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Anna-Fee Schuller

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

How do you deal with the travel bug when you can't travel?

I guess the situation is familiar to most of you:

You want to travel so badly but you can't because of work, money, family, health, time issues. How do you satisfy your need to see new places and to meet new people, to be in the nature and to escape your daily life? 


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  • Diane gordin

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    I satisfy my need to travel when I can't by planning in great detail my next vacation. I explore hotels, restaurants, tours, places to visit etc. using many websites and books. My husband calls it "traveling in my mind".

    This way when I am ready the information I need is all there and planning is something I really enjoy. Looking forward to the trip is great too.

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    • Marla K.

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      Wow, that is EXACTLY what I do. I call it "having something to look forward to." Even if it's a while until my next big trip I ALWAYS have something on the horizon. I see I'm not alone in that! · (0 likelikes)

    • Henrique M.

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      You would love use www.goosit.com. You can actually plan all your trips, by th e time you will travel you can just pick one :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Tiffany Weber

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    Travel where you live. It's easy to become blind to the places within our own day to day boundaries, to forget the beauty of the land just with in an hour's drive. Living in Germany, you are surrounded with truly beautiful country, yet when I lived there, most of the locals hadn't seen half the things I'd seen in our region. Think about what makes your particular region special and try to pinpoint those cultural nuances that stand out.

    1. Go outside. Hike/bike/row every path you can find. Search your region like a treasure hunt and find those places that you didn't know about.

    2. Pretend you're going to write a travel guide on your local area and find out what places are there that you haven't been to yet.

    3. TALK to people. Be inquisitive. Talk to the farmers, bakers, chefs, historians in your home town. Learn as much as you can about the people around you and ask about behind-the-scenes opportunities to photograph, learn, and possibly write about what you've seen.

    4. Eat! Even on a small budget, you can try little things. Stop in a restaurant you've never been to and try a new food - even a small appetizer. Try a new wine/beer, learn about all the things cooked/grown locally.

    Learn to look at your home as if it's a travel destination and you'll be surprised at how interesting it can be.

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      I agree, seeing my home town as a travel destination is a good way of staying active and travel within the boundaries of my daily life. Still, I think it's difficult at times to be in the right frame of mind to be open to new things in my everyday life. I'd conisder myself an open-minded, sociable and adventurous person. But somehow, I feel that when you travel all these amazing things come to you naturally and at home you have to actively search for them. Maybe that's what's bothering me. · (0 likelikes)

    • Tiffany W.

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      You're right. It is difficult and has to be a conscious decision and sometimes I don't have the energy to pour into that mind-set, but it is possible. Perhaps if you can get out of your comfort zone somehow and place yourself in a group that is different from what you know, you'll be able to easier gain a new perspective. (Your refugee volunteer experience is an amazing start!) · (1 likelikes)

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  • Heny Purnamasari

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    Hi Anna, I believe travel does not always mean going abroad or getting in a plane. Traveling can simply mean exposing yourself to new places, cultures and environment. The easiest thing I would do is to change my routine or to try something new, i.e. taking public transport if I'm driving, trying a new restaurant/cuisine, attending a cultural festival or visiting new parts of the city. Basically, introducing the excitement of adventures that I usually get from traveling to everyday life. Good luck!

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  • Michael Mayo

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    Here in the USA, we are fortunate to have really awesome National Parks like Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, etc. When I was younger, broke, no vacation time form work and with young kids (which is basically the situation in this question), we would frequent our National Parks for short three day weekend trips. For a fee of less than $20 and a lot cheaper than amusement parks like Disneyland, you get a week's pass to the parks. You can hike and do outdoor activities. The activities are not burden to our budget and we appreciate the beauty of nature. For maximum fun, you can organize an informal get together with your buddies and relatives to go these parks for camping and socializing.

    Some county parks are even closer to where I live. Majority of the parks are free to the public and almost as big as some National parks. Usually, they are an hour drive from my house. I believe in Germany and in Europe have many parks also (which I have not visited because usually I go to the touristy areas due to time constraints).

    I am from the Bay Area (San Francisco-San Jose). So, we also have beaches (Santa Cruz and Monterey) to explore and enjoy- also for free.


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      I hate to mention this because it makes me feel ancient, but for 10 dollars you canget a senior pass to all national parks and monuments. What a deal! · (1 likelikes)

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  • patrick burke

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    I like to open up google maps and zoom in. There's so much stuff about Minneapolis that I learn from just zooming around the map: new restaurants, shops, coffee bar or a new drive to try.

    Its also fun to learn the names of all the parts of town and look up strange sounding streets or local history which adds the dimension of time to your environment.

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  • Joao Campos

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    Read. Read as much as you can. This is the best "medication" -- maybe it's the only. I'm not sure if it works for you, but you should give it a try.

