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Wanderlust isn’t exactly something that goes away easily, but I can tell you how to cure wanderlust at home while you are waiting for your next big adventure. The definition of wanderlust is “a strong desire to travel,” but there are loopholes behind this if you ask me! The desire to travel is the desire for something new – a new experience, a new culture, or new people. This is generally not something you think you can find in your hometown, but I’m here to change that notion!
I think that people get bored of where they live because, after living there a certain amount of time, they get the false idea that they know everything about that place and become closed off to new experience. But, that is completely the wrong frame of mind! If you remain open to new experience there is no limit to the adventures you can have, even in the place you have lived for years. Never stop exploring and enjoying the place you live; if it may seem old or repetitive after a while, that’s when it’s time to change up your routine! Here are five ways how to cure wanderlust while at home, or ways to get more out of where you live:
How to Cure Wanderlust: Try a New Place to Eat Once Each Week
Many people get comfortable with a few places that they already know are good to go out to, and fall into a routine of only going those places. But to get more out of your home and to cure your wanderlust, branch out a little bit more. You can go easy on this one, or as in depth as you want. To stay simple, find a new place to grab a bite each week. Search on Yelp or other online blogs to find recommendations, and get out there and try them out! To be more adventurous, you can choose a few categories and find new places in each category each week- like a new coffee shop, a new breakfast place, a new place to get smoothies, a new sushi restaurant or a new bar. The sky’s the limit on what you can discover!
How to Cure Wanderlust: Take a New Way Home Once a Week
Commutes can get boring, long, and deathly. Why not take a new way home one time each week and enjoy the scenery? Getting home doesn’t have to mean wanting to ram your head into the wall or wanting to get there as fast as humanly possible. Try a new way home, and really take in what makes this new way different. Notice the different scenery and new streets or buildings on this route. Be more active in experiencing your trip home, like you would in a new place, instead of basically zoning out the entire way like many people do!
Read More: The Hardest Part About Getting Up and Going Traveling (for those who do eventually want to cure their wanderlust in a foreign country!)
How to Cure Wanderlust: Be a Tourist
You probably steer as clear as possible from places in your hometown that would be popular with tourists- and every city has them. No matter where you live, I would place bets that you often don’t go anywhere near landmarks, city centers, famous hotels, or basically anywhere that someone visiting your area would go, anymore. But I encourage you to remember why your home is great, and to do something touristy just one time. Be a tourist in your city just for one day. No matter how many times you have done it, visit that pier or that famous statue or that mall or that street where all the tourists go, and remember why people visit your city in the first place. It’s a great way to cure wanderlust at home.
How to Cure Wanderlust: Notice Something You Have Never Noticed
Next time you’re walking or driving around your home town, I challenge you to find something that you have never noticed before. Try it. I can guarantee after just a little bit of searching and looking at things through different eyes, you’ll find something that you have never even noticed was there, that has probably been there for a while. It’s an interesting and slightly humbling feeling to experience first hand that there is always something new to find, even somewhere you think you totally know.
How to Cure Wanderlust: Have a New Adventure Outdoors
Get outside and find an outdoor activity that you have never done before. Have an adventure. Find a new walking trail, a new viewpoint, a new bike ride or route, a new sport that you haven’t really taken to before. Many people end up in a a routine of doing the same walk or same activity, and finding a new one can be a great change of pace. Pick up a basketball and shoot some hoops at that court you always pass by, or find a new trail or walk in your area. This can also be extended to your whole state, county, or area. A lot of people feel that they need to go far away to travel, but how many times have you researched what cool things there are to do within few hours of your home? Make a day trip and go somewhere close by – maybe a national park, a new beach, mountain, or market – and travel at home. It’s easier than you may think!
So basically the key to getting more out of where you live is seeking out new experience in an old place. There is always new to find in the old; sometimes you just have to look a little bit harder or from a different point of view. I know you can find great things and cure your wanderlust at least a little bit, no matter what kind of place you live in!
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