark my interest. Find some films or series that take place in a destination you’ve always wanted to visit.
If you don’t have any place in mind, just stream some shows that cover many different places. Some great travel shows that I love are anything that Anthony Bourdain created, such as No Reservations or Parts Unknown. I believe he did an amazing job on these shows. I’ve spent many hours watching them and I’m always able to learn new and fascinating things from them.
5. Cook some foreign cuisine
Perhaps you will get inspired by watching Anthony Bourdain, or maybe you’ve always wanted to try authentic food from a certain region. Why not create the experience right in your own kitchen? If you need ideas, check out my post all about the best Spanish food.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling for me is getting to try all of the best food each region has to offer. Sometimes, it is the biggest driving factor when I’m considering where to go next. Obviously, you can’t go anywhere right now. That can’t stop you from trying the different tastes of the world!
It may require some research on your part depending on how complicated you want to get. The good thing is, you’ve got the time right now. Go big and make something amazing. You’ll be proud of yourself and you’ll have a delicious meal.
You could even make this a fun date night, get all dressed up and decorate the dining room like the region the food is from! Buy a pretty backdrop *on Amazon and hang it up in your house. You can enjoy your Italian meal and even take pictures in front of the backdrop. This would be a great way to spice up your usual lockdown routine and create memories you’ll always cherish.
Whether you’re in need of some travel spirit or you’re just bored from staying at home all the time, try some of these tips and see if you can reignite your passion for travel again. Either way, I know you’ll have fun doing these activities either by yourself or with the whole family.