If you're tired of eating the same old food you eat each day, try ordering something different. Trying something new gives you the thrill of experience, even if the experience is small. Order something you have never heard of or go to a restaurant with a cuisine you've never tasted before.
Try theme nights at home
If you or your family has never been out of the country or you're all suffering from post-vacation depression, why not have a night in Paris in the comfort of your own home?
For a family activity or a date with your significant other, print out play passports. "Travel" to a different foreign country once a month. Order French food (or make your own), decorate your home with Eiffel Tower print-outs and gather around to watch a movie set in France like "Beauty and the Beast."
Your kids will not only love the memories you make together but also be inspired to learn more about the world.
Just because you don't have time to visit Japan right now, doesn't mean you never will. In the mean time, take a class on Japanese. Learning new languages will not only strengthen your intellect but also prepare you for a possible trip to a new destination in the future.
Spend a day smelling the flowers. Stop and explore the places you drive by each day on your way to work. There are many new things to see within your own neighborhood and city that are less than a few hours away. Most big cities have multiple areas with different ethnic influences.
Check out a museum you've never visited. Buy a souvenir and add it to your collection. You probably don't own one from your own city.
You may find places you will long to visit time and again. Satisfy your wanderlust by spending a day filled with discovering your own backyard.
Travel through media
Explore the foreign language and international sections at the library. Read books that are based in other countries. Discover places you've never visited before online. Look at pictures of beautiful places you have never heard of.
Have a movie marathon of movies set in the same country. Although your feet will be within the walls of your own home, you will be well-informed about different cultures around the world.
We often have a habit of spending each day wrapped within the blanket of routine. Each day we fulfill our duties and find ourselves living the same day over and over again.
Every so often, make time for yourself and do something spontaneous in the day. Find a different route to take on your way to work. Go on a different hiking trail. Take a class that teaches you a new skill.
There is something new and dazzling to discover each day.
Chakell Wardleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spends her days silently (mostly) correcting others' grammar. She adores all things nerd, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, and anything else that whisks her away from reality. She currently works as an editor for the FamilyShare team. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, laughing too loudly, or belting out songs from Hamilton.