Want to live like you’re on vacation every day? It might be easier than you think. Of course, we all have responsibilities, jobs and bills that need tending to, but what if you’re overlooking what really matters when it comes to crafting a life that feels less stressful and more uplifting?
You might not be able to jet-set constantly, but you can incorporate daily rituals that bring rejuvenation, adventure and perspective to your day-to-day and make space for what brings you joy. You don’t need a passport for that.
Here are a few ways to upgrade your daily routine and live your best travel lifestyle every day.
Start your day with fresh air
Ahhh, is there anything better than a morning walk on the beach or lavish breakfast on a beautiful hotel balcony? You can have those morning vacation vibes at home by taking a few interrupted minutes to have coffee or breakfast outside. No access to outdoors? Enjoy your morning sustenance by an open window.
What really matters is that you don’t rush, actually taste your food, feel the fresh air on your skin, listen to the sounds outside, and either stay quiet (no phones, please!) or have a nice conversation with someone else.
Tip: Take back coffees, teas and spices from your trips as souvenirs that will remind you of the times you’re actually traveling.
Related: Meaningful Souvenir Ideas for the Minimalist Traveler
Journal like a traveler
Keeping a travel journal is a powerful way to document your discoveries, get curious about other cultures, make your own travel keepsake, and cultivate the self-reflection and personal growth that makes travel so transformative.
Take 10 minutes every morning or evening to document your day and get curious about what’s going on around you. If nothing else, sitting still and dumping your thoughts on paper will reset your day and leave you feeling refreshed and clear headed.
Related: The Ultimate Guide to Travel Journaling
Commute like you’ve got nowhere to be
Travel helps us loosen our grip on things we can’t control, which is something so we can definitely take back into our daily lives…especially when it comes to commuting.
Back home, instead of complaining about traffic or a late train, take the opportunity to listen to a podcast or audiobook, meditate (if you’re not driving, of course) or simply look out the window. If you need to give someone a head’s up that you’ll be late, do so, then treat the situation as a sneaky break instead of something to get frustrated about. You’re going to be there at the same time whether you’re in a huff or relaxed.
Related: 12 Roadtrip Audiobooks for Every Travel Mood
Make a fictional escape on your lunch break
If you’re anything like me, reading fiction feels like a vacation. Swapping out my normal personal development or business books for a page-turning novel is something usually reserved for airplanes or beach beds.
So, instead of eating at your desk while getting crumbs on your keyboard, take an actual lunch break, outside if possible, with a good fiction book or travel memoir. Everyday escapism at its most accessible.
Talk to strangers
Technology takes travelers pretty far on our own these days. But when tech fails, there’s always good old fashioned people. And if you’ve asked a local for information, you know that you’ll always get more authentic info than your friend Google will share.
It would be pretty inconvenient to shun technology in our daily lives. But every so often we can choose not to rush from point A to point B with our heads down on our phones. Look up for once. Smile at a stranger. Ask someone for restaurant recommendations. Tell someone you like their shoes. Bring real, human connection into your everyday life.
Five-star your sleep routine
Luxury stay wishlist: a plush bed, well-appointed room, beautiful view and a great night’s sleep. You may or may not have the views or the furnishings of a five-star hotel, but it’s still possible to upgrade your sleep routine.
Make your bed the centerpiece of your room with soft sheets and perfect-for-you pillows. Pop on a silky smooth eye mask and hit play on calming, ambient nature sounds. Use an alarm that wakes you up naturally with light and greet the day refreshed not frazzled. This sunrise/sunset alarm clock looks pretty amazing.
Related: Self Care Retreat Essentials to Turn Any Space Into a Sanctuary
Take a daily walk (or two)
When you’re exploring a new city, you’re usually walking…a lot. You soak up new sights on your strolls, get lost, discover new things. There’s so much novelty that you become more present, and get a nice workout to boot.
Take a walk or two every day at home to bring yourself into the moment and maybe even find a bit of novelty in your sidewalk adventures. Plus exercise releases endorphins, which make you happy.
Embrace the weekend getaway
If you’re one of those all or nothing people (raising my hand) and prefer to either be on a far-off trip or in full-on homebody mode, I encourage you to consider a middle ground: the weekend getaway. Take a relaxed road trip to a nearby town. Explore your city as a tourist. Or if you really don’t want to go anywhere, plan the ultimate staycation.
Hopefully, these ideas will give you a few new travel-inspired rituals to add to your daily routine. How about you? What are your favorite ways to live like you’re traveling?
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