Some people just aren’t destined to sit still. In fact, over at IDEAL, we think we fall into that camp………

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Anyway. For certain individuals, travel, exploration and inquisition is something which nourishes the soul and nurtures that sense of childlike wonder within. When this occurs, it’s best to give in, and pursue those urges to explore wholeheartedly. Here’s how; our 5 IDEAL ways to full embrace your wanderlust.


Money makes the world go round, as the old adage goes. But how about; make money while going around the world? Finding a job that lets you see the world is perhaps the ultimate way to embrace your wanderlust on a more long term basis. And we all want that, right?

If you’re reading this, you likely speak English with a fair degree of fluency. Sometimes that’s all you need for a rewarding career that also allows you to see the world; teaching English as a second language will enable you to work in many different countries across the world. While it’s not as simple as rocking up to a school and doing your A,B,Cs, qualifications and teacher training are available to give you the confidence you need to stand up in front of a class and explain the past perfect continuous tense with vigour and aplomb.  Or consider a job that enables you to become a digital nomad. Think big and outside the box here.


Or, you could seek a new role which is defined by travel. As long as you’re not afflicted by vertigo or aviophobia and between the heights of 4’11” and 6’4”, becoming a flight attendant could be your channel into the world of getting paid to see it. Training is typically paid and on-the-job, meaning your adventure could start moving almost as soon as you set that ball rolling. Alternatively, working on a cruise ship or interrail trains could offer similar perks. 


If you’re not one for constantly moving around but still get itchy feet, how about relocating to a new country and simply seeing how it goes? It doesn’t have to be for the rest of your life, and neither does it have to be scary. Relocation can be a healthy way to tame your need for travel and for experiencing another part of the world, but in a more sustainable way. 

It’s also more budget-friendly in the long run if you invest in property instead of constantly booking flights and accommodation to go back to the place you’ve fallen in love with.  Relocation doesn’t have to be long-term either. It could simply be living in another country for a year while you get in some work experience and get stuck into a new culture and lifestyle. Or, if your pockets are deep enough and your idea of the perfect relocation is having your own private pad like a penthouse Marbella style, then why not? Take the bull by the horns!


Saving up for a once in a lifetime, dream-come-true trip is all well and good, but what about the time spent waiting to board the plane? If waiting and saving for one huge trip sees you restricted to your home in the meantime, it may be better for your wanderlust (and sanity) to take several trips through the year, which cost less and for a short duration. Even if it’s just a cheap weekend away, this still counts as travelling – and will still serve to abate those restless jitters which occur when restricted to your home for a while. Just make sure you look into more sustainable, and less harmful, ways of travels. A year full of flights simply isn’t acceptable in the current climate.


As John Lennon said, ‘life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans’. Even when you’re not travelling, the chances are high that you’ll be thinking about travelling. Therefore, you need a way to channel that pent up energy or you’ll simply be wasting time.  Feed your wanderlust by research, notes, lists – heck, even a giant map with colourful pins in it! Because you can visually see the direction your travels and plans are taking, you will feel more satisfied and keep your wanderlust fed and nurtured.