Five ways to combat wanderlust

Five ways to combat wanderlust | via The Unprinted Protagonist

“It all takes time and lessons and places, but I’m learning to listen to my restless heart, telling me to “go, go, go!”

—Charlotte Eriksson, “Another Vagabond Lost To Love: Berlin Stories on Leaving & Arriving”

As an avid reader and introvert, I’ve always preferred the quiet of my home to people, places and adventures. After all, a thousand adventures are at my fingertips when I have my e-reader. But lately, I’ve been feeling a relentless need to do something. Have fun. Be independent. Fly free.

It’s not hard to pinpoint the source of my wanderlust. I just can’t wait to head to my new university in the fall!

I’ve already made a list of things I want to do this summer, but wanderlust is a difficult thing to quench, as many of you already know. Hence, I’ve decided to write a post to help my fellow dreamers ease their wanderlust.

1. Live vicariously

If you follow this blog, you are probably no stranger to living a thousand lives through fiction. The beauty of fiction is that it can transport you anywhere with a flick of your fingertips. If you crave travel, grab “All Fall Down” or “Heist Society” or “Anna and the French Kiss.” If you crave adventure or adrenalin rush or magic, there are thousands of books and movies for those, too. The possibilities are endless.

2. Make a bucket list with someone close

I actually came up with this tip a few days ago while on Skype with my little cousin (my mini-me). When I go to my new university, I’ll be a lot closer to her than I am now, and we’re both really excited about the possibilities for adventure that come with that. We started making a list of things we want to do together. We started with easy tasks (e.g. take an aerial yoga class together, visit The Last Bookstore in LA), but the list quickly grew more adventurous (e.g. go mattress sledding like in “Princess Diaries 2,” stay a night in the Ice Hotel).

The great thing about making a bucket list with another person is that it opens your imagination. You come up with better ideas together, and the “togetherness” makes the list feel more real, like you can actually do these things. The list mini-me and I made will take a long time to finish, but every item is do-able, and I have no doubt we’ll have done half of it by the time she’s 30. Honestly, it doesn’t matter if we never finish it, because simply having some adventures together is priceless.

3. Plan a bunch of mini adventures

Tip #2 is for the dreamers, but this one is for those who need something literal to kick the wanderlust. It’s not always possible to hop on a plane and go somewhere cool, but I’m willing to bet there are cool places near your home, too. Plan a beach weekend with friends like I did earlier this month, go hiking, visit a museum, etc.

4. Do something productive

Somehow, even when I’m bored to death, I find a way to procrastinate the things I actually need to do. However, I find that doing tasks related to the future helps distract me from the wanderlust. For example, I’m really excited about my new university, so I distract myself by browsing for dorm necessities, completing paperwork, etc.

5. Start a crazy project

Nothing beats wanderlust like getting totally immersed in a project. Lately I’ve had my hands full with making everything for two different cosplays. It’s a long and difficult process, but I’m really enjoying it. Pick a project that involves planning and steps: redecorate your home, redesign your blog, start some sort of craft, etc.

Do you ever have wanderlust? What’s your favorite way to fight it?


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