How to Cure the Travel Bug at Home

Last Updated on September 5, 2023 by Natalie

Do you have a deep passion for travel but find yourself unable to embark on journeys? Here are a few imaginative ways to channel your wanderlust and express your affection for exploring, all within the confines of your own home.

If you’re travel-obsessed but are unable to travel. here are a few ways you can cure your “travel bug.”

1. Dive into your box of travel treasures

Does anyone else have a chest full of travel trinkets? Mine is stuffed full of everything from postcards, ticket stubs, or just little knick-knacks I’ve found along the way. This is the perfect time to go through it! I honestly had no idea what was in mine, until I took the time to really go through it. You may be surprised at some of the things you find, and the memories associated with them.

This ripped piece of paper doesn’t look like much, but it is one of my favorite travel souvenirs, and it was free! I found this piece of paper on the streets of a lovely little town in Cuba. I don’t know why I picked it up, or really why I even kept it but it’s one of my favorites.

2. Learn or perfect a hobby

Learning a hobby like photography, videography, or (travel) blogging are amazing hobbies to help you complement your love for travel.

3. Read that Travel-Inspired Coffee Table Book

We all have that travel-inspired coffee table we impulsively bought but haven’t read. Now is the perfect time to read it!

How to cure the travel bug at home

4. Catalog your travel photos.

Consider buying a hard drive to store all of your travel pictures. If you don’t have many photos, a flash drive will work as well. Once you have your storage device, create folders for each of your destinations. This has helped me massively in terms of organization and may put you at ease to know where exactly your pictures are.

5. Start a scrapbook or print book of your travel photos

Scrapbooking has always been something I enjoy. There is just such satisfaction in having all of your memories collected in one place. It’s also a fun thing to look back on with your friends and family. If you don’t have the patience for scrapbooking, organize a travel print book on Shutterfly.

6. Learn a new recipe from your favorite destination

My kitchen may not look like Thailand, but it can smell like it! Trying making goulash from Hungary, scones from England, or a Greek salad from Greece. Traveling has definitely expanded my imagination in the kitchen. Trying new international cuisine has kept me connected with learning about other cultures even I’m not traveling.

Easy Spicy Thai Noodles

7. Read a book about a journey

If you are missing traveling, this book will take you all around the world and show you how you can grow by exploring. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho is the perfect read for a time like this.

How to cure the travel bug at home

8. Explore somewhere new

Throw a dart on a map or dive into wanderlust Pinterest and discover a new destination you’ve never thought to travel to.

9. Start a journal

I’ve kept a journal since I was twelve! Writing is really therapeutic for me, and a great time capsule for my thoughts for certain milestones in life. Pictures are what you want people to see, but writing is how you really feel. Keep up with your journal on your next adventure to remember your travels.

Thanks for reading! I hope this post has helped you come up with ideas on how you can cure your “travel bug” in the comfort of your own home. I’d love to read in the comments below what you’ve been doing at home to feed your wanderlust.

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  1. Love these ideas for keeping the travel spirit alive even when we’re at home! I’ve definitely been working on #6 – learning lots of international recipes from my favorite destinations. It’s been so fun!

  2. I definitely have the travel bug right now–I miss it so much! These are great ideas though! I’ve been meaning to start a travel journal, so what better time than now to start, right? 😛

  3. Hahaahha you called me out! I LOVEEE display books, but I never buy them! I should really get one for my coffee table!

  4. I definitely need this post right now! I’ve been getting my travel fix from reading and trying new recipes. I definitely want to start working on my photography skills during this time.

  5. Great ideas! I really need to get some of my travel trinkets organized, they do end up just sitting in a box and I would like to display them. With all this time not traveling, it’s the perfect time to get organized. It’s too bad you had to cancel your trip to Europe this year. Depending on how things go with opening back up again, I really like Europe in December because of the Christmas markets that they have there, it just feels so magical!

    1. Thanks Brianna! Yes I totally agree about Europe. It’s actually on my bucket list to go in the winter tp see the Christmas markets. My mom is hard to convince though! She loves warm weather.

  6. I do miss my travel but I now have time to take a breath and catch up on so many things on your list. My digital photo library is now getting thoroughly catalogued and tagged. And I have been cooking recipes (old and new) and sharing them out on my other blog.

  7. I love this post and how gorgeous your layout is. Honestly such a beautiful website! And this post is great. I think it is important us travellers don’t lose our love for travel throughout these trying times!

  8. I wrote a similar post a few weeks back and it’s so interesting to read the different things you’ve come up with! I love the idea about a travel scrapbook!

  9. I love all of these suggestions! I’ve been doing most of these to keep my travel bug satisfied while at home. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Lots of great ideas here! Can relate to so many of the points you make in this post – I’ve been trying to watch travel shows and read blogs to help plan our future plans once the restrictions are lifted. Just finished putting together a display collage of several of our travel photographs and knick-knacks – your post does give readers plenty of inspiration to help cure their travel bug during these trying times.

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