Staying at home and following the given directions is the right thing to do during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Nevertheless, it’s hard, and it comes with a lot of ups and downs, anxiety and frustration. And it could truly become a nightmare if you’re used to travel a lot, if you never find yourself without the next plane already booked.
Be resilient. Be positive. Be proactive in every way you can. Here are 8 things to redirect your wanderlust while you are stuck at home:
1 – MAKE LISTS
Making lists will help you visualize what you want to achieve in terms of goals, experiences, once in a life time adventures or simply your daily routine.
The idea is that if you “see” your goal, you are more likely to achieve it. In this moment of struggle, you need more than ever to visualize what you want to do next, in order to feel closer to it.
So, make your lists!
- Friends you’re gonna get together with for your first weekend away;
- Cities, countries, nature wonders, architectural masterpieces, museums that you always wanted to see;
- New sport to try, or a new hobby, a dance class, a sommelier course;
- Restaurants and new cuisines;
- Wellness and new beauty treatments;
2 – ORGANIZE YOUR TRAVEL PHOTOS
Thanks to smartphone and clouds, it’s very likely to come back home after a weekend at the beach with a thousand of beautiful photos, sometimes even too similar one another.
We love having them, but we always postpone a proper organisation. Well, now it’s the right time to do it, and just looking at them will calm down a bit your wanderlust. Here’s the first things to do:
- Delete duplicates or similar ones;
- Create a selection to print (you’ll be happy to have them around!)
- Organise folders by location, by event and by year;
- Finally, create a proper back up on iCloud, Dropbox or Google Photos;
- Create folders to share with friends and family;
- If you have hard copies, make albums or scrapbooks;
3 – VIRTUAL TOURS
Nothing beats the reality of course, but we can do so much better than binging the best of what Netflix has to offer.
You can virtually visit the best museums around the world, exhibitions, themed parks, even natural parks.
Here some great example:
- The Vatican Museum: The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Raphael’s Room, are just some of the sites you can see on the Vatican’s virtual tour.
- British Museum, London: The Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies are just a couple of things that you’re able to see on a virtual tour of the museum.
- NASA: Both Virginia’s Langley Research Center and Ohio’s Glenn Research Center offer online tours for free. Also, you can try some “augmented reality experiences” via The Space Center Houston’s app.
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Golden Age of Dutch art is highlighted in this museum which includes the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt.
- Getty Museum: Los Angeles’s premiere gallery has two virtual tours, including “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry,” which is a closer look at food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
- MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): New York’s extensive collection is available for view online.
- On top of virtual hikes through 31 national parks, Google Earth also offers virtual treks through Mt. Fuji in Japan, the Khumbu valleys at the base of Mt. Everest in Nepal, Gombe National Park in Tanzania and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
- Explore street art on walls around the world through the Google Art Project on Street Art. Marvel at the finest graffiti on city streets around the world and from past art festivals.
- Virtual dive and online aquarium: incredible experience provided by the National Marine Sanctuaries.
4 – ONLINE SHOP FOR TRAVEL EQUIPMENT
Another way to feel closer to your next trip is to buy online all you might need for it.
Here’s some example:
- Suitcase and beauty case;
- Eye and facial masks;
- Power banks;
- Foldable tripod;
5 – TRY INTERNATIONAL RECIPES
You can’t eat paella in Spain or sushi in Japan, but recreating your holiday-inspired dishes at home might be easier than you think.
It will help you escaping the rut, playing with your creativity and have a good laugh if some dish won’t turn out as expected. Here’s some example of what you can try:
- Greek salad;
- Italian lasagna or pizza;
- Thai or Indian curry;
- American chocolate chip cookies;
- Spanish tortilla;
- Mexican tacos;
- French fondue;
- Homemade bread;
The bottom line is: you need to build your resilience.
We are all facing a stressful situation, but we need to know how to adapt and emerge even stronger than before. This can be done step by step, starting with visualisation and a constructive attitude.