12 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Wanderlust On A Budget

12 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Wanderlust On A Budget

Your heart is telling you yes, but your bank account is telling you no.

Wanderlust is a strong, innate desire to rove or travel around. Having wanderlust can be a blessing and a nightmare all in once. It's totally OK to want to hop on a plane and fly away to a magical far away place and be your adventurous self, but when you only have $2 and some spare change in your wallet, the furthest you're getting is your backyard. It's hard to know that there is so much in the world to explore and so many beautiful places you can visit, but not having the means to do so. That doesn’t mean you have to stop clinching to your adventurous side. Here are 12 ways to embrace your inner wanderlust on a college budget.

1. Start local

2. Food

Eating food is always a good idea, but sometimes whipping up something new and enticing in the kitchen is just enough to satisfy your taste for adventure.

3. Learn a new language

Utilize your college courses. Learning a new language is definitely a great way to help you further explore your love for different cultures. You might not become fluent, but that Spanish I class could come in handy if you ever do take a trip to Barcelona.

4. Read a book

Reading is always an adventure so jump into a new journey about some enticing new place, and you’ll be able to escape without leaving the comfort of your bed.

5. Create a travel board

It's OK to dream about where you want to go, whether it’s a tropical beach or a winter wonderland. Get crafty and take your fav pictures of places you want to visit. Paste them on a canvas (hello cute dorm decoration!) or just make a Pinterest board to keep you inspired!

6. Drive anywhere

Sometimes hopping in the car and blasting your favorite T-Swift song is the best way to embrace your wanderlust. You will be surprised what beautiful things you will discover around you when you actually pay attention.

7. Get involved

Joining new clubs that are outside of your comfort zone and alien to you will help you fulfill all your cravings for something fresh and interesting.

8. New hobbies

Picking up a new hobby, like photography, will allow you to explore your undiscovered talents, while simultaneously allowing you to capture the beauty around you.

9. Friendships

Meeting people who share the same thirst for adventure as you will allow your passion for traveling thrive even more.

10. Savings jar

Creating a cute little savings jar (this is what mason jars are built for) that you throw your spare change in will allow you to keep your hope for adventure alive.

11. Study abroad

Studying abroad is something that most colleges offer, and many times, your tuition fees cover it. So not only do you get to spend a semester living in another country, but you also get to take classes and totally immerse yourself in another culture, without spending too much out of pocket. Who knows if you'll have the same freedom and limited responsibilities five years from now? Make sure to take advantage!

12. Give yourself a moment

Learn and take away from everything that you do. Have a conversation with a stranger about their life, listen and absorb and take time for yourself. Wanderlust is all about exploration, and if you can’t learn about what you truly love and who you are from exploring, there really is no purpose.

The struggle is real when you have wanderlust and no way to fulfill it financially. That doesn’t mean you can’t satisfy your desires for exploration on a budget. So don’t forget about your dreams of adventure, and always keep them close. But if you can’t be a jetsetter, these things will definitely help you embrace your inner wanderlust without making your wallet cry. So go on and explore all the things this beautiful world has to offer!

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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10 Things To Do In Indiana To Make This Summer The Best Summer

Because let's face it, Indiana can be a pretty boring place.


Often times our summer nights in Indiana consist of bonfires, Steak and Shake, and a trip to the local Walmart because we are just so bored! Let's face the inevitable conclusion, we were all born in a dreadfully boring state. Thankfully, there are places all over the state that are just waiting to be explored this summer! Pack your car, board your friends, and hit the road to experience some awesome adventures!

1. Turkey Run State Park in Parke County.

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What else can you think of other than the amazing feeling of hiking, camping, and enjoying the fresh air? With many places outside of the park to camp and stay, getting to the park is a short drive from nearby housing. The trails and beautiful sites will yield a perfect camping destination!

2. Zao Island in Valparaiso.


With Go Karts, Mini Golf, Laser Tag, a Laser Maze, Game Rooms, Batting Cages, Slides, and even an Alligator Exhibit, this destination is the one stop you have to make for the summer! With family fun all around at good prices, this place will be the one place you will want to continuously visit! Plus they have pizza, too!

3. Indiana Dunes National Park in Chesterton.


Lining Lake Michigan, the Dunes is the perfect beach destination to go on a hot summer day. With hotels and restaurants lining the park, there will always be somewhere to stay and somewhere to eat, plus all of the amazing qualities of the park, such as swimming, hiking, and soaking up the sun rays, making this destination a trip you have to make!

4. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in Indianapolis.


I think we can all agree that sometimes we are all kids at heart, and what better way to celebrate our "youth" than to take a visit to the Children's Museum! With exhibitions that contain Dinosaurs, an International Space Station, ways you can explore the everyday lives of Scientists, Fireworks of Glass, and many more, this is the perfect way at a decent price to spend your summer afternoon!

5. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus.


This attraction hosts a variety of themed attractions, including coasters and water coasters! As well as having a wave pool, a river, and tube slides, this attraction is the perfect location to go when you want to have fun as well as a cool down from the hot summer sun!

6. Conner Prairie in Fishers.


I don't know about you all but I LOVED when we got to go to Conner Prairie for a school field trip! Being one of the most visited outdoor museums in the country, Conner Prairie showcases the 19th-century lifestyle where you get to see 1836 Prairie Town, the William Conner House, and even experience what it was like in Indiana during the Civil War! This history destination will leave you in awe of how life used to be!

7. Bluespring Caverns in Bedford.


I was so jealous that my parents and sister got to experience these caves and I didn't! This underground river that stretches 21 miles houses many unusual and cool species, such as many amphibians, blind, and albino animals.

8. Indiana Medical History Museum in Indianapolis


This museum is an old pathology building that houses an autopsy room, amphitheater, laboratories, photo archives, as well as records from when the hospital was up and running. This cool destination is home to outdated medical equipment as well as anatomical structures that are breathtaking to see.

9. Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort in Monticello.


This fun beach gives us a little taste of everything, from rides, games, to even walking a boardwalk. Located on Lake Shafer, this amusement park is a fun time for those who are looking for a little taste of fair life, yet can't wait until August to get it!

10. Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis.


Located in White River State Park, this zoo houses over 2,000 animals, all ranging from lions, elephants, and dolphins! As well as containing a botanical garden and exhibits where you can feed the animals, this zoo is a fun destination when searching for a fun break. Plus, who doesn't love visiting all the cool animals up close?

Whether you visit one or all of the destinations listed above, we have to acknowledge the fact that although Indiana can be a boring state, there are sometimes some pretty cool things we can do with an adventure around every corner!


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