Being stuck in a 9-5 cycle when every part of you wants to travel the world is difficult. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world (literally), but it is difficult with things like time off, saving etc. So I’ve compiled a list of my tips and tricks of how to cope with wanderlust and working full-time.
How to cope with wanderlust and working full-time
One. Be a tourist in your own town.
Play tourist for the day! Do all the things you wouldn’t usually do, but the things that attract people to your city. For me, in Bradford, people come from far and wide to visit the theatre here, so every so often I like to have a look what’s on, and although I’m not your typical ‘theatre goer’ there is something exciting about getting dressed up and heading to see a show!
Two. Go to the city next to yours!
This is easy for me, as Leeds is a £2.50 train journey away, meaning I can go explore another city for super cheap! If you do have a city close to you, that you don’t get over too often, take a day to go and get fully lost in it (then use the map app to get you back to where you parked…)
One of the best ways to beat that constant feeling of wanderlust is, well, to go on another trip! I like to set up savings plan – a type of ‘I will save up X amount each month meaning in 2 months I can book flights and accommodation’. I’m currently saving for a few trips and my Round the World trip, so this really helps keep my wanderlust at bay. (You can read part one of my budgeting mini series here!)
Four. Plan for a future trip!
I do this allll the time. I’ll have a look for flights for a time I’m free, and then I’ll spend hours and hour or booking.com or Airbnb planning where I’ll stay when I go to this place. 9.9/10 I don’t go ahead with these little trips, but I do love researching costs and countries/cities I’ve never been too.
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Five. Reminisce your past trips!
If you’re like me, one way of helping your wanderlust is talking about travelling. However, my partner is a liiiiittle bit bored of me constantly talking about SEA or our future trip to Sri Lanka (though he’s too polite to ever admit it). The is the exact reason I started this blog! But you might chose to write a book based on your travels, re-reading over travel diaries, or looking through old photographs!
I hope this helps with your wanderlust whilst you’re living in the real world, it’s a struggle and it can sometimes be tough and frustrating. But I hope you manage to find a good balance.
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