What Can You Do When You Can’t Travel Overseas?

The current situation all over the world is not pleasing due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are certain times in our lives that everything is beyond our control.

At a time like this, you are more than eager to travel, but for some reason such as inadequate cash to spend comfortably, health, old age, or an insufficient vacation period, you couldn’t make the travel.

Nevertheless, travel remains one of the best ways to spend our time and money, but when we lack any of the obligations, we can’t help it. Whenever one feels like leaving the town, one couldn’t think of something else.

The question is – what step do you take in a situation where you have the desire to travel?

How do we take care of these moments in our lives when the desire to travel knocks, but there’s no way to scratch it?
What do you do when you simply couldn’t go anywhere from your home?

Below are ten ways to make use of your inbuilt local explorer and fulfil your travel desire without spending a dime:

1. Read Travel Books

Visiting the world through a book is the easiest thing you can do. Go through people’s adventures and keep the inspiration as you dream about the places you will travel to in the future. Gather new ideas, find out about other cultures, feed your wander-desire, and develop your list of places to visit.

Below are some of the travel books you can start reading:

  • Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country
  • Paulo Coelho’ The Alchemist
  • Pico Iyer’s Video Night in Kathmandu
  • Shirley Geok-Lin Lim’s Among the White Moon Faces
  • Cheryl Strayed’s Wild
  • Alex Garland’s The Beach
  • Maya Angelou’s All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes
  • Mark Adams’s Turn Right at Machu Picchu

2. Take Day Trips

Day trips can be overwhelming on the few days we have to rest during each week. We just found ourselves napping on the couch and watching Netflix, which is even what one can see as the best. However, like every other thing, do it in moderation.

I love the fact that when I write blogs, I encourage and inspire myself along with others. I need to listen to this too. Or another weekend will come, and I’d spend it watching food documentaries instead of just going out and explore the places that have those things I so much missed.

Set some goals only so you can encourage yourself to perform more day trips. Visiting Federation Square located in NGV Australia, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Cricket Ground and the National Sports Museum, as well as Southbank and Arts Centre Melbourne.

3. Start Travel Hacking

As you are holding on for your next trip, get a new travel credit card so that you can gather points and miles for free flights as well as hotel stays. I usually travel this way, so I don’t have to spend a fortune. When you make a trip, your most significant expenses will go to flights and accommodation, so any opportunity to reduce the cost will make you travel a lot more.

4. Check and follow your Neighborhood Board of Organization or Tourism on Socials

Search for people who keep tourists and locals informed about the happenings around the city. You don’t want to assume the tourism board only provides tourist-related services. They know exactly the things that make the city so special and attractive to visit.

Then decide on the weekend you want to fill with adventures and fun activities, look up the city on the Instagram, website, or Facebook page. That is where you will find what you can do for the season (such as the places to visit such as spring blooms or where you can cool off this summer).

5. Meet Travelers Closer to you

It is essential to have a support network. It would help if you had those who think you are weird when you inform them of your plan to hike over the Amazon.

It would be best if you had those who will like to join in. That is why the Nomadic Network was established. It is an online and physical meet-up group for those traveling all around the globe.

Register, chat on forum with people virtually, and, after this, you will meet up in person. You can also meet people in real life through other great websites like:

  • Meetup.com: This is a group available just for everything. I often use this site.
  • Couchsurfing: This is more than a website that helps with accommodation. It has many local groups that hold events more often. It is a great way to meet other travelers and residents, whether at home or on the road.

6. Watch Travel Movies

You can also satiate your wanderlust by watching travel movies like Indiana Jones or Wild or documentaries, such as A Map for Saturday.

Below are a few of other ones:

And if you prefer TV or Netflix suggestions, you can check any of the following to binge-watch:

  • Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown
  • An Idiot Abroad
  • Departures
  • The Long Way Round
  • The Amazing Race
  • Dark Tourist
  • Someone Feed Phil
  • Ugly Delicious

7. Travel & Explore Locally

In this current COVID-19 situation, stay at home and go out when only necessary. However, as official lockdown and advisories to loosen down the road, we need to support local business and tourist destinations.
Generally, local travel is on the rise, both as a means of responsible travel and the collective realization that one should explore his/her surroundings.

You can visit closest getaways, portable Airbnb stays, accessible national parks, or new camping spots. Look up parks or trail ideas on Google Maps or your local tourism board.

8. Look for a Language Partner to Learn a Language

You can get language training for ESL from your local library, and these lessons may be exchangeable with your ESL partner. Or you can check your local university to see if they need language partners.

9. Prepare Homemade Exotic Dishes & Cocktails

Have you ever found yourself salivating on a particular food, whether in a magazine or on TV? Whether the richness in the sticky rice of Thai mango or the Peruvian Pisco Sour you had a long time ago? Or other food that only gets you to salivate upon the memory can enter the kitchen and start making those great dishes.

I took cooking classes on our previous adventures. I strongly recommend you do the same on your upcoming trip, even if you had never done this before.

Fortunately, you can simply make a lot of favorite foreign meal. The reason behind this is because poor countries are likely to have cheap recipes that don’t take much time to prepare.

You can start with Vegemite on Toast, Barramundi, Pavlova, and much more. And yes, you can quickly make cocktails as well.

10. Plan Your Upcoming Trip Anyway
Planning a holiday amid a pandemic may seem out of sense, but since you don’t make bookings, you can make a great and fascinating bucket list without breaking the bank.

And also, planning travel is one of the most enjoyable parts of travel. Do you desire inspiration, go through our hotlist of affordable destinations. If you feel like the idea of planning your holiday is overwhelming, don’t be discouraged. You can easily plan your holiday, book your flights, make an itinerary, and choose a destination by following our step-by-step guide on this page.


That you can’t travel currently doesn’t mean you cannot plan for a future trip. So figure out something great so that you can enjoy the planning and enable you to have enough time to save up or take a break or anything else that keeps you from traveling now so that you can plan.

What other ways do you prefer to satiate your travel desire when you are stuck at home as an old adult? Let’s hear your view!