5 Ways To Keep The Travel Bug During Quarantine

We’re all finding ourselves going through difficult times with our lives disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Various countries around the world have implemented lockdown and social distancing measures to prevent further spread of the virus. This has unfortunately meant borders have been shut, flights have been grounded cancelled by big and small airlines alike.

It’s going to be a very very long few months being quarantined with family and loved ones, and we may find ourselves struggling without the ability to travel. There may be times where that very fact of not going on that 2 week getaway to New York or Bali or not doing that Ibiza weekender we had planned, will frustrates us and affect our mental health. For me it’s not going up north to Manchester for my brother’s stag do (amongst other trips lined up!)

Here’s 5 things you can find yourself doing to keep the travel flame well lit whilst stuck at home

1. Revisit photos and videos from travels

Reminisce some of the great experiences you had on your trips by looking through old photos and videos stored in your gallery or put on your socials. Heck even share some with loved ones if you know they haven’t seen them. If you’re a content creator you may look back on old content. When you do so laugh and smile – or whatever you best express joy and happiness. Its really important to keep ourselves in positive spirits during isolation in as many healthy ways.

You may even remind yourself why you love to travel and your purpose for doing so.

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2. Travel-Related films and programmes

Let’s face it, one of our main go-to activities is gonna be indulging on Netflix binges or binges whatever streaming service we’re putting our coins towards.

Well why not watch some travel films, docuseries or podcasts as part of the binges. It could be the inspiration for your next trip post-quarantine. You may learn something about your favourite country or city that you didnt know before. Maybe it could be the catalyst for future travel content. There’s a post on my blog with a list of some travel films if anyone needs to find some.

The long and short of it, when the pandemic is over they may make you more educated, informed and inspired about travel and tourism in general.

3. Engagement

There’s never been a better time to make the effort to getting those engagement rates back up again! Share some old and new content on threads and groups. Try and get involved in as many live chats and Q&As. Interact and link up with other creatives over on socials.

It’s time to get back on the travelgram!For bloggers I’ve got a post on different ways to help you grow. Remind people of your creativity and introduce yourself to new people.

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4. Learn A New Skill Or Find A New Hobby

The extra time were gonna be having from being in quarantine is the perfect opportunity to fill that time by doing things we havent contemplated doing or have always thought of doing but never really had the time to do so.

Learning and practicing a new language. Cook a meal you haven’t made before. Take up some reading, maybe even grab a travel book from Amazon or Ebay to get. I’ve got a copy of Into the Wild sitting in my book basket that I’m gonna whip out and read.

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5. Keep The Content Rollin Through

For me as hard as it is without going away, one of the best ways to get through this may well be to blog blog blog, write write write, record record record.

Again creatives may want to look back through your old content to give yourself a few ideas in case you’re struggling. Some of the other suggestions may be the very thing that you do content on, namely seeing what other content creators are doing to fill the hole left. I’m considering bringing more blog posts that’ll go beyond travelling. Although I’ll keep hush on what they are for now 🤫

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Summary

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Our lifestyle has had a massive upheaval in quite an abrupt fashion. Not being able to travel is one of the worst things to come from this pandemic. However this very thing is a chance to reflect on previous experiences, learn new skills and try and go forward by engaging with things that will give us a new perspective.

Us travel creatives of any kind are all going through the same struggles. The sense of sticking together and checking for ourselves will can get us through this pandemic and if anything, makes the community stronger.

What are you doing to keep your wanderlust alive? What’s been keeping you busy during these difficult times?

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing with yourselves, stay safe and stay sane

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Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!

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44 Comments

  1. April 9, 2020 / 12:55 pm

    Thank for sharing 👍 I can’t wait to plan the next travel

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 10, 2020 / 5:40 pm

      You’re welcome man! Me too, its times like this where you realise how much more you love to travel

  2. April 10, 2020 / 3:31 am

    I was looking through old pictures and decided to do some virtual trips today of places with my children. We visited Rome a few years ago and we visited virtually today. My son said he can virtually check it off of his bucket list. 🤣 Thank you for the great suggestions! Our next goal is to learn a language for our next trip.

    • April 10, 2020 / 5:44 pm

      😂😂😂 Those virtual trips of yours sound really cool. Great way to improvise, if I had known I would’ve included it on this post. How do you do the virtual trips?

  3. April 10, 2020 / 10:17 am

    Good tips 😉 I’m also planning my next trip 😛 Not by booking transport or accommodation, but rather by doing research on what there is to see around a place I’ve always wanted to visit, so I’m ready at the end of the isolation 💪 Like you said: We got this! 😊

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 10, 2020 / 5:42 pm

      Yeah same here, I’ve been planning my itinerary for New York and been reading a few travel guides to get some ideas. Whereabouts do you plan on going post-pandemic?

  4. April 10, 2020 / 4:09 pm

    Loved this post so much, my fave thing has been remisicing all the good travel time and I’m looking to learn a new language as well!

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 10, 2020 / 5:41 pm

      That’s great to hear!. Which language are you looking to take up?

      • April 10, 2020 / 7:03 pm

        I studied french for 7 years but stopped about 5 years ago, I recently went to France and realised I knew A LOT more than I thought so excited to pick it up again!!

  5. Johnny
    Author
    April 10, 2020 / 5:43 pm

    😂😂😂 Those virtual trips of yours sound really cool. Great way to improvise, if I had known I would’ve included it on this post. How do you do the virtual trips?

