It’s Monday, and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably feeling a bit sluggish and unmotivated. The week looks like it’s going to stretch out forever, and you’re struggling to recall when the last time was that you really had some time off (we’re talking more than a weekend here). Unless you’re one of those lucky people who make a living off of travel and get to do it full-time, it can be a struggle to keep yourself motivated between trips abroad.
And it’s even more difficult when you can only take off a couple times a year, and there are long swaths of daily grind in between all the really fun stuff. If so, you’re not alone. Despite what Instagram seems to indicate, most of us are going through exactly the same thing, so here’s a few tips to help you stay motivated between taking those wonderful trips!
1. Plan a little each day
Don’t waste hours online looking at photos of your dream location and wishing you were there, instead put in 10 to 15 minutes a day of planning for your real trip! This can include anything from reading articles and books about the country you’re hoping to visit, to the more concrete stuff like booking Airbnbs and reserving tickets for sites you hope to see. This will prevent you from leaving things until the last minute, missing out on bookings, or doing things haphazard, AND has the bonus of making you feel like you’re productively working towards your trip a little every day.
2. Get out of town
Micro-trips are a great way to keep you motivated between those big, exciting journeys! It’s easy to take a day trip out of town, and these also serve as short bursts of stimulation so that you feel refreshed and energized for the day-to-day. The amazing thing about micro-trips is that they also give you a chance to explore what you would usually overlook: all those nooks and crannies of your home country, (like these 5 great hikes near London). I guarantee you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised by what lies on your doorstep, and it’ll feel like you went on a mini-vacation too!
3. Hang out with travelers
If you’re like me and completely obsessed with travel, hanging out with other travelers in between trips is a great way to stay inspired and motivated. For me, my friends are divided into two categories: the homebodies, and the (invariably smaller) group of avid travelers. These are the ones that save every penny from their jobs so they can take amazing trips during their time off. What I love about spending time with people who have the same passion is that I learn so much about other people’s philosophy and approach to travel, and also pick up some great tips for countries I’ve never been to. It helps with the planning process and keeps me excited about traveling even when I’m not traveling. Alternatively, there’s a lot of great travelers you can connect with on social media who are more than willing to share their experiences with you too!
4. Learn a new language
I admit, one of my favorite parts of travelling anywhere is that I get to try my hand at a brand new language. Taking lessons in whatever is your target language can be a great motivator that keeps you looking forward to your trip. Sign up for lessons once a week or join a language exchange group (most of which are free), and you may find yourself surprised by the results. Not only are you learning a new skill, but you’ll get the feeling that you’re investing in something practical towards your actual holiday. And, knowing some of the local language will help you to seem more like a knowledgeable traveler instead of a confused tourist, so there’s always that!
What are some of the ways you stay motivated in between travel? Share your tips below in the comments section!