Guest blog post written by Veerle Beelen – certified Travel & Life Abroad Coach who guides people in their process of moving abroad and settling into a new country through her company Unpackbyveer.
Feeling bored from spending too much time at home? Are you daydreaming of tropical islands or snowy mountains and impatiently waiting for your next trip? Does your daily life not feel fulfilling because you are missing traveling? Are you thinking about where to go next instead of enjoying where you are right now?
Let me tell you a secret. You can start traveling today!
I’m sharing 5 steps on how you can activate your travel mindset so that you can start traveling at home without going anywhere (yet!).
Let’s get started!
- Ask yourself what parts of travel you are missing right now
Travel makes you feel a certain way. Right now, you are missing the feeling that travel gives you. Travel experiences are different for everyone and depend on wherever you go. However, there are a few basic aspects that I think most of us have in common when we consider our reasons to travel. For example, searching for a sense of freedom, relaxation, discovery, adventure, or connection. Therefore, the first step starts with asking yourself: what do you miss the most of travel while being at home?
- Find ways to include the parts of travel that you are missing in your daily life
The next step is to figure out how you can create that travel spark that you miss into your daily life. For example, are you in need of relaxation? Plan a moment of me-time into your day every day!
Do you want to explore new places? Walk through your neighborhood and find a different route with streets where you usually don’t walk. Look at your daily surroundings in a new perspective.
Are you missing the social aspect of traveling and want to connect with new people and hear their travel stories? Find ways to create new connections in your own city. For example, sign up for a meet-up event or organize something yourself!
- Travel without leaving your home
You don’t have to go far to activate your travel mindset. Basically, you can just stay at home. I know this may sound a bit crazy to you, but if you try one of these things, I’m sure you will feel more connected to travel again without leaving your home. That’s a great place to start until you can really travel again.
Travel online by attending virtual tours of specific places or visit travel blogs (it seems that you are already at the right place!). Of course, you can also get inspired by watching travel movies or documentaries, which take you on a journey as well. If you are more of an offscreen person like me, then dive into some inspiring travel books! Or put on a playlist of one of your previous road trips and travel back into that moment.
I know, it’s not the same as actually really going somewhere, but it is a quick fix when you are spending time at home! The best thing you can do for yourself right now is to try to make the most of the present moment.
- Focus on your inner journey
After you know what you have been missing and are feeling inspired to travel through virtual tours, movies or books, it’s now time to travel within. This is a whole different journey!
I always like to share this practical example when people ask me about this topic and why it’s so important:
Imagine that you are on the most beautiful tropical island in the world, but you are feeling homesick. At this moment you can’t really enjoy the sandy beach and crystal-clear blue sea, because the only thing you can think about is home. It also works the other way around: if you are at home and the only thing you are thinking about is that beautiful tropical island, you are not enjoying the present moment and not appreciating what your current surroundings have to offer.
So, by focusing on your inner self and connecting with yourself on a deeper level you can find ways to enjoy each moment, even when you wish you’d be somewhere else.
How to do this? There are many ways and you have to find what works best for you! What I enjoy is meditation, journaling, or doing something creative like drawing. Give it a try and see what you enjoy doing the most.
- Start your next Travel Plan
Now, it’s time to take action. Are you ready to plan your next trip?
Before thinking about which destination you want to travel to, ask yourself why you want to travel in the first place. By going through the previous steps, you probably have a better understanding of what you are looking for and what the purpose of your next trip will be.
If you’re not sure where to start, have a look at the following topics and see if any of these resonate with you and what you would like to get out of your next trip: self-discovery, relaxation, pampering, adventure, fitness, wellness, quality time with your partner/friends/family, recharging, de-stressing, connection, learning something new, etc.
Finally, if you’re looking for more personalized support, I’m here for you! As a Travel Coach, I guide you on how to have transformative travel experiences that align with your goals and purpose. From travel planning without feeling overwhelmed to creating a travel plan that energizes, empowers, and inspires you. You can book a free Travel Discovery Call via my website.
Veerle Beelen is a Dutch, English, and Spanish-speaking certified Travel & Life Abroad Coach who guides people in their process of moving abroad and settling into a new country through her company Unpackbyveer.
She helps her clients fully thrive in all areas of their life while they live abroad. Veerle empowers travelers to have transformative travel experiences, to focus on their “Travel Mindset,” and to use travel as a tool for personal growth and well-being.
Veerle has been featured in online magazines such as Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, and LifeLoversMag, and is an executive contributor for Brainz Magazine. She was a guest speaker on the Solo Female Traveler Podcast and in the Travel Coach Network.
Veerle has lived in four different countries, has traveled to many more, and is currently based in the Netherlands. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, or visit her website.
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