    I say this knowing that nothing can replace the feeling of being in the wild, of being in the unknown, but at the same level, travel can't take you to places that books take you.

    Think of this as a trade. Read and reach farther than ever the next time you travel. Travel and reach real and authentic places on your next reading.

    The wonder we're gifted on both experiences gives us new ways of seeing the world.

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    Great question, Anna! I wish I could travel for a living sometimes, but I also love calling a place home. I love new local finds - new restaurants, bars or stores with new flavors and unique to the area. Talk to the waiter, bartender, owner, you may learn something new! Volunteering is a great solution as well! Not only are you serving your community, but you meet an abundance of people with different experiences, and puts your life into perspective. Also, it may be cheesy, but escape in a book or movie. There are so many stories to be told and amazing how writers can bring them to life in words and pictures.

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      Indeed, you can always try and see new things in the city you live in. But considering that you live in New York I can imagine that it's really easy for you to feel like in a different city or even country. However, I live in a (beautiful) rather small town in Germany and sometimes I feel like there's nothing left to do for me. Cool that you mentioned volunteering, I will start working at a refugee camp in September so I have a new and exciting experience I can look forward to. :-) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Jack Karolewski

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    Re-read Paul Theroux's travel books!

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  • Liz Fed

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    Read VAGABONDING. And realize you CAN travel.

    If you're stuck in the same-old with the same-old people and same-old routine every day, start paying more attention and really engaging with those people -- shake things up, do something unexpected every day.. And save up a little every day towards your travel goal. Ask even the random people you run into what's a travel inspiration they'd like to share with you. Ask them who you should look up if you actually go where they're recommending. You may be surprised what opportunities are out there -- people are usually more than willing to reminisce and may have thought of a way to do it better or cheaper if they had to do it over again.

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  • Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

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    I watch House Hunters International. :-)

    True story.

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  • C. Margaret Campbell

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    you just have to wait and plan, I didn't get my holiday in may/aug as I was unwell and not allowed to fly but I got all clear so now I am away in sept. sorry to hear about your problem but can you ask family to help out


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  • Teri Young

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    I think I did the best thing for me... I went back to school and became a Travel Consultant! I am constantly take continuing education classes both online and in person. Staying up to date on places I love, keeps me current, and allows me to give my clients better information! Planning vacations for people (at least the way I do it!) keeps my mind in that place! Then I go there myself, as often as time and money will allow!

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    Start travel within your dreams or relive the memories of the old trips via photos

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  • Steve Shallenberger

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    Hello, for Me I travel to experience the sites, culture and people. So when I don't have time or resources to get on a plane and go big. I go smaller for the same experiences. I live in Oregon and have done many day trips to see wildlife areas, I go to Festivals, we have ghost towns and old historical sites all over my state. I listen to a lot of historical podcasts. I think that inspires me to go see these sites and try to imagine how it was then. A lot of times that is a influence in my destination descision to travel overseas. We have the beach, mountains & desert all in my state. All can be seen in a weekend. I enjoy mingling with the locals and doing what they do, even if it is just a Sunday breakfast in a old schoolhouse. Which is also something I would do when I go overseas. That helps me a little. I went to a Art & Air Festival yesterday. There were balloons, planes, artwork, food court & vendors. As well as live music. I also got to see a very interesting reptile display as well. All 45 minutes from My house and the enterance was free.

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  • Jared Huntley

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    Hey Anna-Fee,

    I usually write about the adventures I've had, look through old photos and plan for the next travel destination! Sometimes escaping the monotony of daily life and work is easily found in reading someone's blog, living vicariously through a book or watching stunning documentaries.

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    Lots and lots and lots..and LOTS! Of travel shows, movies, books!

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    Watch reruns of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern

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    I agree with Diane G answer too but most people don't realize that they are great places to see in your own home town or nearby. One year I made a point to visit every Park in Pinellas County! That's a lot of parks. Challenge yourself to think outside the box and stop in and eat at a restaurant that's out -of- the - way. Even 15 miles will make you feel your some place else which U.S. Wanderlusters need!ūüĎć

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    Hosting Couchsurfers!

    I love being able to meet new people from around the world and learn about their cultures, language, food, etc. Showing CSers around also helps me rediscover my city through a visitor's eyes, and the forums are a great place to meet new people and talk travel.

    If you can't travel the world right now, bring the world to you!

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    When I am unable to actually travel for whatever reason, I make plans. Very detailed but flexible plans for when I do travel. I research such intangibles as the upcoming weather and plan wardrobe for packing. I contact everyone along my planned route with tentative dates. I schedule my doctor appointments early and lay in a good supply of vital meds and I clean my environment to make ready for any opportunity.


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