Do you ever look at someone’s Instagram page and immediately feel envious of their travels? I’m guilty of it. But I can see why they would share. Majority of people get so much more satisfaction sharing travel photos than everyday life. I’m also guilty of it, I even started a travel Instagram account. Going somewhere different just feeds your soul. I’m not trying to be hippy with you all, but just think about the last time you traveled (doesn’t have to be far). How did you feel? Some things change right? A different perspective, a different appreciation, and the list goes on and on.
As much as travel is high on my list of things to do every year (more like every month if I’m being honest with you all haha), there is a financial burden to it. Doesn’t matter if you are doing things in a budget savvy kind of way. You are still spending money.
What if I told you that you don’t need to leave your city (or town)? I bet finding wanderlust in your own city (or town) is so much easier than you think! I think we are so stuck with our day to day that sometimes we lose that ‘exploring motivation’ mindset that we get when we travel. However, there is so much beauty in where we currently live.
Finding Wanderlust In Your Own City
When I have the desire to travel but can’t at the moment, these are the things I do to feed my travel satisfaction. I hope these tips help you out too!
Be Free or Take Time Off
Before doing anything, make sure you make the time. Either take a personal day or block off your weekends just for you (or for you and your significant other). If you have plans to do things later that day, it defeats the purpose of emulating a travel vacation. In order to have the travel mindset, you have to plan like you are traveling.
Explore A Different Area
My favorite thing to do in Chicago when I want to travel is explore a different neighborhood. Chicago has several neighborhoods and each one is so different. They each have their own personality, and I do feel like I’m transferred somewhere else. If you don’t live in a city, maybe visit a neighboring town. Check out what it’s like, shop their local boutiques, and get immersed in their community. My favorite is checking out the neighborhood’s popular restaurants. If you do that when you travel, why can’t you do that locally as well?
Be A Tourist
Check out a touristy spot. Doesn’t matter where you live, I bet there is always a spot that is known to be ‘touristy’. Go to it. Do what travelers do. I know for me, I forget to check out touristy places until I have people who come to visit. And when I go to these sites, oh my I get so excited and have a feeling of gratitude. I’m so grateful that I get to live in a place that has something like this. I forget we have all these beautiful things. I bet wherever you live, there are beautiful places too.
Check Out Travel Guides
Read travel guides that were created for your area. I usually ignore travel guides to Chicago until one day I decided to read one. I assumed I knew it all, but honestly, it was fun reading these travel guides. There was some stuff admittedly I didn’t know existed (and I’m born & raised in Chicago). So I decided to follow their footsteps. It was fun to see what it’s like from their perspective. Bonus points, you won’t get lost because you are familiar with the area!
I came across this idea of finding wanderlust in your own city when I was talking to some friends who live out of town. They would tell me that where they live isn’t exciting at all. But I knew before visiting, I did some research and I had a list of things I wanted to see and do. That’s when it hit me that if I can find wanderlust in where they live (that claims to have nothing to offer), then I’m sure I can find something in my own city.
This idea also came to mind because Chicago is in the dead of Winter and all I want to do is escape the cold. But after our Puerto Rico trip, trying to plan another trip is not realistic. So over the weekend, Tre and I decided to be tourists and check out our favorite spot to see the skyline! This is right by the Adler Planetarium. Even in the middle of Winter, this city is BEAUTIFUL! Fun fact, we loved the skyline view from the Adler Planetarium so much that we almost had our wedding at the Adler. But of course, we ended up finding another venue that we absolutely fell in love with. This is how the same exact spot looks in middle of the summer. That view never gets old.
Chicago In Different Seasons
And here are some other beautiful Chicago spots in different seasons. The first one is during the summertime at the Lurie Gardens and the second one is during Fall at The Bean (or Cloud Gate as some call it).
I hope this ignites your desire to explore your own hometown!
About This Outfit
I just had to point out this outfit because of my fleece pullover! Remember when I did an Amazon review on sweaters? Well this is one of them, and this pullover is so worth getting! It’s affordable, Prime shipping, and definitely cozy.