Our sister site Blisstree has a great post about the way that movies romanticize falling in love with someone while on vacation – preferably, while on vacation in a glamorous foreign locale. While it’s great to get away for awhile, the truth is that we have to spend the other fifty weeks of the year at home. Rather than being depressed about the fact that your desk hasn’t magically relocated itself to Hawaii, try to figure out how you can incorporate all the stuff you love about your vacation into your everyday life.
- Try new stuff. When on vacation, you go to museums, sit in airy cafes, and check out live music. If you’re feeling like you’re in a rut, grab the closest newspaper you can find and scour the listings. Checking out art stimulates your brain – and it’s possible you might make a new friend or check out a part of town you’ve never explored before. If you have a friend visiting from out of town, that’s even better – enjoy their trip right along with them.
- Enjoy the little things. When you’re on a trip, everything seems cool and magical. The food tastes better! The sun sets more beautifully! Imagine what it would be like to take a trip to your own hometown, and approach everything with new eyes. Really savor every bite of your dessert as much as you savored that baklava in Greece.
- Learn a new skill. I love trying to learn new languages. When I’m looking at a page of text in an unfamiliar language and suddenly realize I can read and understand it, I feel like I just swam the English Channel. You get a rush from doing something new, whether that’s learning to tango or make your own sushi. And it probably costs less than airfare.
- Do something alone. The first time I traveled alone, I was terrified – not because I thought something bad was going to happen to me, but because I was afraid I’d get lonely. But being on my own forced me to strike up conversations with interesting strangers. My friend Uri and I met when we were both traveling by ourselves in South America – we hung out at a hostel in Montevideo and now try to take a trip together once a year, even though we live on different continents. Plus, if I ever visit Australia I now have a friend I can crash with for free. And on that note…
- Spend time with people who challenge you. There’s nothing wrong with having friends who just come over, drink beer, and watch TV with you. (That’s one of my favorite ways to pass the time, incidentally.) But having a friend who’s always up for trying a new restaurant or planning an inexpensive day trip will inspire you to have some adventures of your own.