I would travel about 3-4 times a year and it was always something I looked forward to. The very thought of an upcoming trip always kept me looking towards something. Even when life would seemed hard or boring, I could always look towards my planned event and feel better. Don’t even get me started about planning it. I am a master planner, especially when it comes to travels.
Amidst all this covid anxiety I decided to write a lighter piece. There is so much fear, worry and anxiety still that I think we all just need a break. I don’t know about you but my anxiety has been coming and going in never ending waves. I am tired. As I was thinking about what to share with you all, I decided I wanted to write about travel.
Travel was always one of the best ways for me to unwind and refresh myself. Whenever I would feel anxious, travel, even locally, always helped clear my mind. Since just about all of us are restricted from this, I think it would be rather helpful to share how I am staying sane with my travel bug. Trust me, some of these impulses are getting stronger and stronger. Yes, I am aware some of you might be thinking, just go, have fun and forget about all the worry and covid nonsense. You see, we already had several family members and coworkers test positive for it and I have a responsibility to my family to stay safe and healthy. Comprising myself is not in the cards.
I also know compared to what is going on in the world having travel impulses is not that big of a deal. And yet, I think we can all agree it’s still a bummer.
So, if you are like me and have the travel bug here are some things I have been doing to stay sane and keep up the anticipation in a healthy way.
- PLAN A TRIP
Plan an actual trip! Set a budget, pick a location, a date and start booking. Who are you going with or is it just yourself? How long are you going to be gone? Start planning. So what if your travel date is set 4 or 6 months ahead. At least it is planned.
- START SAVING FOR A TRIP(S)
All of our finances look different and I think especially more so now. Whatever you can save is still more than you had yesterday or the day before. Create a cute jar or box where you can see your progress and get excited for your planned trip. Don’t underestimate pennies and dimes, they add up.
Start visualizing yourself at your destination! Where are you? What are you doing? What do you see and feel? Use all of your senses and really believe you are there. Even if it is just for a couple of seconds. Don’t be afraid to get into the details.
- WATCH MOVIES/VIDEOS WITH AWESOME DESTINATIONS
If you can’t quite get visualization down then open up the YouTube app and start watching awesome clips of real life places. This can also be very calming to do. Plus, the more you watch the better you will become at visualizing yourself there. You know what they say, the more you focus on a particular thing, the better your chances of it becoming real.
- GET CREATIVE
Being stuck at home and limited to your neighborhood is no fun after a long period of time but, that is also the best time to get our creative juices going. You can have an indoor or backyard picnic. You can have more BBQs and home cooked meals. This is the time to start and finish all those projects you always mentioned and dreamed about doing. Creativity not only keeps you busy but also entertained.
- MAKE GOING OUT AN ADVENTURE
Make going out and running errands an adventure the best you can. Blast your favorite music. Try a different route to get to where you want to go. Find remote places where you can hang out with your pets and loved ones. I am always keeping an eye out for places where I can be socially distant, still feel safe while having a wonderful time. Try new foods, take scenic drives and so on. Spice things up!!!!
You don’t always have to take an extravagant trip to some faraway destinations to still get a new and fun experience. Doing these really make a difference in how I feel. Nobody likes to feel restricted but the truth is, is that we are. Making the most of what we got can help us stay positive and grateful.
Plus when you try to make it work you always end up finding something that surprises you.
Tell me in the comments, what are some new and creative ways you have been calming your travel bug?
Until next time,