Elsewhere: Feed Your Travel Cravings When You’re Stuck at Home from For the Love of Wanderlust

Paige from For the Love of Wanderlust has written a post full of ideas for feeding your travel cravings when you’re stuck at home.

How to Feed Your Travel Cravings When You’re Stuck at Home by For the Love of Wanderlust

I follow Paige’s blog for the lovely photos and travel tips. This post in particular resonated with me because I feel a bit stuck at home at the moment. Even though I recently quit my full-time day job so that I could travel more, I still have a part-time position as a remote adjunct instructor at the local college. Being remote, it seems like I could just pick up and go whenever I please but I have intermittent courses to take to get my “digital professor certification” and also a fear that I will end up somewhere without cell signal or wifi, which I need to teach my course. (It still surprises me when we find ourselves somewhere without a data signal in the US.) Anyway, the urge to travel is strong and we’re going to be in Orlando for at least the next 3-4 weeks.

Today, John and I were walking around Lake Eola after trying out a new-to-us french bakery in Thornton Park (Benjamin’s). The weather was really  lovely and made me think that maybe I would enjoy Orlando more if I actually went out and tried new things in Orlando more often.

Duck at Lake

Do we love places that we travel to because they are genuinely better than where we live or do we love those places because when we travel we’re always trying new things?

Paige’s suggestions are all great, and some of them, like going to a local museum or on a local hike, may also connect you with where you currently live and help you not feel ‘stuck at home’. Explore your own city and fall in love with it the way you would when you’re traveling!

How to keep occupied during a road trip

When Mandy and I go on our trips, we usually spend several hours taking apart our house to look for things to keep our attention when we’re not driving. You should keep in mind that on a twenty-hour road trip, chances are that the things you’ve brought to stave off boredom may just as well start boring you again when you’re doing it for ten hours straight.

Much like raising kids (or from what I’ve seen of them being raised), keeping occupied during a road trip is mostly about the art of distraction. Especially during that boring stretch of I-10.

Just kidding.

That’s all of I-10.  All of I-10 is boring. There, I said it.

Anyways, the art of distraction plays an important role in any road trip. You’ll want to bring enough supplies to split your attention between them for a while, but not enough to where your trip is going to be overly-cumbersome.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Until we purchased Fodor’s The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West (Full-color Travel Guide), we had never really thought of visiting a volcanic site. We figured the areas would be considered dangerous, off-limits, and we never actually considered that there would be any in the US.

Our main attraction to northern California was the redwoods, but we noticed as we were planning that Lassen Volcanic National Park wasn’t too far. We decided to stay near Mount Shasta and take a day trip out to Lassen Volcanic National Park while we were there.

We only spent about four hours at the park, but it seemed like you could spend a few days. The park was huge and offered scenic drives, hikes, and some awesome geothermal activity.

A ring of volcanic rock from the explosion of Lassen Peak in 1915
A ring of volcanic rock from the explosion of Lassen Peak in 1915

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