We don’t really have a big vacation coming up for the next few months, besides some fun outings with friends and weekends spent with different family members! But come summer, Bjorn and I are really excited to be traveling to Europe! It’s the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun…so, being married to a history teacher, I won’t be missing out on that one! I visited Europe back in high school but I’m looking forward to exploring different parts of it and really soaking in the information with my fellow lifelong learner and a couple other friends and family members. 🙂
If you’ve followed along here at Just Bee for a while, then you know that my husband and I really enjoy visiting historical sites. We got a bit spoiled when we lived in Virginia for the first few months of our marriage…so much so, that we find ourselves craving more travel in the future! We did get to road trip through Tennessee last summer, which was both educational and exciting.
But what do you do if you find yourself bitten by the travel bug without a trip in the near future? Here are my tips for dealing with that. 🙂
6 Things You Can Do Now To Satisfy The Travel Bug
(even if a trip isn’t in your near future):
1 // Research fun destinations! Take the time to look up certain types of vacations or historical sites. Perhaps you and your husband love historic churches…or battlefields…or bustling markets in hidden corners of the world! Just make sure not to let yourself get down while you scroll through travel sites or read bookmarked travel guides – this step is meant just to satisfy that desire to learn about and discover these places!
2 // Create albums of enjoyable past trips. This is one of my favorite aspects of travel – sifting through and editing the photos afterward! It is such a fun way to relive those emotions and sights and sounds! I love using the site Mpix to create beautiful photo books of our past excursions or events.
3 // Watch documentaries! We’ve really gotten into these recently. There are so many out there – documentaries about popular or well-known destinations, and even documentaries about sites that are off the beaten path! You can always learn something new – even if you don’t necessarily plan on visiting that exact site someday.
4 // Check out new restaurants! When I returned from studying abroad in Cambodia, I really missed the food! So Bjorn and I found an authentic Cambodian restaurant near our college, which was a blast because it allowed me to share some of the experiences (and tastes!) from my trip! So if you’re finding yourself wishing for a unique, educational experience, why not head to an authentic restaurant for a particular cuisine? So much of a culture can be shared through food!
5 // Read travel blogs! This is a really neat way to experience a vacation practically firsthand! Find bloggers who visit fun destinations…and who document their journey well! A couple of my favorites are travel posts on Simplicity Relished and Gentri Lee.
6 // Begin to realistically budget and plan! This one may not sound all that dreamy or romantic…but, it’s how you get there! A trip can’t become a reality (usually) unless some planning is involved, and the larger vacations do require money set aside intentionally. I used to almost roll my eyes at this kind of planning when I was in high school…but my practical-but-big-dreamer husband has really shown me how planning realistically can actually be exhilarating in itself!
So, friend…may you find yourself excitedly learning about our world and intentionally looking ahead to ways you can explore it in the future!
What do you do when you’re bitten by the travel bug??