How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch!

Getting Ready to Go….Again!

What do you do when you’re in a rut? When you have high ambitions of places to go, things to do and people to meet, but for whatever reason (work, life, lack of funds, and an unfortunate location) you’re not able to scratch that travel itch? How do you get by until your next big trip?

How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch

Here are some of my personal coping mechanisms to stave off the travel bug:

How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
Schweinfurt, Germany
How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

I dream. The first thing I do is dream, think, ponder over the next big trip or adventure that I want to take. For me this isn’t difficult. I am a victim of circumstance and a poor economy. I am the one family member in a party of four who has not clinched that international job yet. So I have plenty of fodder for my ruminations; my family’s travels. I see what they are doing, where they’re going, I read their blog posts and look at their pictures and I yearn for the life I once lived and plan to live again.

How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch



How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
Victoria, British Columbia
How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
Souvenirs help me remember the good times!

I remember. I remember the places I loved. I remember the places I didn’t love so much and during that time of reminiscence I recall the hilarious circumstances I found myself in. While I’m reflecting on where I’ve been and possibly places I’d like to go back to, I begin to formulate plans for new destinations.

How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
Segways in San Francisco
How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington D.C.

I plan. Now this is my favorite part. I love to plan my travels. I know there are many inspirational travel posters, blogs and books that are all hell bent on spontaneity. And as a romantic notion, spontaneity is great. I don’t think planning every second of every day is very fun. But I love to plan. I relish in searching for cottages in the Lakes District on Airbnb, watching movies set at Windsor castle while I imagine a certain boy wizard zooming past on a broomstick. I read German thrillers set in a fast paced Berlin and cook recipes I find online that get me ready for my next jaunt. Planning is my opportunity to imagine that I am richer than I am and more adventurous! I pull from every possible opportunity and then choose the absolute musts.

How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
Yosemite National Park
How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch

How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch

I book. Now this part is thrilling in more ways than one! I go over my finances again and again, I make sure I’ve budgeted correctly; I pick the best possible flight for the least amount of money. I pick my seats. I click the “Buy Now” button. I get a call immediately from my bank’s fraud protection agency. I get all of that mess sorted and at the end I have a date and a ticket. I am ready to go! Except…

How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
Travel games help a little!
How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
Tybee Lighthouse, South Carolina
How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
Mystic, Connecticut

I wait. The wait is excruciating, I try not to count the days because then it feels like even longer. I search through travel posts on Pinterest, I check my calendar. I search for “comfortable, attractive travel clothes” that I never buy, I check my calendar. I go to the store to buy Birkenstocks that my husband reminds me are made in Germany so I wait, and I check my calendar. I go to work, I remind the students that Summer vacation is still far off and we have one more trimester to go, they need to focus (I need to focus), I check my calendar. I’m packing my suitcase, my classroom is clean, everything is in order, we leave tomorrow.

How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch
Travel gear….check!

How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch


I panic. Do we have the passports? Where are the tickets? Remind me to put my cellphone on airplane mode, I had a nightmare that I forgot and got a $12,000 bill!!! Where are the passports? How much cash should we carry? I call my credit card company to remind them about those tickets I bought, yeah, we’re leaving tomorrow and I really need you guys to not block my card for fraud protection… You have the passports right?

I go.

What do you do when you have that pesky travel itch?





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17 thoughts on “How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch!”

  1. What a fun post. We house sit full time and travel a lot. We’re constantly in the planning stages of what to see and do in our next house sit city. Even still lots of time we still go into panic mode as well 🙂

  2. I love dreaming and planning our travels, and sometimes they come together and I can actually book the many travel fantasies that are in my head 🙂 Remembering is fun too! Great pictures!

  3. Booking it truly is the cure… and then booking another trip and then doing it again!! Actually, do the remember is key for me, for sure.

  4. I stare at photos…haha (only half joking), and your photos are great. I’m always thinking of the next trip. Sometimes its a new place, sometimes not. If I’m planning on going somewhere new to me I start researching and planning. I read books, blogs, etc. I start searching for airline tickets, and set up price alerts. When I find a really good deal I purchase if I can. Then, I dream some more 🙂 Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

  5. Great post! I live abroad but I don’t get to travel to as much of it as I would want and even to other places in Europe – waiting for a bigger paycheck sadly. But I do the same as you! My biggest is dreaming and planning – I love planning trips. I already have some plans for Copenhagen and Dublin and Italy…don’t know when I’ll go, but I’m still planning 🙂

  6. I can totally relate to this post. I haven’t been able to take a good, long trip in more than two years because of different reasons. It is not easy but I try to cope by telling myself that you do not have to travel far or spend a lot of money to have a big adventure (as a matter of fact, that is kind of one of my blog’s slogans). Even in the worst moment, I kept thinking of places to go. I ended up visiting several places in my home state and was able to pull a couple of road trips. I think you can keep “traveling” if you are creative enough.

  7. Great post! I LOVE to plan and it helps me to tone down my travel itch a little bit. Having a full time job, being a student and a blogger makes it hard to do a lot of trips so I thank god for internet, haha! I agree with you though, planning every second isn’t fun but reading about culture or watching a film is a delight indeed.

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