23 May 2020
Posted by Mikaela
Are you looking for travel related activities for your wanderlust? In this article, we’ll talk about ways to keep your wanderlust alive.
We’re on the 67th day of our lock down in the Philippines and we only heard of news regarding the pandemic. The rapid spread of the virus affects millions of people and industries, especially the travel and tourism sector. While our government is putting a lot of hope in our travel and tourism industry, the uncertainty to resume operations is unpredictable and some local and international travelers are becoming reluctant. With this, many of us are having a hard time keeping our wanderlust alive.
After over 2 months of isolation, there’s been an unfamiliar term that circulates—the new normal. Social distancing, self- quarantine, and lockdown are the definition of it, and we have no choice but to accept.
For people who normally go out and about, this is heartbreaking. Especially to those who are not used to staying home all day. The sacrifice that you’re doing is saving lives and helping your country to flatten the curve. Although, the itch to travel is there, and some are not that confident like the last time. Don’t worry, there are a bunch of travel-related activities you can do at home to fuel your wanderlust.
Travel Related Activities
Watch travel documentaries
I’m sure you heard about Netflix as many people spend their time on it and chilling all day. One way to fuel your wanderlust is to binge-watch docuseries about food, culture, traveling, and architecture.
Here are my top picks:
- Street food
- Expedition Happiness
- Dark Tourist
- The World’s extraordinary homes
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Ugly Delicious
Plan your next trip
If you have lots of spare time, use it to plan your next grand adventure. Research and planning take a long time and now is your chance to blueprint your next trip. Other countries are slowly opening their borders as they successfully fight against the virus. Looking at the positive note, we could travel soon (with extreme precautions, of course). Take your laptop, coffee, and travel journal and start writing.
Discover more travel vlogs on YouTube
Part of our planning process is watching vlogs from YouTube. This helps us gather more information based on the experiences of people who document their trips. And because of the pandemic, there are plenty of travel vloggers that you can add to your favorite list. Help them grow their channel by subscribing and note their travel tips for your future trips.
Learn a new language
Give your brain a good workout by learning a new language. Studies have proven that it helps lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s, and increase brain productivity, focus, and intelligence. Besides, being a bi-lingual or multi-lingual traveler is very favorable because not every country can speak the English language. Also, it brings you an in-depth experience when you can interact with locals with their language.
Try virtual tours
We’re living in the 21st century where technology has advanced rapidly that it seems like it can do everything we want online. When the pandemic started, it astonished me that many museums and national parks offered virtual tours for free. Now, you can explore the Yosemite National Park (among many others) even when you’re laying in bed and having a cup of joe. Here are some museums and national park that have virtual tours:
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
- Pergamon Museum, Berlin
- Katmai National Park and Reserve
- Crater Lake National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- The Grand Canyon
- Redwood National and State Park
Note: there are plenty of museums and national parks aside from this list
Learn to cook international cuisines
Another travel-related activity is to eat international cuisines by learning how to cook your favorite Asian, Mediterranean, Mexican, or European at home. All you need to do is buy the ingredients, search recipes on Google, or sign up for culinary master class. This is my favorite activity besides blogging about my travels. After experimenting and taking beauty shots of the food, upload it to your Instagram story, and share your recipe with your friends.
Take part in online platforms
During the travel ban, many people are joining Facebook groups and Reddit forums to meet like-minded people online. There are lots of spaces to engage with other nomads and they’re very creative to conduct online activities such as hosting an online escape room, video projects, and collaborations.
Make new friends
Even though we need to distance ourselves from crowded places and lessen our interactions with other people outside our homes, it’s great to practice social connectedness by making friends online and not limiting our circle just with our friends and family. We’re all feeling down and we can help each other by talking to one another. Ask about their city and their adventures. This will inspire you and keep your passion for traveling burning.
Update your bucket list
Get a pen and paper and start listing down your additional set of bucket lists. We know that traveling will never be the same—at least for now and the rest of 2020, but this shouldn’t stop our goals in life. Think of the things you want to achieve after the pandemic. Be bold and ambitious! No one can stop your desire to travel.
Catch up with your favorite blogs
We all miss booking flights, riding an airplane and discovering unique countries at the moment. To lessen this longingness, you can catch up with your favorite blogs right now. If you don’t have one, this is a good start to read one.
Travel and tourism are gravely affected by our current situation resulting in many people losing their job. This includes the livelihood of your favorite travel bloggers out there. You can cheer them up by reading through their pages and commenting on their posts. You can engage with them through their social platforms as well and establish a connection.
While this is a hard time for veteran bloggers, many aspiring travel bloggers are trying their best (just like me) to share their stories. If you’re willing to support them on their new journey, read their blogs, and follow their stories to help them grow. Maybe by the time we could travel again, they could achieve their dreams and cover more stories soon. And your help made that happen!
How do you ‘travel’ at home? Let me know in the comment section below!
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I’m enhancing my knowledge learning this language I want to master (I’m using Duolingo) so that when I re-visit that country I’ll try to talk to the locals, which is on my bucket list (to meet and talk with the locals and maybe be their friend hehe). I also wish, someday you could share your cooking skills with us 😉
that’s good, Elle! After one trip, I was interested in learning language with the same reason as yours. Besides, maybe I could write about travel food (if I can) 😅 so you have to stay posted!
Loved this! I really want to go to Greece and have been trying to learn some of the language first. A bit hard in my opinion!
learning a new language takes a lot of work, but totally worth it! I’ve been trying to learn at the moment and it gets tough at times.
Love this list, I’ve been cooking a lot of different types of cuisine since lockdown started (my husband is really happy about that) and trying to plan our next trip. Thanks for sharing!!
you’re welcome and thank you as well! Hope we can exchange recipes to cover more cuisines!
I loved Dark Tourist! I really hope there is a second season. Also was debating learning a second language but im just too lazy!
There’s something in dark tourist the makes me want to watch more too! Also, I’ve been hesitating before I convinced myself to start learning a new language too. It really requires commitment.
I really like the style of the blog. Great tips for the current times. Hope real travel will be possible soon:)
thank you, Sonia!
I have spent my time further planning my all girls trip to Turks and Caicos! I stopped planning it last year do to some family drama but now with a little bit more time on my hand I’m going to work on that. I actually love the idea of travel blogs and YouTube channels. I’m going to look into both of those.
thank you, Vee! There are many vloggers and bloggers out there waiting to be heard! 😊
What a great, fun post! So many interesting ideas to keep the travel bug alive and well 😉
thank you, Jenny!
Oh my, I am planning the most epic trip of my life right now. I have all the time to plan out every detail. Can’t wait!
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