Travel Dry Spells…Don’t You Just Hate Those?

I was having a chat with my dear mum recently and she could sense I was feeling a bit off. I was having one of those days and ended up blurting out how restless and restricted I was feeling about not being able to travel for various reasons. 

After the disappointment of having to cancel a trip I’d been looking forward to followed by months with no holidays in the pipeline, I was feeling tetchy. 

She misunderstood and thought I was referring to wanting to travel long-term again and ‘running away’, but this was far from what I meant. While being happy living in Liverpool, I just wasn’t getting those travel fixes needed to feed my wanderlust.

I was hitting a brick wall justifying my frustrations at not being able to do what I love the most. So rather than hammering on trying to explain, I decided to turn things around and talk about my mum’s favourite hobby in the world instead – gardening.

How would you feel if you couldn’t do your gardening?, I asked her. 

This seemed to resonate with her straight away. She loves her gardening and it makes her happy. I’ve seen her so many times literally beaming as she wanders around her garden admiring those herbaceous borders and whatnot. Even when I FaceTime her every evening, she’s showing off her prize Amaryllis (which is amazing by the way and incidentally grew so big that it literally toppled over in the pot!). Gardening is far more to her than just a hobby. It’s part of who she is. 

It could definitely be said that gardening is to her what travel is to me. 

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I thought further about how travel could be compared to gardening. Bringing those beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables to life year after year required constant daily effort. They didn’t just miraculously appear overnight. It was a slow gradual process.

I realised that this is how I need to approach travel. During those dry spells when I’m either too busy or too skint to go anywhere, I’m going to focus on the slowly but surely game and plan something that can be worked towards gradually.

There are a few ways I satiate my travel appetite somewhat at home. Exploring locally around Liverpool helps as there’s always more to see. I’ve been getting out and about with my camera as much as possible and have even started creating travel videos. Trying something new and learning new skills keeps my hungry brain ticking over. 

Another way to stay inspired and motivated to save up and focus on booking that next trip is to live vicariously through others. YouTube travel channels such as Fun for Louis are very inspiring and cool to keep track of (have you ever seen his vlogs? They’re brilliant!). And, of course, I’m always reading other travel blogs (way too many to mention just a few!). 

Hopefully I’ll have an upcoming trip to announce very soon! I’ve already got a couple of ideas in mind for this spring and summer ;-) 


I’d love to hear about how you get through those frustrating travel dry spells? Do you have any more tips you’d like to share?



  1. March 7, 2015 / 15:49

    You can visit me in Spain. In person or through my blog. :)

    • March 8, 2015 / 14:06

      Aww thanks Darlene! I’ve been keeping up with your blog posts from Spain and would love to visit at some point. You’ve always got a free place to stay/tour guide if you ever want to visit Liverpool as well :-)
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  2. March 9, 2015 / 10:30

    I’ve definitely felt the pain of the travel dry spell. What usually helps me is a bit of local travel, a bit of holiday planning for potential trips (even if they don’t happen the research bit is part of the fun!) and cooking or eating out with dishes from different countries can help too. Look forward to hearing where you are off to next!
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    • March 12, 2015 / 18:45

      Thanks Lucy! Local travel helps up to a point but nothing beats really escaping somewhere completely new and exciting. We’ve got a few trips around the UK in the pipeline, which is probably a good thing as my passport is about to expire ;-)
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  3. March 15, 2015 / 11:59

    It happens to me all the time. Normally I would try searching for short and quick getaways to neighboring countries. If you check often enough, you’ll stumble upon a cheap flight one way or another.

    You could try WWOOFing if you’re hoping to save money and want to immerse in another culture. :)

    • March 16, 2015 / 12:30

      Hi Alicia, cheap deals to close countries is definitely a great tip and there are always bargains for Europe weekends etc, but obviously with spends etc it can quickly add up. I tried WWOOF twice when backpacking around Canada and had one great experience and one awful one. WWOOF-ing can be an incredibly enriching and of course cheap experience to have if you find the right farm (usually good planning, checking reviews and asking loads of questions is the key here). I Think these experiences are great for long-term travel, but for shorter getaways I just want to relax, have fun and see the sights rather than immerse myself so much. I guess this is the difference between what I want from a holiday and long-term travel.

  4. March 22, 2015 / 13:02

    Totally agree with Lucy that the local travel option always seems to save my sanity! Even just escaping for a couple of nights to somewhere close by is just so relaxing. I’ve also started stalking the low-cost airlines for cheap tickets, we’ve already books 2 trips with Ryanair this year for the same price as a train ticket for an hour in the UK – crazy cheap!
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  5. April 21, 2015 / 15:11

    I feel your pain, I’m the same Travel to me is essential, and when I have nothing booked I get antsy. The best thing for me is to research places I want to go and read other posts, that way I form a plan in my head even if it wont be for a while.
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