When you look at your surroundings, do you feel listless? Uninspired? Are you dreaming of travel, but feeling like it’s just not in the cards for you right now?
I’ve lived in some really incredible places, where I should have been perfectly content. But no matter where I find myself, eventually I get that old, familiar hunger to be somewhere new. Call it ADD, or the travel bug, or wanderlust, whatever you like, but there’s no arguing that stuck-at-home blues are real.
Beat the Stuck-at-Home Blues
Listed below are some ways to cope with those feelings of discontent and longing.
Note: I’m not a doctor and am completely unqualified to assess or recommend treatment for depression. If you feel like you’re suffering from more than blue, please consider contacting a medical professional who can offer counseling and treatment!
Take a deep breath of fresh air. Breathe deeply. Even if it’s below freezing and you’re dreaming of somewhere warmer, at least get out long enough to take a few nice, cleansing breaths. Better yet, find an activity you can do outside. Combining fresh air and exercise is a sure way to fight any blues.
Take notice of the beauty around you. Whether that beauty is frost on the bare trees, the sun rising over an urban jungle or setting over sun-parched rolling hills, the song of a bird, or children exploring Mother Nature; beauty can be found anywhere you look.
Be a Tourist In Your Own Town
Samoans are always telling us that we have seen more of this island than they have. They’re surprised that we take advantage of every weekend, either at the beach or hiking, trying to experience every inch of this paradise while we’re here.
Before we left Idaho, we were stuck at home, wishing we could be anywhere but there. We had to change our attitude. Instead of waiting around until we could go somewhere exotic, we decided to buy a travel trailer and start exploring our own backyard. Almost every weekend, we went somewhere, discovering new places that we had heard of and never taken the time to see for ourselves.
You don’t want to look back and regret not taking full advantage of a place when you had the opportunity.
Keep Dreaming and Planning
Even as we toured around Idaho in our travel trailer, we kept researching ways to go international.
During those months, I spent hours online, dreaming and planning. I checked websites like Skyscanner and Student Universe almost daily, watching for incredible deals and daydreaming of purchasing those tickets. I planned elaborate road-trips across Europe. I researched Workaway gigs that we could use to hop around SE Asia. We watched movies that kept our wanderlust alive, I read books about travel and adventure, and we talked about all the places we wanted to visit. I spent hours reading and listening to travel blogs and podcasts; hearing stories of other families who were making travel work for them, helped keep me inspired and motivated.
Set goals to help you get there. If you haven’t already, set-up a separate savings account just for travel. We used to wait until the end of the month and then transfer anything that was left, but we found that we weren’t saving as much as we thought we should. Now we automatically transfer a certain amount at the beginning of each pay period and somehow we still have money left at the end to tansfer also.
Don’t Lose Heart
I’m guessing that you’ve been there, too. If you’re reading this then I’m assuming you must have some interest in travel, which means there’s probably at least one trip that seems just out of reach. If it makes you feel any better, I’m right there with you! Even living in paradise doesn’t exempt us from feeling this way.
When I’m feeling stuck, I like to connect with other traveling families who are doing what I wish my family could be doing. They are usually founts of knowledge and experience that help me stay on track and stay motivated.
At one of my lowest times, when long-term travel seemed like an unreachable dream, I started a blog about travel. There are so many roadblocks to traveling (especially for long-term, family travel), I wanted to help break down as many as possible for others.
Unless you have unlimited funds and time, you’re probably stuck dreaming of somewhere, too. While you’re stuck, take a break and go outside, look around to see what your missing from your own backyard, keep researching and making plans, and never give up!
So where are you wanting to go? And what are you doing about it? Do you have any tricks to help beat the stuck-at-home blues?
If you need help with the planning stage, download my free Travel Dream Planner. It will help you see exactly what steps you need to take to be ready to embark on that dream trip, or at least the trip that keeps you sane in the meantime.
As always, keep Traveling Oustide-the-Box!