You could say I’ve been suffering with extremely itchy feet for a while now but that would be putting it lightly. I have taken a total of three weekend trips out of London since the beginning of the year, that isn’t many for someone who cannot stay still. For someone who by this point last year had flown home to the UK (three times), been to Australia for 10 days and taken a 10 day road trip around Scotland. And that is exactly one of the problems I keep comparing this year to last because well, last year was pretty awesome in travel terms. This year there are many reasons while travel has gotten off to a slow start but the lack of money from being a student is probably the biggest issue. As well as all of those essays and projects I need to be working on and handing in as a student.
Travel is coming for me, as I mentioned a few weeks ago I have not one but two trips booked for this year now. The problem is the first one isn’t until May, that feels like an eternity away…. So I’ve found myself doing lots of things I shouldn’t be doing to try and help my wanderlust because all I’ve achieved is making it worse.
If you too are currently suffering from extremely itchy feet, here is what you shouldn’t do….
Don’t check travel websites and offers daily
I’m a sucker for this, I will find myself on Skyscanner, Canopy and Stars, Airbnb etc. just looking. Checking out where I can go and where I can stay, this ranges from looking at staycations in the UK to far off destinations. I will often let myself go all the way through to the booking page, just to double check there are no hidden fees. I would be much better off if I just stayed away from travel websites and ignored the offers.
Instead only look at these sites when you have money and dates for actually booking something.
Don’t begin planning trips which you don’t have the money to book
This always starts with the above point, I’ll casually look at where I can fly to from London for under £100. Then before I know it I’ve found where I want to stay, matched my dates up and read a handful of blogs on the destination. I should also mention that I always end up doing this instead of the university work I should be doing. And that I continue to do it even when I actually have TWO trips already booked.
I should instead plan and research the trips I actually have booked and not torture myself so much.
Don’t look through photos from previous travel trips or photos of people currently travelling
I don’t know which one I’m more guilty of doing, maybe the latter purely because of social media but I definitely do both. I mean don’t get me wrong it is good to look back and see how much I’ve achieved but when that looking back involves being insanely jealous that isn’t my life 24/7. It probably isn’t such a good idea. I know how hard it is to avoid social media updates from fellow bloggers and friends but when your feet are as itchy as mine I suggest skipping past their updates.
Instead you should be looking at images for your coming trips and getting excited about what you are actually going to see and do this year.
Don’t compare how much you have travelled this year to last year
Unless you are in exactly the same situation as last year then comparing is silly. I couldn’t afford to do everything I did last year because of being a student now. I will never fly as much as I did last year because I can drive home to my parents from London whereas I couldn’t so easily from Glasgow. For whatever reason life isn’t exactly the same as last year and I need to realise that when comparing things.
Instead of looking back, I should be looking forward at all the ways life is awesome this year and what I can do to improve it.