A wanderlust is someone who travels All. Of. The. Time. For those most afflicted, planning the next adventure begins immediately after returning from the last one. And, while the outdoorsy and brave wanderlust will have no fear toward foreign fare or critters (the former often includes the latter), a well-off wanderlust might prefer the comforts of a 4- or 5-star hotel. Even though closed borders and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic have put a serious damper on many a wanderlust, we’ve got some ideas.

Business trips have yet to resume. So what about leisure travel? Glenn D. Fogel is CEO of one of the biggest travel search engines, Bookings.com. Travel companies have has already seen steep declines and Fogel thinks recovery in travel and travel-related services is going to take years not quarters. Wait, really? But for so many of us, the grocery store has been the main destination.

So whether you’ve been entertaining yourself by pretending to be the next America’s Top Chef or struggling to balance working from home while homeschooling children, remember you’re not alone.

Let’s Wanderlust Together (Either Alone or in Our Quar Pod)

Spring is in the air, and let’s face it, we’re all a little stir crazy at this point. If you’re dreaming of escape, leave the dishes in the sink, the laundry in the hamper and go. Here are a few ways you can live like a wanderlust this weekend.

The most invigorating part of travel is the constant novelty, the ever-continuing discovery of new things. When we travel, we automatically switch into adventure mode and become more alert and in awe of our surroundings. But you can train your mind to think like a traveler. Be grateful and impressed by every sunset, even when you’re seeing it from the same standpoint. To stay refreshed, curious, and adventurous, find a different vantage point to watch the sunrise or set. If you can get to a body of water, go there super early in the morning and watch the world awake.

Taking photos is another activity that occupies the intrepid traveler. Grab your old camera, smartphone, or both, and pretend you work for National Geographic. You’ll see the world from a different vantage point and boost your Instagram account. Perhaps it’s less about how far you go and more about how you think about where you are … 

Take a Trip Outside 

bare feet in field of daisys

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Grab your backpack and fill it with sunscreen, a hat, water, snacks, and other supplies you’d think to bring if you were traveling outside the country—hint: camera. Go to your furthest outdoor state park or off-the-beaten-path destination (be sure it’s open before you go) and spend the day in nature, And please, go ahead and take off your shoes. Wanderlust Tip: The experienced wanderlust always carries a bee sting kit and knows to arrive early to beat the crowds. 

No Passport Required

woman leaning on rock reading a book

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

As cities and towns across America are opening up during the coronavirus pandemic, the beaches, state parks, and popular tourist towns and cities will most likely attract crowds this weekend and several weekends ahead. If you’d rather avoid them don’t despair. You can still take a trip. Simply,  grab a folding camping chair, hat, and find a piece of deserted nature to read a book. Disqualifiers are your couch or backyard. 

You’ll be surprised how quickly reading a book will transport you to that place your reading about. While it won’t make your wanderlust worse, it’s not guaranteed to cure it. Wanderlust Tip: Bring a picnic lunch filled with the types of food your protagonist might eat. See suggestions below:

 

 

 

On the Road, by Jack Kerouac