With the coronavirus pandemic, many of us want to travel but can’t. The itch is something that all travelers know but few travelers can scratch right now. While this is a strange circumstance it is something that most of us have felt in the past too. Even when there was no pandemic there were work constraints, family commitments, financial limitations, and other distractions that meant we simply couldn’t travel as much as we would like. If you are sitting at home right now feeling a little sad because you are not on the road, then we have some tips for you.
Read Travel Books
There are some amazing travel books out there that will initially make you feel a little sadder that you are not living the adventure, just reading about it. However, a great book can sweep you away on a journey and make you daydream about all the places you can go to. If you are looking to read about a woman who seeks peace then we recommend “Eat, pray, love”. If you are looking to read about a man who came across more adventure than most of us will in a lifetime we recommend “Shantaram”. These books will transport you to another country will you remain cozy in your bed at home.
Chat with old travel buddies
One thing that did well during the coronavirus pandemic was the company zoom. Everyone organized a zoom call and quiz at some point. If you haven’t spoken to some people that you went traveling with for a long time, invite them to a travel catch up. Talk about the adventure you went on, share old photos, and make plans for the next time you can travel.
The best way to cure the travel blues is to plan your next trip. You may not know when that will take place but you can still plan everything you want to do. Some people say they want to travel to South America but that is a massive place and requires a lot of planning to get it right. Start the process now and put down all the things you want to do. This will mean that when the time does come you are perfectly ready.
There are so many travel shows online they can make you feel immersed in a location. If you like food then we recommend “Somebody Feed Phil” a show where Phil drops into a different city and eats some of the finest foods you will ever see. This is a great way to plan what to eat before you ever reach a location.
Travel movies are incredible. Whether you want to watch something inspiring like ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ or something more abstract like Lost in Translation, these classic stories will pull at your heartstrings and show you the potential of travel. The ability to free your mind, to step outside your comfort zone, to meet people you would never have met otherwise. This is what travel is all about and movies capture it perfectly.
Explore in VR
A crazy new way that you can explore some locations is using augmented reality, virtual reality, or simply video. For years some gyms have offered treadmills that will show the scenery of some of the greatest running trails in the world. Want to run around central park in New York – you can. Want to hike some of the great trails of New Zealand – you can. Now companies are taking this a step further by allowing you to do these things with virtual reality technology. This will make you feel like you really are in the location of your dreams – even if it is not possible right now.