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posted on January 20th, 2016

Travel is electrifying — the new smells and tastes, the meandering, the locals you meet at cafes, and the travelers you connect with on the road. I even love the discomfort of tight hostel dorms, of cramped overnight busses, of tired feet, and of lugging my crap hither and yon, all at the altar of adventure for adventure’s sake.

That said, we can’t be on the move all the time. For those interim periods between trips (AKA everyday life), distract yourself from your daily churn with these addictive outlets for a wanderlusting mind.

Geoguessr

Seriously addictive, this productivity-killing game is one of my favorite mid-afternoon distractions. Using Google Earth StreetView, it plops you down anywhere in the world — from the fjords of Norway to the hills of Kentucky or the Australian outback — and you use the scenery and the visual clues to guess where you landed. Kiss an hour of your life goodbye.

Google flights

I could tinker with this interactive map for hours, seeing where in the world is within reach for a visit. Especially if you don’t have set dates in mind, you can find a host of promising rates for exotic destinations both near and far.

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The New York Times’ “36 Hours” Column

A tried and true source of insightful and trendy travel destinations, “36 Hours” is always worth a look whether you’ve got a trip on the books or need mental vacation. Check out these recent US posts for Boston, Portland, and Pittsburgh for some local inspiration.

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Boat Magazine

A “nomadic travel + culture publication that focuses on a different, inspiring city for each issue”, Boat is print-only, but boasts a pretty beautiful blog, “Journal”, which features cities around the world, including LA, Miami, and Detroit state-side.

Tiny Atlas Quarterly

Another travel mag, Tiny Atlas Quarterly focuses on breathtaking photography, rich travel logs, and curated stories. Page through each journey in their online magazine for a visual pick-me-up.

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Map

A closed community of globetrotting photographers and aesthetes, non-member dreamers and schemers can still benefit from this online phenom by exploring the world through their Instagram page.

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In the meantime, wander locally

Whether across the world or across the county, adventure awaits around every corner — you just need to keep your eye peeled and your camera ready. Grab a car, grab some friends, and quench your wanderlust IRL this weekend.

Megan is the copywriter and content tsarina at Turo. She lives to wander near and far, never met a beach (or dog) she didn’t like, and loves to talk postmodern lit and theory to anyone who’ll listen.