You did it! You went on an amazing study abroad trip to South Africa. Or maybe you took a 2 week vacation in Spain. Now, you're back home reliving your experience through Instagram photos and conversations with your fellow travelers. It seems that your family and friends don't understand and you are itching to see some place new and interesting. However, you have to be responsible. Either you haven't racked up enough vacation days or you don't have the funds at the moment. You can't travel right now and it's driving you loca! Wanderlust is incurable. You will always be tempted to spend your rent money on a plan ticket to India, but you don't want to end up broke. Luckily, there are ways to cope.
Join a travel club
Did you spend a summer in Rio? Have an unforgettable vacay in China? You can connect with a travel club to cope with your wanderlust. Can't locate one? Meetup.com is the perfect place to start your own. Nine times out of ten there are others in your city who share your passion for travel.
Embrace where you are
It has been said that we need to learn to be content with our present in order to be truly happy. It makes no sense to spend time wishing you could cuddle with your study abroad fling. Embrace your family, friends and current situation and use your experience to inspire their travel bug. Get them excited and on board to accompany you on your next escapade.
One the best ways to get over your wanderlust is to plan another trip. Open a savings account, skip out on that latte, eating out or purchasing that new phone you don't really need. Use that money for your next trip. In order for this to work, you have to be committed. With time and discipline, you can save enough money to travel some place new.
Visit a New City
When you think of wanderlust, you think of traveling to distant lands like your favorite instagram traveler does. However, the greatest adventures can take place in your own backyard. Get some friends together and take a road trip to the city closest to you. Make it a weekend trip. You'll make everlasting memories with your loved ones.
Wanderlust can be a pain, but it doesn't have to be. By all means, acknowledge how life changing your past adventure was but focus on the future adventures.Your trip will continue to color your world and influence your perspective, but don't be open to the magical moments that are right in front of you.
How do you cope with wanderlust when you're stuck at home?
Jelisa Jay Robinson is a twenty-something writer, theater practitioner and professional Spain aficionada from Houston, Texas. You can find her teaching Spanish, dancing up a storm and making her dreams a reality. You can follow her adventures navigating Afro-Latinidad at her blog Black Girl, Latin World and see some of her writing on the Lati-Negr@s Project website.