20 things to do if you’re not travelling this month

The irony that I’m a travel blogger who’s currently not travelling isn’t lost on me. I’m switching browser tabs between my bank account and flights to New York, trying to convince myself that the former isn’t reeeally more important than the latter. Head is currently winning over heart though. I suspect after the Christmas break, most of you are feeling the same (and your savings too). So in an attempt to keep things positive and make it feel like you’re exploring, relaxing or doing something different, I’ve jotted down 20 things to do if you’re not travelling this month. A little bit of inspiration from me to you.

1 / Try something new at home
You’ll think you’ve been there done that with your town, but there’s bound to be somewhere you haven’t visited – find a new restaurant, shop or café to explore.

2 / Go on your own photography walk
Grab your camera and spend the day taking photos in your local area. You can get gorgeous sunset shots in your own backyard.

3 / Take a ‘day trip’
You don’t even need to go that far to explore. Hop on the train or bus for a couple of stops and take a day trip to the next town or city. The rest of the world is literally a few miles away.

4 / Write postcards from where you are now
I love writing postcards while I’m sat on a balcony or by the pool, so why not write some lovely random notes for friends and post them from where you are?

5 / Fancy up your bathroom
Your own bathroom can be like a 5* hotel with a bit of fancying up. Get twice as many bubbles in the tub, light a bunch of candles and make sure there’s a lovely chilled glass of wine within arm’s reach.

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6 / Go out for ice cream
Even if it’s winter, ice cream can still be a treat. It’s not just for holidays either, so if you’re not travelling this month, find your local parlour and treat yourself to a cone or two at home.

7 / Join your local library
Excuse the cheese, but there are whole other worlds to be found inside books. Join your nearest library and you can escape to them in minutes.

8 / Watch some travel documentaries
If books aren’t your thing, then films could work. Head over to Netflix and watch all the travel films that’ll give you major wanderlust.

9 / Eat local street food
Let your tastebuds do the travelling for you and make it feel like you’re on holiday with street food treats – tacos, curries, samosas, pizza, yum buns and roti.

10 / Get familiar with your backyard
There’ll be 101 cool things to do in your own town, letting you explore culture and history just feet from your own front door. Get out there and check it out.

11 / Join a local ‘meetup’ to meet new people
Part of travelling is meeting new people, which you can also do in your own city. Check meetup.com for local gatherings that interest you – most likely they’ll be held somewhere you’ve never been before.

12 / Find all the free stuff that happens in your area
No doubt there’s loads of free stuff to do in your town too – open parks, museums, exhibitions, concerts. We tend to look elsewhere when we’re bored, but I guarantee there’ll be something happening in your town that won’t even cost you a penny.

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13 / Attempt your own cocktails
Fancy cocktails aren’t just resigned to the beach! Invite a few friends round, get the booze in and start creating your very own cocktails in the kitchen – glacé cherries and mini brollies galore.

14 / Have an indoor picnic
When you’ve recovered from your cocktails, pretend your living room is a pretty park in Italy (actually, the booze may help with this.) Grab a blanket, make some finger sarnies, pour the lemonade, and sit back and chat. Bliss.

15 / Start a box set
Not travelling this month makes your spare hours the perfect time to start that box set you’ve had your eye on for so long. Never got round to Breaking Bad? Missed The Sopranos the first time? Press play.

16 / Get the bus to a random stop
In the spirit of exploring areas you don’t know, why not hop off the bus in a village or town you’ve never been to before? You could do some research before, or totally take your chances and play bus stop roulette.

17 / Cook something you haven’t before
Travelling with your tastebuds again, but this time taking a bit more skill and research. Try your hand at foods you’ve eaten on holiday – tapas, cuban sandwiches, fish tacos, meatballs…

18 / Learn a language
Have a go at learning Spanish or French or Italian, so that when you do get to travel you’re well versed in the local lingo.

19 / Staycation in a swanky hotel
If you’ve got some savings but can’t afford to travel abroad, a little staycation will help keep that itch to travel at bay. Book into a swanky hotel and have a night away from home. You’ll be surprised at how much fun it is!

20 / The classic ‘spa at home’
Give yourself a pamper session as if you’re on a lovely city break – make a face mask with banana, honey and orange juice, crack open the bubbly, and light some sweet-smelling candles.

Got any suggestions for things to do if you’re not travelling this month? Tell me in the comments!

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12 Comments

  1. 10th January 2016 / 9:38 am

    Great tips Charley! I’ve done a few of these this month as I too haven’t got anything lined up as yet travel wise and I must say, it does help lift the January blues! Ice cream has a way of always making it feel like summer ☺

  2. Rebecca Marie
    10th January 2016 / 1:45 pm

    These are all fantastic! I spent far too much of last year cooked up inside on my days off and I’m going to definitely note some of these down in my bullet journal for inspiration! I just went on a photography walk yesterday and it was brilliant. These are such good tips! :) xxx

  3. 10th January 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Awesome post Charley! Completely love the idea of going for a photo walk and of course ice cream is ALWAYS a good idea! There’s a lovely little place near mine that does Jaffa Cake ice cream and its divine! Actually that may be a plan for next weekend now 😊

  4. 10th January 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Love these ideas, getting ice cream is definitely a way to pretend you are on holiday. I am terrible for exploring my own back yard.

  5. Natalie
    11th January 2016 / 10:08 am

    Thanks for the list! I have a trip booked for August but that is just so far away. :[

    Nat | Dignifiable

  6. 11th January 2016 / 10:13 am

    Great ideas! I’m currently in the research phase for my new trips (hotels, attractions, etc) :)

  7. 11th January 2016 / 11:42 pm

    Great list! I definitely do some of these now that I do less travelling than when I was living in England. Have to keep life interesting some how.

  8. 12th January 2016 / 10:39 am

    Some super ideas! I love to use this portion of the year to do some exploring in my own back yard!

  9. 12th January 2016 / 2:26 pm

    Great post Charley – and perfect timing as January can be so dull & grey. Sometimes we need a simple reminder of all the lovely things we can see and do from our home base. I’m gonna take your advice and try a few of these out this month! One of the things I want to start is learning Spanish! Keri x