Satiating Wanderlust on a Serious Budget

I feel it too. The itch to go. A longing to be somewhere odd, foreign, really anywhere that's not where you live.

Wanderlust is a constant theme in the yoga community. Every other conversation I have is about where someone just traveled or an impending trip. And I never tire of discussing it and hearing other's stories of other lands, foods, languages, and landscapes. The physical effects of wanderlust are apparent immediately. It's like eating something spicy, knowing from the first bit that you're going to be on a ride for a little while. And there's only one cure. You have to go. Heed the call. Get your fix.
Most of us take a trip or two a year if we're lucky. And too many of us get caught up in work, obligation, who's going to watch the dog, and we can't afford it. Yeah. It's easy to find excuses and reasons to skip travel and do the easier thing. The boring thing. But it's not going to ignite your imagination or stir your soul now, is it?

I regard traveling at the bottom of the list of the hierarchy of needs. Food, shelter, clothing, water, travel

And what if you make five figures and there never seems to be much left over to book that flight or afford the hotel?
And that's where inventive souls who also regard travel as a need versus an indulgence have stepped up. They've created situations where one can travel, work, and love every second of it.
Need some ideas about how to satiate your wanderlust? Oh super, cause we've got some!

Wanderlust Festival

You saw that coming, right? Wanderlust takes place all over the United States and Canada, and the volunteer opportunities abound. If you've ever wanted to attend the festival but decided it wasn't in the budge, volunteering with a few of your yoga and travel-loving comrades could be the perfect way to have it all. Always wanted to go to Tahoe? Cool, Wanderlust sets up there once a year. Volunteering gets you a free pass to yoga, music, speakers, and really all the festival has to offer. Renting a small house with several friends really takes the sting out of accommodation fees. And everything is more fun with people you love. Make it happen. Reach out to Wanderlust today to submit your application.

Yoga Trade

This brainchild is the result of a yoga and surf-loving couple and their creative, travel-loving friend - all wanting to not just create opportunities for themselves but for others who share their passion for yoga, travel, and community building. These folks are truly living their dharma and they want to help you do that too.

For a paltry $36 bones a year ($48.00 for two years), you can get access to tons of work trade, volunteering, and continuing education opportunities. You just have to get yourself there. Wanna teach yoga in a tree house? You can! Interested in spending a month in Sri Lanka at a yoga retreat living, practicing, and taking photographs? That experience is just lying in wait for you. Sign up with Yoga Trade for free to peruse their offerings. They want yoga teachers, photographers, and chefs who cook health food with love to join their team. Locations range from Costa Rica to Portugal to Columbus, Ohio. Their emails only wet your thirst and prod you to dream and dream big. Check out Yoga Trade for opportunities that will make your heart burst and get you going on your next travel adventure.

If flights and rooming feel a little out of reach at the moment, short road trips that involve your dog, camping, and hiking are always available cheap and easy excursions to satisfy your soul's yearning. Beauty is everywhere. We must continue to make the effort so our experiences can feed us. We never have to go hungry. And luckily our mats love travel as much as we do.

It Feels So Good to Give

Don't you love a win/win situation?

I sure as hell do. I seek them out and aim for that mathematical equation to make up the majority of the circumstances in my life.
Everything can't be even. Sometimes you are simply the receiver. When it's your turn to give, the only pay off might be that you feel good about what you're doing and offering. And that's most certainly no small thing. In fact, I believe it's the entire point

It feels incredible to give to others. The giver benefits as much if not more than the receiver

 There is no shortage of ways to give. Giving is ubiquitous and everyone has something wonderful, helpful, and insightful to offer. It's so cool that the way it works is the more we give, the happier we are. Win/win baby!
When we feel a deficit in our lives, often the inclination is to feed the well. And it's a great instinct. The distinction is in how we go about doing that. We inherently know we've made a great choice in the way giving makes us feel. If you feel good, super decision. If you feel uncomfortable, regretful, begrudging, insincere, or anything along those lines, the motivation for giving comes from a place that's not genuine or honest. Have you ever given an insincere compliment? So have I, and it felt icky. The motivation was manipulative, and that's never going to do anyone any good.
Let's further discuss motivation.  It's always the launch pad from which we give. Each time we chose to give something to another, checking in with what exactly propelled us to do so is a useful strategy. If the motivation comes from a loving place, we again arrive at a win/win finish line.
Many of us consider our dharma to be of service to others. That's one of the most beautiful ways to provide love to the world.
Looking for ideas on how you can give today? Here's a not so short list to jump-start your day and feed the well that provides us with balance and a sense of connection to others.
  • Offer someone a ride to work whom you know doesn't have transportation.
  • Buy art from someone selling their creations on a street corner.
  • Call a friend whom you know struggles with finding childcare and tell them to name a date they'd like you to come over and babysit.
  • Give that friend who loves handcrafted soap some handcrafted soap.
  • Tell someone whom you admire the reason you look up to them.
  • Hug at least 10 people today.
  • Listen to a stranger who really needs to be heard.
  • Volunteer at a shelter, even if you only have an hour.
  • Purchase a book you love and give it to someone whom you think will benefit from reading it.
  • Move your mat in a crowded yoga class to offer space for a late-comer.
  • Smile at everyone.
  • Text or call someone to tell them you're thinking of them.
  • Invite someone to see a concert with you, your treat.
  • Buy a broke friend lunch.
  • Give blood if you can.
  • Offer to walk someone's dog if they have to work late.
  • Offer to dog sit for a loved one who doesn't feel comfortable with just anyone taking care of their baby.
  • Basically, do something that involves helping dogs or any other animals.
  • Braid someone's hair for them.
  • Paint a friend's nails.
  • Give someone your favorite crystal and tell them why it means so much to you.
  • Remind someone they are loved.
  • Teach a class for a sick yoga teacher looking for a sub.
  • Give a friend some incense to infuse her new apartment or home with a glorious scent.
  • Bake someone a cake.
  • Make someone a mala bead bracelet.
  • Help a stranger who dropped their belongings pick them up.
  • Dispose of liter as you see it on your walk today.
  • Buy the person in line behind you a coffee or juice.
  • Send a card to a loved one.
  • Visit with sick kids in the hospital.
  • If you're gifted with a lovely singing voice, sing for someone today.
  • Help someone move.
  • Buy someone a gift simply because you saw something you knew they'd like or that they need.
  • Check on a sick or injured friend.
  • Clean the bathroom so your partner doesn't have to.
  • Donate clothing you no longer wear or need to Goodwill or some similar organization.
  • Laugh. It's contagious.
  • Make someone else laugh.
  • Offer advice and wisdom if it would be helpful to another.
I could keep going, and I bet you could too. Make your own list and enjoy knowing you will positively impact someone today. Enjoy how that feels and own the knowledge you have so much more to offer than you probably realize.