When you are well-travelled, you are bound to miss the places you have visited in the past. This kind of desire not only reminds you of your previous experience but also prompts to experience it again. There are different kinds of triggers, all involving the senses and emotional state. You could be looking through old photos. You could smell the perfume you frequently used on the trip or a dish from a restaurant. You could be experiencing a snow storm and remember your trip to the Caribbean.
As much as you want to hop on the next flight out, you are bound by your responsibilities to your job, your family, or any other engagement that keeps you land bound. So, how do you deal with the urge to travel? You can exercise self-restraint and wait for the feeling to go away. However, there are other ways for you to deal with it.
Indulge yourself and take a trip down memory lane
Go through old photos and videos you took of the place. Watch travel documentaries, vlogs, or movies set in the location you miss. You do not have to force yourself to forget. Perhaps the reason why you remember is that you need to look back at something good.
Indulging yourself in a daydream once in a while does not have to get in the way of your work. Whether it was roaming the streets of Tokyo, riding the dunes of the Gobi Desert, or drinking at an Irish pub, reminiscing about the small details helps motivate you to get out of any personal slumps or business deadlocks.
Find their cuisine in a restaurant near you
The food scene is no longer limited to the local taste. As the world becomes globalized, it is easier for people to have access to fruits, meats, and spices that were not available before. When you go to your grocery store, you can find an assortment of instant food and condiments. They have been imported to meet the demand of immigrants, seasoned travellers, and food connoisseurs.
Treat yourself and revisit the cuisine of the place you miss. When a restaurant is authentic, you can suspend your disbelief for a moment and feel like you are there. If you miss Jerusalem, look for kosher restaurants in NYC. These restaurants can also mimic the atmosphere and décor, which help add to the overall feel of being away without having to travel.
Make use of your desire and plan your next trip
If you are proactive, then you can put this energy and drive into planning your next trip. Instead of the first two suggestions which focus on savouring a memory, you can work towards creating a new one. You can go back to the same country, but instead of going to the place you went to before—explore something new. Your first trips into a new country are more likely to be tourist destinations. There are still so many things to see and experience. If you have visited Bangkok, Thailand, try Chiang Mai or Patani. If you have visited France for Paris, why don’t you try visiting Vienna or Macon?
When you feel the strong urge to travel, do not let the feeling pass by. Savour it, use it, make it propel you to do more, to be more.