Well I really appreciate that, but there is no need to take your hat off for me. This isn’t church. Keep that thing on, you don’t want to get a sunburn.
When you return home after your first big excursion abroad, one of two things is going to happen. You are either going to walk through your front door, breathe a sigh of relief, and be glad to be home. Or, you are going to get home and lay awake at night wondering why the hell you even came home at all. If you can’t shake your wanderlust, there are some things you can do to make travel a regular part of your life.
Repeat The Process
Remember all that hard work and saving you did to go on that first trip? Well, keep it up! Keep travel at the top of your priority list. Keep the extra bank accounts dedicated to travel, live minimally and cheaply, and keep researching the next places you want to travel to. For the last 3 years, I have had the same cycle. Work and save for 8-9 months and then travel for 2-3 months. Saving and planning for your subsequent trips should get easier with practice.
Share Your Experiences
Start a travel blog, upload your photos to Instagram and Flickr, join travel communities online. Do whatever you can to keep that travel bug and continue talking and thinking about travel. Share you experiences with like minded people and surround yourself with travel whenever you can. A lot of the paid travel bloggers started out just as normal travellers who had a passion for sharing it. It might takes years for anything to come of it, but you never know what could happen.
Work or Volunteer
There are ways to extend your stays abroad and ways to travel more often if you are willing to do unpaid work. Organizations like WWOOF and Workaway provide travellers with longer stays abroad. Do a few hours of work a day and get food and somewhere to sleep in return? Doesn’t sound like a bad idea if it means travelling more. There are also opportunities for young people to get working holiday visas so they can get paid work in foreign countries, something I talked about here. That is a way to stay for up to a year or two abroad while working to support yourself.
In the end, if you love travel enough, you will always find a way to return to it. And if you are passionate about it, it may become easier over time. Keep getting out there, even if it is only a 3 hour drive down the highway. Maintaining your adventurous spirit is important. So surround yourself with people who encourage you and chase that dream!
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