Here’s my list of the Top 10 Things To Do When You Absolutely Cannot Travel
1) Focus On Kids.
Kids truly have an innocent way of looking at the world. I took my son and his friends tobogganing, and then skating. He said It was the “best day ever.” It cost absolutely nothing and we had a great time. Even got a few cute Instagram pictures. (A ridiculous measure of success, isn’t it?)
2) Be A Tourist In Your Own Home Town.
Spend a day travelling the roads you’ve never been on. Where would you take a wide-eyed foreigner? It sounds lame. Cliche, in fact. But I tried it, last week, with an open mind. It was actually fun. I went places that weren’t the norm for me, and it lit a spark.
3) Buddy Up.
Remember your college days when a road trip was an amazing adventure? Pool your money and split the costs.
4) Round Up Those Points.
Got enough points for a short haul flight? Take it! Even better if you have a friend at the destination. Two days in a spare room, a bottle of wine, card games and catching up. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I would always be happy to host, if someone should want to visit my home town.
5) None Of Your Business!
This one is my favourite. Have a friend reluctantly talking about a business trip? Offer to tag along. Of course you’ll pay your own flight and food but you can explore a new city while they work. It’s actually win-win, because you are doing the “leg work” and finding the great places to eat and see while they are focused on the business. Then, in the evening you can go out together and relax. You’re saving them from another night of room service and hotel hibernation.
6) Pick Up Extra Shifts.
Work holidays or overtime hours if ever possible. I think of it as bonus money and hoard it for myself. Bills be damned, I worked Boxing Day for that money…. it’s MINE!
7) Sell The Clutter!
Sell the old treadmill that you only use as a coat rack. Sell the kids shoes that were $85 and are now too small and hardly look worn. Maybe you’ll make enough money in a weekend of decluttering, for a weekend in a hotel.
8) Put Yourself Out There.
Let your friends know that you want to travel and are looking for creative, budget solutions. Maybe you’ll garner a weekend at a cabin in exchange for your cake making skills!
9) Just Shut Up.
Wanting what you can’t have (right now) is self-defeating. Some people may never have, what you already have. My dad tells me that “if money can solve your problems, then all you need is money…. get to work. If no amount of money can solve your problems (ex. health) then you have REAL problems. Then find your blessings and count them.”
10) Open Up The Photo Album
(Or print the ones you have cluttering your phone) Remember the good times and travel that’s already happened. Nothing repossesses those memories. Hold onto them until you can make more.
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