What to Do When You Have Travel Envy
I’ve been experiencing some serious travel envy recently. It seems like everyone on my Facebook is going to Iceland, Europe or Hawaii. Trevor and I do have a big trip planned this July, but it doesn’t include flying or going anywhere where English isn’t the first language. Don’t get me wrong, I am SO excited about the trip we have planned, but I’ve got a serious itch that is begging for some international, crazy adventure. Unfortunately, I don’t think that itch is going to get scratched in 2017 (fingers crossed for 2018), so here’s what I’m telling myself in the meantime so I don’t whip out the credit card and book something in the heat of the moment.
1. Social Media is Made to Make You Want
I have a lot to look forward to this year and plenty of trips and other things to be thankful for, yet here I am yearning for something more. I love social media and hate it at the same time because I have a great trip planned for this summer, but now I’m sitting here discounting it because it’s not a trip to Europe or Australia. So, when I get caught up in where everyone else is going, I have to remind myself that social media kind of creates a vicious cycle. I see someone traveling, making me want to travel -> someone sees me traveling, making them want to travel. Repeat. Don’t get too wrapped up in it. If traveling is a priority for you, take a step back, check out your budget and work it in where you can, whether that means a weekend trip or a month-long sabbatical.
2. Get Active
I’ve noticed when I have travel-envy, it’s because I haven’t really been active. I don’t mean exercise active (although that would probably help too), more like I’ve just been a homebody in my free time and I haven’t gone out to do any local exploring. So, if I’m feeling restless, or jealous (oops), and don’t have the ability to go globe-trotting, I’ve found the best remedy is to plan a visit to a local winery or brewery, a quick road trip to a neighboring city or even just dinner at a new place and movie.
3. Plan a Fantasy Trip
This could go one of two ways — planning a fantasy trip makes you feel like you’re going somewhere and the itch is scratched for a while, or you get way too into it and actually end up booking the trip. I just want to say that I am not responsible if you go with the latter. I like doing this though because even if I know I can’t go on a trip now, maybe I can next year, so I might as well get ahead of everything and start dreaming up where I want to go and what I want to do now.
With so much social media in our lives, it’s incredibly difficult to keep up with everyone’s life and not feel envious when you see them doing something fun while you’re stuck at work or bored at home. The truth is though, social media only shows the best moments of people’s lives, so to make yourself feel better, remember that in a week, the person your envious of now will more than likely be home and stuck at work, bored, just like you.