How long it has been since lockdown began? Eight, nine, or ten weeks in the UK? Blimey. That’s enough time to go bonkers, right? It is a difficult time for all of the travel bloggers who spend their lives planning trips, researching and travelling from city to city. It’s even harder for long-distance relationships, ex-pats living thousands of miles from their families, people living alone… I’m hoping that with the current lockdown ease and kids going back to school, things will return to normal soon. Fingers crossed. So, if you are stuck inside dreaming of all those destinations you were meant to visit, here are my ideas on how to scratch that travel itch without travelling.
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Read Travel Books and Magazines
If you love reading and want to get inspired by travel books, there is no better way to scratch that travel itch without travelling than sitting in the comfort of your living room and diving into travel wanderlust by reading. I’ve already covered this topic in the previous article, so check it out for some inspiration!
List of travel books:
- The Best Places to be Today
- Have a Happy Weekend – All around Europe
- Where to go when The Americas
- Where to go when The World’s Best Destinations
- The Call of the Wild
- Eat, Pray, Love
- The Lost Girls
- Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
Watch travel movies
From fierce Alaskan wildlife to deep blue oceans; from luxury 5* hotels to backpacking in South Asia; from Michelin restaurants around the world to cheap street foods… Documentaries and TV shows are covering almost every aspect of travelling, So why don’t you snuggle under the blanket and get inspired by Netflix, the BBC or DisneyPlus travel selections? A few of my favourites TV Shows and Travel Documentaries are:
- Ugly Delicious
- Tales by Light
- The Kindness Diaries
- Planet of the Birds
- Top Gear
- Frozen Planet
- Win the Wilderness
- The Americas with Simon Reeve
Learn a Language
If you always wanted to learn another language but never had enough time, well, perhaps now is a perfect time, don’t you think? A great way of learning a new language is to watch foreign movies whilst having subtitles on, as you will naturally pick up on words that are used repeatedly. There are plenty of apps and youtube channels to help as well. Even if you dedicate only 20 minutes a day, you will hear the difference and feel more confident during your next travel journey.
Mobile Apps to help you start learning:
Also, check out Udemy page, there are plenty of language learning courses: https://www.udemy.com/courses/teaching-and-academics/language/
Plan your next trip to scratch that travel itch without travelling
If you are a travel addict, you will be doing this anyway. Plan that perfect first trip after the lockdown; get inspired by other travel bloggers and pictures on Social Media, and discuss with your partner or family where would you all like to go after the travel ban will be lifted. You don’t have to book tickets, you can just research which hotel you’ll stay at, what restaurants you would like to visit and any activities you would like to do. Also, it gives you a rough idea of how much money you will need, so you can start saving.
My best friend and I are meant to fly to Italy on the 9th of July for a few days and we only booked accommodation with a FREE cancellation until the 9th of July. We have also booked another staycation for the same dates just in case our trip gets cancelled, so if it doesn’t work out, we will stay in Devonshire in a beautiful little chalet and explore this part of England.
Create your Ultimate Travel Bucket List
When you look at the bright side of the lockdown, this is the perfect time to upgrade your skills or learn something new. Maybe start a side hustle project, or sort that mess in the garage you kept putting off. This is also the perfect time to update your Ultimate Travel Bucket List and get inspired by other travel bloggers or magazines and add things to your Bucket List. I’ve already started working on my Ultimate Travel Bucket List, what about you?
Listen to Travel Podcasts
Since lockdown, I’ve started listening to Travel Podcasts more. I love my chilled out Sundays working on my blog or other side projects while listening to travel stories in the background. Plus, when I am home alone it is great to hear someone else’s voice. Here is a list of some of my favourite travel podcasts to listen to help you scratch that travel itch without travelling.
- Travel Goals Podcast created by Pip and the City
- Barefoot Backpacker
- The Travel Diaries by Holly Rubenstein
- Zero to Travel Podcast
- The Rough Guide to Everywhere
Read Travel Blogs
It doesn’t matter if you are planning your next destination on your Ultimate Travel Bucket list, or just simply looking for travel inspiration and feeding your yearning soul with travel inspiration. Reading other travel blogs definitely lifts the mood and gets that wandering blood pumping! Not only that, by reading other blogs, you also support other travel bloggers, especially during these difficult times when the travel industry has been affected badly. Here are some of my favourite travel blogs:
- Hand Luggage Only
- Greta’s Travels
- Travel Done Clever
- Nomadic Matt
- The Blonde Abroad
- Pip and the City
- Coco Travels
- These Foreign Roads
Go through pictures and videos from your previous travels
I love going through my old pictures and videos from previous travels. I personally am a very sentimental person, so I love keeping my pictures in photo albums and from time to time relive all those memories. I also keep travel tickets and little souvenirs in a box to remind myself of all the adventures I took. It inspires me to plan my future trips. Another good idea is to create a travel scrapbook. Check out Kirstin’s blog post How to begin your travel journal, she wrote a detailed guide for it!
Travel around the world with virtual tours
Without packing and all the airport hassle, during the lockdown I was able to walk around Machu Pichu and got fascinated by its ancient history; I visited Stonehenge; Antarctica, Faroe Islands and took a few educational tours and visited a few museums too! Thanks to Airpano.com I witnessed the spectacular Northern Lights in Norway.
Cook your favourite meal from the country you visited in the past
Another thing I love about travelling is the food. I love trying new food, from spicy curries to traditional Nasi Goreng dishes or seafood in the Caribbean. I prefer to eat in local restaurants or markets, getting to know the owners and their culture and habits, while enjoying their culinary skills. So, what about bringing that Japenese flavour inside your own home and cook your own Yakitori? Or what about having a Mexican night-in with tacos and margaritas?
Play Travel Board Games or puzzle
Travel the world and learn by playing board games! Discover hidden places and guess countries’ flags! Board games are great for all ages and good fun for the whole family! Unless you are a sore loser (erm). Below are some board games I googled and have good reviews – I’ve only played Discovering Europe and loved it!
- Ticket to Ride: Europe
- Who Knows Where
- Flags around the World Board Game
- Discovering Europe
- Mapominoes Europe
So, travelling without travelling can be done, plus it saves getting jet lag after sitting on the plane for over nine hours, right? I know it is not the same, but stay positive and keep on dreaming, I am sure we will be allowed to travel again soon!
Until next time,
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