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.
Image Credit: Resplash
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.
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.
Image Credit: Pexels
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.
Image Credit: Pexels
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 🤫
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