  6. April 10, 2020 / 10:11 pm

    These are all great ways to improvise. I have been planning some trips for when we are finally allowed out and put them into action I cannot wait for that day!

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 11, 2020 / 2:49 pm

      You’re welcome Nina 🙂

  7. April 12, 2020 / 1:40 pm

    These are some great ideas to help travel bloggers during quarantine! Happy Easter to you and your family! Thank you for sharing these ideas x

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 13, 2020 / 8:55 am

      Thank you Lauren 🙂

  8. April 13, 2020 / 8:32 am

    I’ve been looking through my photos from my most recent trips and trying to think where I’d like to go most next! My next trip was Azerbaijan for the Euros but it’s unlikely that we’ll even go just to the country now that they’ve been postponed. Thanks for sharing these tips Johnny ☺️

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 13, 2020 / 8:55 am

      You’re welcome Maddie! I feel for you on that, it’s just a real shame isnt it. I take it it was Baku that you were gonna go? Good to see you’re looking back to get some inspiration

      • April 13, 2020 / 11:05 am

        It really is! Yes it was, hopefully we can book another trip there in the future!

  9. L
    April 13, 2020 / 12:07 pm

    I think #4 is an especially good tip, and a super fun and creative way to keep the travel bug and explore a new exciting destination before you’ve actually visited there!

    Xoxo,
    Laura // https://afinnontheloose.com

  10. April 13, 2020 / 5:16 pm

    Love the idea of watching travel-based movies and docuseries. I’ve found a bunch of fun ones on Disney+ lately.

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 17, 2020 / 7:13 pm

      You’re welcome!

  11. April 14, 2020 / 10:52 am

    Great suggestions. I’m not a huge traveller. But I did have 3 trips booked for April that I’m really gutted I couldn’t go on. Travel related films are a great idea!

  12. April 14, 2020 / 2:32 pm

    These are great suggestions! As a travel blogger myself I’ve been writing so much more. Thanks for sharing!

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 17, 2020 / 7:13 pm

      Anytime Laci – keep on writing 👊🏾

      • April 17, 2020 / 11:11 pm

        Thank you! You too!

  13. April 14, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    These are great suggestions, thank you for sharing Johnny! I love travel films, they are the perfect escapism! My favourites are Eat Pray Love and Wild – I will have to check out your other post for further recommendations 🙂 Looking at old holiday photos is such a lovely idea, I have quite a few albums on Facebook which always bring back happy memories! Can’t wait to book some trips once all this is over! Hope you are having a good week <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  14. Hannah Louise Blog
    April 15, 2020 / 6:57 am

    I’ve definitely been going through old photos from last years trips, hoping to at least get something this year when its all safe again, fingers crossed!

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 17, 2020 / 7:08 pm

      🤞🏾

  15. April 17, 2020 / 12:27 am

    I can’t wait to be able to travel again! In the meantime, I’ve been going through old travel pics. It’s inspired me to blog about past adventures I’ve been meaning to post. Trying to stay productive. Thanks for sharing these tips! – Briana @ https://www.nextdestinationunknown.com/

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 17, 2020 / 7:06 pm

      You’re welcome Briana – glad the trip down memory lane is working for ya!

  16. April 17, 2020 / 9:23 pm

    Nice suggestions! This really resonates with me because I was supposed to fly from London to Bangkok this week and spend the next two months travelling around southeast Asia. I’m privileged though, because I’ve just decided to stay longer in Barbados instead! I hope we all get to travel again soon.

  17. April 27, 2020 / 12:48 pm

    I’ve been going through lots of old photos & looking at travel posts for inspiration of where to go when this is all over!
    Emily xx

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 4:20 pm

      That’s great! Got any places in mind that you wanna go post lockdown?

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 4:20 pm

      😂😂😂 not the best time to catch it but do keep it going!

  18. April 27, 2020 / 2:43 pm

    I have to say that I have spent a lot of time looking at some of my previous travel pictures. It has really cheered me up, despite knowing that it will be a while before we get to travel again.

    My travel list is growing by the day. I just hope we can book something for my Birthday in July. Got to find something to spend the money I am saving during this time on, and travel seems the best idea!

  19. April 27, 2020 / 4:03 pm

    Lovvvve these ideas – not only am I missing travelling new places, but in awe that it may be a really long time before I can travel anywhere at all! Trying new things at home is my go-to for staying stimulated in absence of new places 😉

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 4:19 pm

      Yeah it’s such a sinking feeling – might suffer from withdrawal symptoms by the time airlines can start running smoothly again. Although like you’re doing it’s an opportunity to embrace other things we may have overlooked 🙂

  20. April 27, 2020 / 6:56 pm

    what a cool idea for a post! I hope it’s not long until things go back to normal, thanks for sharing!!

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 28, 2020 / 9:22 am

      You’re welcome, I hope so too!

  21. nortoncharity
    April 29, 2020 / 7:14 pm

    I love this post! It’s always fun to go back through and look at old travel pictures. I do that quite often and it’s fun to relieve the memories. Cant wait for when we can all travel again!
    -Charity https://morningsonmacedonia.com

    • Johnny
      Author
      April 29, 2020 / 8:11 pm

      Yeah definitely, a few trips down memory lane is what we can all do with for now. Hopefully the end of the lockdown is near 🙂

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