Wherever you go, go with all your heart – Confucias
A Base & Building Roots
After travelling non-stop for 3 years, I decided to take a break from the road, set up some roots and build a good healthy routine.
Of course, I love travel and after all the experiences I’ve created, there’s no denying that from time to time the travel bug kicks back in and I dream about when my next adventure will come.
But let’s be realistic, we can’t have it all, and I think it’s crucial to find the best of both worlds between routine, work and finding time to travel and create new experiences.
Which brings me to a nice question to explore for this blog:
How can you travel when you are not travelling?
Ways To Travel When You’re Not Travelling
1 – Go On Microadventures
Microadventures are a recent phenomena targeted at people working 9-5. The basic idea is that you use the hours of the evening 5-9pm to break routine, step out of your comfort zone and have an adventure.
Wherever you live, there’s always something new to uncover and explore with friends in your city.
Of course microadventures include such as hiking, climbing, cycling, walking, running, but also think about urban exploration, or perhaps going out with a spontaneous mind and seeing where you end up.
Remember the purpose of a microadventure is to have fun and break routine.
Read more about microadventures here.
2 – Host Travellers
If you live in a popular city, hosting travellers from all around the world is completely possible. Not only does hosting bring different cultures to your door, but it also encourage you to get out into your neighbourhood and explore places you haven’t seen before. And to top it all off, you’ll broaden your network of friends around the world, so when you decide to travel you will have loads of friends to visit and stay with.
Alternatively if you want to make a bit of money, why not rent out your room on AirBnB.
I’ve used these platforms extensively and have met some friends for life while having some great experiences.
Who you will meet? What stories will they share with you? Where will it lead?
3 – Events
If you don’t feel comfortable with hosting travellers, then the next best thing you can do is attend events in your city.
On CouchSurfing you will find lots of meetups and events which travellers passing through attend too. They are often free and offer the chance to meet interesting locals too.
Also, Meetup.com is a great platform. Whether you want to meet fellow travellers in your city, try yoga, or learn computer programming, meetup.com allows you to create events and bring people together in your city for different purposes. Most of the Meetups are free, but some may require a subscription or weekly fee.
4 – Last Minute Flights
Ok, if you live in Australia, you don’t have the freedom to hop on a cheap flight for a quick weekend trip. But if you live in Europe, there’s never been a better time to get a few friends together, embrace your spontaneous side and create new experiences.
With the emergence of Low Cost Airlines such as Ryanair, airfare can actually be a cheaper option than intra-country travel using trains and busses.
Skyscanner is great to find the cheapest prices, and just to give you a representation, you can fly from London Stansted to Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Dublin, Oslo, Stockholm & Edinburgh for less than £20.
It doesn’t have to cost you a lot either. With the use of CouchSurfing, you can also cut costs on accommodation, so all that you will need to spend money on is food.
The fact of the matter is that you could have a new experience for the same money you would spend anyways in your home city.
5 – Move Country
Does your occupation require that you need to live in your city? Are you feeling really gutsy and ready to explore?
Why not put all the stuff you own in a backpack, become a digital nomad and move to another city. It’s a huge trend at the moment and there’s a growing population of people who run their businesses from their laptops. Not only do you get chance to explore a new city, but you’ll also meet many like minded people.
If cost of living is a fear holding you back from living, check out this super useful Digital Nomad resource list of all the cities around the world and their relative costs of living plus other useful information.
6 – Work in the Travel Industry
Finally, if you can’t travel, what about immersing yourself in the travel industry? In your local city you could come across opportunities to become a city tour guide, a travel agent, an airhostess, work on a cruise ship, or work for a company that gives the opportunity to travel.
Alternatively, there’s also opportunities to work in different countries. For example, English teaching with the renowned TEFL qualification in China & Thailand. Or what about a Working Holiday Visa in Australia, Canada or New Zealand? All of these options give you the opportunity to move to a new location and feel like you’re travelling. By starting a new job, building some roots, and earning some money, it can feel like you are travelling without moving.
People have this misconception of travel, that you need to be in a different country to travel, but you don’t.
You don’t have to be moving to get the benefits of travel.
You don’t need to travel and you can create great experiences where you are right now.
You just need to be spontaneous and get creative with your time.
If you don’t want to plunge into travel there’s loads of opportunities on your front doorstep.
The question is: What memorable experiences are you going to create?
Thanks for reading!
All the best,
Dan Beaumont, 1st March 2017
About the Author
Hello everyone, I’m Dan – a 28-year-old social entrepreneur and writer from the north of England, living in Bucharest, Romania. I’m currently writing my first book about my 4-year journey around the world seeking wisdom and life-lessons from everyday people I met hitchhiking and Couchsurfing.
I discovered that travel, if approached with the right mindset, can be life-changing, and a trip combining travel, purpose and introspection is a great way to learn, challenge oneself and change for the better. Now my mission in life is to share what I’ve learned to inspire others to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and use travel, entrepreneurship and technology as a means to make the world a better place.
I’m also the founder of Podstel – a vision to help humanity belong and grow by creating a worldwide network of ‘homes’ that bring locals and travellers together to share their stories, passions and skills. The first two Podstels are open and thriving in Bucharest, so if you’re passing through, be sure to come and say hi, or stay the night with us.
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