Travelling may be your full time job, but at some point there’s going to be a lull. A point where you’re at home, staring out the window, and wondering if all your adventures were just a dream. To beat the I’ve-just-returned-home-from-a-life-changing-journey-blues, stay connected to the travel community until your next adventure.
Here are 6 ways to do just that:
1. Join a Meetup Group
Meetup Groups join local community members around a common interest, and you’ll find travel groups of all different niches. One may meet at a restaurant to discuss a specific country, while another meets at a bookstore to share travel stories. It’s a great way to keep your memories alive, and you may find inspiration for your next trip!
2. Teach a Class
Share your tales from the road and tips for navigating the planet with eager novices who need some sound advice. Hostelling International USA (HI USA) has 55 hostels across the US, many of which hold regular travel classes taught by volunteers. Choose a topic you’re passionate about and inspire others to take a life-changing journey.
3. Play Host
When you can’t venture to an international community, bring the international community to you! Organizations like Meal Share bring together a diverse mix of locals and visitors who enjoy meeting new people over a meal. As the host, you choose and cook the meal for an eclectic group of new friends around your table. You just might forget you’re at home!
4. Lead a Tour
Guests from more than 100 countries stay at HI USA hostels each year, and they flock to hostel-organized city tours to meet other travelers and experience the place they’re visiting through the eyes of a local. Led by volunteers, a tour might be a pub crawl, a visit to a museum, or a walking tour of hidden gems of the city. As the tour leader, you’ll be surrounded by a community travelers – and feel like you’re one of them.
5. Be a Tourist at Home
Wherever you live, someone else is there on vacation. Just pretend you are too! Plan a weekend itinerary as if you were visiting for a couple of days. Skip the errands and emails, and treat your staycation as if you were a million miles from home.
6. Plan Your Next Adventure
Having another trip to look forward to is the best way to keep your traveling spirit alive. Even if a RTW isn’t in your budget for a long time, there are plenty of excursions you can take close to home. And when you stay in a HI USA hostel, you’ll immediately be welcomed as part of an international community of travelers – even if you haven’t left the country.
Sponsor Bio: Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is a nonprofit, member organization founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. It’s our commitment to promote a dynamic community of global citizens who have the wisdom and humanity to actively make the world a better place. As the nation’s leading hostel brand, HI USA hosts more than 1 million overnights annually, with guests from more than 100 countries. For over 80 years, HI USA has provided a network of affordable hostels in converted mansions, reinvented lighthouses, and historic urban buildings all across the country. Visit www.hiusa.org for more information.