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.
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?