How to (Temporarily) Cure Wanderlust

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I’ve had it before, and I still continue to have it now, especially in the lull moments of my hectic student life in between deadlines. A multitude of things can trigger wanderlust: stress, Instagrammed pictures of a nearby country, travel articles, travel blogs, traveling equipment at the mall… even the most far-fetched ideas can send you spiraling down the tunnel of want, longing, excitement, and (after the harsh realization that you won’t be able to satiate yourself… yet) disappointment. It disappears after a while, but it leaves behind a bitter pang of jealousy and sadness, making you want to just curl up in bed.

Being a full-time university student, I don’t have a lot of means to fly any time I want to. There’s the issue of money, time, and other priorities that need to be taken care of “ASAP!”, making the whole idea of traveling an untouchable topic until Christmas. As such, I suffer from several bouts of wanderlust that come regardless of how loaded I am with work, and to avoid feeling the hollow disappointment that’s really quite crushing in its intensity, I’ve come up with a short list of temporary cures.

1. Write

I fill my blog with articles of places I’ve visited to be able to remember all the fun I had while I was there, and to encourage others to drop by them, too. I’ve found that the warm feeling I get from reminiscing takes most of the wanderlust’s edge off, although sometimes I end up missing the place and the people I associate with it terribly.

2. Plan future trips

It doesn’t matter that you won’t be able to go right now. Planning for a future trip is a perfect way to assure yourself that you will one day travel to the place(s) you want to go to. What I usually do is make an itinerary for an outrageously cheap trip, and it doesn’t matter if I lose [more] sleep over it, as long as I produce the numbers that will either make or break me.

3. Research

Having wanderlust is a great excuse to know more about your dream country/city, and if that doesn’t motivate you to start doing #2… I recommend delving a little bit deeper.

Traveling is a great adventure, and the whole process of trying to dampen your wanderlust should open your eyes to the reality that your dreams may be right at the tip of your fingers!

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