Here at Travelversed, we all love to travel — and if you’re here reading this article, it means the itch is becoming unbearable. You need to travel now! I’m like that all the time, but unfortunately it’s not always possible to just leave everything behind and hit the road.
What to do then?
Gladly, traveling is as much about exploring new cultures as it is a state of mind. The fact that you don’t leave your town, doesn’t mean you can’t travel — you can!
And you will! Let me just give you a few ideas:
1. Host People Using Couchsurfing
If you don’t go to them, let them come to you. When you travel, you experience new foods, new scenery and new activities, but most of all, you meet new people. Well, you don’t have to leave your home to do just that!
Create a killer profile, set it so you have an available couch and make sure you vet the couchsurfers thoroughly before accepting them into your lair. In no time you’ll be making new friends and the best kind of them: traveler friends.
Usually the people who come to stay with you tend to be extra friendly, because they understand you’re putting yourself out there and trusting them with your house. So more often than not, you’ll receive exotic gifts or someone will try their best to cook a traditional dish just for you. Imagine eating a real burrito cooked by someone from Mexico!
“Wait, you’re telling me to read?” I am, sorry! Or am I? Have you heard about Armchair Travel? It’s when you feel transported to a new place, but you’re still in your living room, possibly wearing pajamas.
The amount of travel writing out there is mind boggling. Just go to a bookstore or dig deep in the Amazon Kindle selection and a myriad of options will surface. Once, you start reading these books, you’ll put yourself in the author’s shoes and cry and laugh with them.
What are you waiting for?
3. Adopt the Traveler’s Mindset
What if you were a tourist in your own city? What would you do?
I had this friend who went to Rio de Janeiro — my hometown — a while back and posted several beautiful pics of her trip. When I was glancing at them I said to myself more than once, “Wait, where is this place?”
The truth is, unless you live in a very small town, you’ll never know everything about it. So I suggest you do some research and you might find yourself becoming curious about this Cat Cafe you’ve never heard of before.
Every city has something to offer, be it museums, neighborhoods, parks, cafes, etc. You just need to find them!