What is it about travel that we crave?
I am often told by folks that they live vicariously through me. I’m always a little taken aback by that, I know what they really mean is “I don’t get out of town much, you must be in different countries all the time!” I don’t travel all the time, just sometimes and I post pictures about it. That’s social media though isn’t it. Living vicariously through someone just means you imagine that their life is somehow better than yours because of what you see, hear, imagine it must be like to live that way. No harm in dreaming… as long as you DO as well.
In my High school/College days I never had a real urge to travel. My sister did, she would go on all kinds of trips with our schools, saving her money for months in order to have a great experience. I have always admired her for that. I went on a few mission and choir trips, sometimes to other countries, and really enjoyed it, I just never had the feeling of needing to travel. Little did I know I’d end up living in a different country and travelling for a job! Life, eh?
I recently read an article by Jonah Lehrer in the Guardian called Why We Travel.
It is longish but an absolutely fascinating read about how travelling is being proven to make people smarter! That got me thinking; How can we get that travelling thrill, that unknown destination excitement, that escape factor without physically going anywhere or spending any money, because let’s face it, we can’t always be forking over wads of money for flights to exotic locations whenever we feel like it. Occasionally, yes, but what about the in-between when we really, REALLY need that get-away?
I found a great couple of blogs that give suggestions for what to do:
- How to Travel without Travelling
- 7 Ways to Travel without Going Anywhere
- How to Go on a Vacation without Actually Going Anywhere
Here are my own suggestions for scratching that travelling itch without even leaving town: