• Megan Kate

5 Easy Ways To Scratch The Travel Itch At Home | Travel Hacks

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

Hey, it's been a minute!

With everything going on at the moment, it's safe to say I hit a wall when it came to creativity; I've basically had zero inspiration or will to write for about 6 weeks now. I know I know, I even did a full post about how I was going to power through during lockdown and continue to post, but the block hadn't hit yet when I said that, and when it hit, it hit HARD. Anyway I won't ramble on for too long I promise, but I've tried to sit down and write countless times in the past few weeks and failed miserably, and then all of a sudden I woke up this morning absolutely BURSTING with ideas and plans of posts I want to create for you all, so I'M BACK BABY! That said: I've missed you, I'm sorry, but let's just get straight back to it shall we?

If you're like me (which I'm hoping you are because you are reading a travel blog, after all) then on top of all the stress that comes with this bloody virus, you're also really REALLY missing travel. First world problems I know, but itchy-feet is a real thing and at the moment there isn't much we can do about it... or is there?

Not to toot my own horn but after a few weeks of experimenting, I'm pretty sure I've found THE best mix of ways to help scratch that travel itch without having to even leave your house, and I'm gonna share them with you too.

1) Books/ TV/ Films About Travel or Adventure

Basically allowing books and media to do what they do best: whisk you away into another world, and in this case the world of travel. I've got a couple of fool proof recommendations from all 3 categories that I have been LOVING recently and I'm sure you will too.

Book Recommendations

  • The Lost City Of Z by David Grann

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

  • How To Travel The World on $50 A Day by Matt Kepnes (who you will probably know as Nomadic Matt)

Film Recommendations

  • Given

  • Into The Wild

  • Wild (film of the book mentioned above)

  • Midnight In Paris

  • In Bruges

  • Eat Pray Love

TV Recommendations:

  • Travel Man with Richard Ayoade

  • Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

  • An Idiot Abroad

  • Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip

2) Recreate Dishes From Your Travels

For all my foodies out there, this one's for you! I'm someone who LOVES to try the local (vegetarian) cuisine when I travel, and something that will always stand out as a favourite memory from a destination is if I have a really great meal there. We've had our fair share of incredible dishes abroad, but at the moment I'm especially loving to make Moroccan Stews/ Tagines like the one below, which is what we ate on our visit there in January (read all about it here). There are SO many ways to visit a place through your taste buds, whether it just be by setting out a tasty lil tapas spread like that time you were in Spain, or ordering from your favourite Thai restaurant (If you're based in Manchester/ Northern England like us then get yourself a MyThai delivery, you won't regret it). Either way, it's sure to help scratch that itch.

If this is something you're interested in, I would also definitely recommend following Alex Ayling's new YouTube series 'A Taste Of Travel', just because I've personally been really enjoying it. I'll link the playlist here for you.

3) Listen To Music From Your Trip

Isn't it strange (and kind of magical no?) that certain senses can plonk us right back in a memory that we thought we'd forgotten? Whether it be the smell of a perfume you used to love or the taste of your favourite childhood sweets, or in this case, that album you listened to on loop in Italy! Music is such a nostalgic, and really easy, way to reminisce about travel and get you excited for that next destination. I like to have a nice mix of songs I listened to religiously while on a trip, songs I actually discovered while exploring a new place (especially if the genre differs to what I usually listen to or the artist is actually from said place), and then some general summery songs that make me think of beaches and parties, thrown in for good measure- the perfect travel playlist. If you need some inspo, I actually have a 'Summer' Spotify playlist that instantly reminds me of being on holiday including songs from all 3 categories I''ve just mentioned, you can have a quick look here if you fancy, but I'm sure you'll all have specific songs that have the same effect on you!

4) Plan Your Next Trip

What better way to ease the wanderlust than to plan how you're going to physically ease it once safe to do so? We've been looking into rearranging cancelled trips as well as planning to finally do a few big trips that we've been putting off for a while. At the moment we don't feel particularly comfortable actually booking anything as there are still so many unknown factors about when it will be safe to travel, but we've started to read city guides and look for inspiration for when we can finally go on a new adventure; things anyone can do from the comfort of their own home!

I've been working on a post about useful tips and tricks when it comes to how to plan a long trip, so stay tuned for that coming soon!

5) Look Through Old Photos: Scrapbooking/ Finally Framing Your Favs

There's something so much more satisfying about flicking through a physical scrapbook or photo album, rather than scrolling through photos on your phone, don't you think? I'm a huge scrapbook gal, I have 5 or 6 now just filled with photos, tickets and memories from all of my travels; It's such a great way to reminisce about past holidays and channel all that wanderlust into something creative. If that's not your thing then why not take this time at home to finally get some holiday photos printed out, framed and up on the wall?

And that's all for now folks. What do you think, is it possible to truly scratch the travel itch from the comfort of your own home? Do you have any fool proof methods? Let me know! Either way, we'll all appreciate travel a whole lot more after all of this.

Speak soon, Meg x