It’s rare that I meet somebody who doesn’t love to travel, or at least has a burning desire to do so. Occasionally though, people will find themselves with a lack of motivation to travel or maybe even feeling a bit burnt out.
As somebody who used to travel frequently for business, I’ve been there. In fact, when my work became steady and I stopped traveling for business, I didn’t go anywhere for three years. I didn’t even use my vacation time from work. Talk about a waste.
Here’s a few ways you can get back into the travel mood and catch the burning desire to venture out into the world:
Watch a good movie
Spend the night in and rent a good foreign film that will make you yearn to learn a language and experience life in another place.
Sidenote: I’ve watched Amelie about 50 times in order to practice my French.
Read a book
Much like a good film, a great book can transplant you to another place and immerse you in a culture you might otherwise have no familiarity with. Most people can’t get through a book in an evening, but spending a few days or weeks (months in my case) is a great way to encourage you seek fun or adventure elsewhere in the world.
Eat at a foreign restaurant
Bonus points if you’ve never tried that type of food before.
And guess what: chances are the food where you are going is probably considerably better than the local restaurant, regardless of it’s authenticity. For example, there is a great Moroccan restaurant in town but their best meal doesn’t compare to the worst meal I had in Morocco.
Break up with your significant other
OK, I’d never encourage anybody to DO this so you can go travel, but if this unfortunate event occurs, why not get over someone by taking an impromptu trip to Europe or somewhere where you can get your mind off of that heartbreak (or in some cases, relief)?
It’s surprising how many people I’ve talked to who’s travel bug caught them after they ran off for a month following a breakup. Seems about as good of an excuse as any to me!
Work too much overtime
Here’s an easy one. Work too much and I can almost guarantee you’ll quickly have a dying urge to hop aboard a plane and run away for a few weeks.
I’m going on 45-straight days of work (the joys of having a day-job AND running your own business) so you can bet I’m ready for my next trip. July can’t come fast enough!
How do you get motivated to travel? Does it come naturally or do you need some outside encouragement?
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