After all, travel is as much about the mind as it is the miles – embracing the unexpected, seeing the world, mankind, and yourself with new eyes. Here are ten more ways (a dozen all told) to feed your wanderlust in between those big trips.
1. Dine at a local restaurant that specializes in something different, like Thai/Ethiopian/Indian/ Mexican/Peruvian . . . food. Food is a delicious way to get a taste (literally) of far-flung destinations. Try something new.
2. Read a travel blog. There are tens of thousands out there covering every corner of the world from every angle, some better than others. What can I say; I’m so happy you’re here!!!!
3. Take a hike. That’s right; get lost! To quote Ray Bradbury, “Half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.”
4. Plan your next big trip. Yes, peruse all those travel brochures; surf the web; watch the Travel Channel; explore all your options until your eyes are buggy. After all, anticipation often surpasses the real deal.
5. Subscribe to a travel magazine, such as National Geographic. This quintessential travel magazine has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. You don’t even need a subscription to be part of the journey if you join the 34 million fans on Nat Geo’s Facebook page.
6. Visit a grocery store that caters to foreigners. Whole Foods doesn’t count. Personally, I like buying something to eat during my visit, preferably something sweet or salty or crunchy or chewy (I’m not terribly picky when it comes to stuffing my face), and then waiting to get home to truly savor the experience.
7. Take a staycation. Imagine; no airports and no jetlag; just fun, or rest and relaxation, at affordable prices, at nearby locations.
9. Listen to music from other parts of the world. This universal language speaks poignantly to the unique cultural gifts the world has to offer, be it Latin American jazz, Tibetan chants, Japanese koto music, Indian raga, Nordic folk music or South African Mbaqanga music, and so, so many more ethnic gems.
10. Be a tourist in your own town (or your sister's town). Head to that nearby state park/art fair/zoo/museum/botanical garden/… you’ve always wanted to see; shop at local businesses, dine at local restaurants. Don’t forget the camera!