Satisfying Your Wanderlust
We don’t know about you, but with still no end in sight for international travel restrictions, we’re still wistfully browsing travel sites, waiting for the day we can finally fly off into the sunshine.
In the meantime, we’ve collated our top tips to satisfy that wanderlust. If you’re looking for a taste of the outside world, a change of scenery, or just some new ways to keep yourself busy, read on!
1. Start saving for your next adventure
With shops, pubs and restaurants reopening, the temptation to splash the cash is very real – surely we’ve all earned the right to treat ourselves. But, before you go into a beer garden-induced frenzy, take a second to weigh up whether it’ll be more exciting to spend that bread on your next adventure overseas. Although it might seem counterintuitive now, saving your pennies for some future travel could be so worth it in the long run.
To get ready for your next trip, make the most of your student discounts and keep your eyes peeled for offers and voucher codes, especially when dining out.
2. Refresh your space
A little bit of redecorating is the perfect way to prepare for what promises to be a beautiful British summer! Add a bit of exotic flair in the form of new colours and fabrics, or a glazed door from Oakwood Doors to bring the summery scenes inside. Even a handful of new houseplants will make your home an ideal setting to celebrate the end of lockdown once indoor gatherings are allowed again.
A spot of DIY is also a great way to master some new skills – just be sure to get permission from your landlord before making any significant changes to your student house!
“With the reopening of outdoor dining, now is the perfect time to explore a new cuisine. If you’re interested in challenging your tastebuds, why not try out some independent restaurants in your area?”
3. Learn a language
One perk of not being able to travel is having plenty of time to brush up on your language skills before your next trip. As well as serving you well in future, language learning can teach you more about international countries and cultures.
It’s easier than ever before to teach yourself a new tongue – the Internet is the new phrasebook. Resources like Duolingo are totally free, and there are countless YouTube channels dedicated to coaching aspiring polyglots.
4. Grab a bite to eat
With the reopening of outdoor dining, now is the perfect time to explore a new cuisine. If you’re interested in challenging your tastebuds, why not try out some independent restaurants in your area? With growing demand for diverse dishes, there are plenty of establishments out there offering authentically prepared world foods to bring a taste of the globe to your home town. Alternatively, why not try your hand at a homemade recipe and make something new from the comfort of your own kitchen?
“A spot of DIY is also a great way to master some new skills”
5. Feed your mind
Travel allows us to learn about the world around us and explore other ways of life. But, you don’t necessarily need to go abroad to open yourself up to new experiences. Netflix has an excellent selection of travel shows for those who are craving a slice of life on the road. Or, for a cultured night in with your housemates, why not check out some of the most popular board games from around the world.
Hopefully these five tips will be enough to satisfy your need for adventure until the long-awaited day when we can finally go overseas. Until then, get practising your language skills, treat your tastebuds, or spice up your living space!
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