Travis Kelce‘s got a ton of free time until next year’s NFL season starts … but, he’s still hanging around K.C. instead of jetting off to see his lady love down undah.

EXCLUSIVE: Travis Kelce lunches at his favorite Kansas City restaurant  ahead of potential reunion with Taylor Swift in Australia after teasing he  would 'venture to an island real soon' and pre-recording next

The three-time Super Bowl champ was hitting up one of his fav restaurants in Kansas City with a to-go bag in hand … Taylor Swift was not by his side obviously since she’s down in Australia on tour.

Travis looks relaxed in the DM pics … having a grand ol’ time while hanging out with a pal in the hot Missouri sun — which might be surprising to fans who thought he’d be down in Australia already.

Will Travis Kelce go to Australia with Taylor Swift for the Eras Tour? - AS  USA

TK did a bunch of press leading up to the Super Bowl BTW … including one interview where he said he would love to experience “Down Under” — so him not already being down there’s definitely raising some eyebrows.

Remember … Swift performed a string of shows in Melbourne this past weekend — including one right on the heels of the death of a fan who was headed to see her.

Travis Kelce Out in Kansas City While Taylor Swift Tours Australia

It’s been an emotional weekend to say the least — Taylor also opened up about feeling “lonely” during the pandemic … which some people are seeing as a pretty clear shot at her ex Joe Alwyn.