Scratching the Travel Itch while Social Distancing
As many of us are facing several weeks or more of social distancing, I found myself wishing I could get on an airplane and go hide out on an island for several weeks. However, since that is not possible right now, I began thinking about things those of us who crave travel and adventure can do at home to help us get through this time. Of course there are some obvious ideas, like planning and booking future travel. Airfare, cruises, and hotels are offering lower rates for now. I’m not certain how far in advance you can schedule and still get great rates, but it’s certainly worth considering.
Planning and Exploring with Mini Virtual Vacations
If you are not comfortable booking travel at this point, you can engage in virtual travel. National Geographic and Travel and Leisure have some great videos to inspire your wanderlust. You can also share memories and stories of your previous vacations and travel adventures. Some of ours include a trip to Las Vegas and a fun cruise to the Caribbean. It’s a good time to share your travel experiences on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other Social Media channels. Connect with others, learn about their travel adventures, and make new friends. If there is a particular area of the world you would like to see, you can also search for their tourist industry websites for the most up to date information. Some of those local sites also have webcams of their more popular tourist spots.
Preparing for Future Adventures
Those of you who have a more adventurous streak, like me, can take advantage of online options as well. The DownDog yoga app is offering several of their workouts for free at least until the beginning of April. If you have been considering getting certified for diving, you can do the book portion of the certification program completely on line. Check out the PADI website for more information. You can also research and book various opportunities to try new opportunities once it is safe to travel or engage locally.
Plan for Local Fun
Speaking of local opportunities, there are probably things you have not tried in your own back yard. This is a great time to research and plan. Many places also have gift certificates you can purchase on-line for future use. That not only gives you something to look forward to, but also might be a real blessing to a smaller business. Depending on where you live, check out water activities like kayaking, SUP, tubing, or rafting. Or find a place to give horseback riding or rock-climbing a try. Many local parks are open, which means you can go hiking now. Whatever activity you have been dreaming of trying is out there somewhere.
Explore Fabulous Flavors from Around the World
Let’s not forget food and drink. Assuming you can get the necessary ingredients, you can transport yourself to a different place by trying a recipe that would be common in you destination of choice. Or look for restaurants that specialize in those cuisines and buy yourself a gift certificate to use later. To me, a rum drink always brings on the great beachy vibe. Our friends over at Spruce Eats recently posted a fantastic list of 20 rum drinks you can learn to make.
Above all, take care of yourselves, wash your hands, and be kind to others. We will see you out and about soon!