This article, entitled "Ways to feed your travel bug," comes from Kristi Larson, MomsEveryday Host in Fargo, ND.
I'm admitting it, I have the travel bug. Ever since my husband and I went on a trip to Ireland and Scotland with his family I feel the need to explore more. It's been bugging me that money doesn't grow on trees and we don't have unlimited vacation, so here's ways I'm trying to feed that bug! (and no I'm not an expert, but I hope this helps you too)
- Travel to destinations you don't need time off for. We live in Minnesota and there are plenty of beautiful spots to visit, yes even in December! In just a few short weeks we'll be renting a log cabin in Duluth, MN. This area has so many things to do, it will be hard to fit it into one weekend, but at least it will be a change of scenery both inside and out. The best part is we don't have to take any work off, we are sharing the cabin to save money and finally it's a destination we can drive to.
- Create a photo book or scrapbook of your last vacation. There was something about being overseas that just filled my heart with joy, and being able to revisit all those sites we saw through photos helps bring that feeling and those memories back. Yes, I know it's important to put the phone/camera down and enjoy the moments, but it's nice being able to see all those pubs, castles and landscapes we miss so much!
- Gain new experiences in your own city. Sometimes we forget about all those events and stores in our own area. Over the next few months my husband and I are committed to finding new things our area has to offer. This means looking at community calendars and asking friends to join in on the fun. So far we know we'll be visiting a new brewery that's opening, ice skating outdoors in our downtown popup rink and visiting a fun pinball club to have a game day! There's plenty of things you can find to do if you just look.
- Wait for great deals. Currently my family is trying to plan a cruise for this Spring. We've all committed to a certain two week window in April and we're currently watching the cruise website to see what deals they are offering. It helps my parents also have been with that cruise line many times, so it's a good idea to be friendly with your travel planner and remind them how dedicated you are to their company.
- Find opportunities to travel for work. Depending on your company there are some ways to travel while staying dedicated to your job. Look for conferences or workshops out of town, find new clients in different cities or visit your company in other areas. This allows you to still get a little taste of other cities while growing in your career.
Now get to planning those new and exciting adventures no matter if it takes you one or a thousand miles away!