How to Get Out of Your Slump and Back Into Travel (Even if it's in Your Own Backyard)
Y'know, sometimes you just need to take a step back to see the whole picture. And that's what I've been doing lately. I've been considering what Wayfare West means to you – to all of you, my dearest readers. The thing is, I read a lot of blogs. But when you read a lot of blogs, you can't help but to throw yourself in the mix and start comparing – a big no, no!
In a moment of weakness, comparing myself to the lot, I realised I don't want to be seen as a blog that aims to inspire you to quit your job and travel the world – because let's face it, that's just not an option for everyone. Instead, I want to show you that you can have it all!
I'm lucky enough to have the opportunity, skills and (I'm going to honest here) balls to freelance and work for myself. This gives me flexibility and freedom to come and go as I please. But most people I know don't have that opportunity or (understandably) couldn't imagine having to rely solely on themselves for income.
Although I absolutely love working for myself, it's fucking hard! It is so much easier going to work 5 days a week and earning a salary. And if you love what you do, then congratulations on getting to where you are today. Give yourself a big pat on the back.
But if your RSS feed is full of bloggers telling you the dream of travelling full-time is easy to achieve – then you could be feeling pretty shitty about your 9 - 5, and that's not on.
I'm a firm believer that we've all got the key to our own happiness, to our own success, to our dream life. It's up to us to create a life we love to live. And if that's working 60 hours a week producing a radio segment, then I salute you!
You may work full-time, but you know those two little days between the work week – y'know, the weekend? Well, you've got 52 of them every single year! 52! On top of that, you've got public holidays, annual leave, and if you're game enough, you've got unpaid leave.
So between your day job, the one you really enjoy or know will lead you to your dream job, you've got time to explore.
How to explore when you've only got weekends?
Explore your own backyard. That is the city, town, state or country that you live in. You'll be happy to know that your backyard is just as interesting as half way around the world. And for some reason, we're all less inclined to be a tourist in our own backyards.
These days, budget airlines offer pretty great deals – especially domestically. So sign up to their newsletters and jump on the cheap flights.
You can also use Skyscanner to search 'everywhere' and click on your country to find cheap domestic flights. Imagine where Skyscanner could take you! I bet there are tonnes of towns you could fly to, that you've never heard of before. Now that's exciting!
Get inspired to explore your backyard
Are you feeling a little more excited now? Not sitting at your desk cursing your boss' name for preventing you from seeing the world? Freaking amazing! Then my job, is done.
But here's some more inspiration to get out of your slump and get back into travel around the crazy-cool town you call home:
+ Get into nature! Research hiking trails, waterfalls, mountains, forests, and berry farms in and around your town. Sometimes all you need is to escape the city for a day or two to reboot and find the energy you need to appreciate the simple things again.
+ Jump on a train to anywhere. When I was a teenager, my friends and I would spend boring weekends just catching a train to anywhere. Follow your heart, get off wherever and explore. One time my friends and I ended up renting a boat (not sure how, we were only 17...). We didn't manage to get it out of the bay because we were so bad at driving it – but it was a bloody fun day.
+ Research small country towns that are known for being a creative hub or full of history. You'll be surprised how many there are in driving distance. And if you stay over the weekend, there'll no doubt be a farmers market to nab a week of fresh fruit and veg on the cheap.
+ Get excited for the change of season:
If you're in the north, start getting cosy. Plan movie nights with hot chocolate and marshmallows by the fire. Go grab all the books you've been meaning to read over the summer but didn't get to because, hello, summer. Collate a list of recipes you want to learn to cook. Book in some weekends with loved ones where you eat, drink wine and play board games till the wee-hours of the morning.
If you're in the south (heya!) hell yeah, summer is on its way! Get back into an exercise routine – not for that bikini bod we all know we'll never achieve, but to gain some energy and give your mental health a kick of feel-good endorphins. Splurge on a new swimsuit you actually feel amazing in. Rejig your wardrobe to be more warm weather friendly. Dust off your camping gear. Start planning your summer escapes – oh hey beach weekenders.