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Travel from home: tips to get through the corona lockdown

Updated: Mar 26



There is no other way to say this but we need to stay home until further notice to beat this corona crisis. Don't travel, don't go outside if not necessary, just don't.


Please do your part to flatten the curve and halt the spread of coronavirus:


  • Follow your government's protocols

  • Wash your hands

  • It sounds like a no brainer but still: put off all travel

  • Self-isolate if feeling ill

  • Practice social distancing

  • Don't go outside if not necessary


As a travel blogger we always dream of being somewhere first to make that perfect picture and now I can only dream of standing on the Spanish Steps with hundreds of other travellers, of queuing in front of the next hipster lunch bar with other hungry souls, of waiting for hours to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa with other culture lovers. Fellow traveller, I miss you! But for now, let me give you my best tips to travel from home, with your mind.


Oh and I promise you, the day we can travel again I will make pictures of me getting lost in a crowd with all of you! Stay safe...


1) Visit a museum online


Thank you Travel and Leisure for this nice overview. The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico is one of my favorites. Not a museum person? How about the beautiful flowers of Keukenhof The Netherlands?



2) Trek the world with Google Maps


Google maps saves the day! Not quite the same as the real deal but still... Hello beautiful Taj Mahal ♥


Photo by Julian Yu on Unsplash



3) Read a travel book


Every year I go to a book fair and buy myself dozens of travel books. I must admit I still have some unread books, so I guess it's time to tackle these!

Lonely Planet also just released an article with the best new travel books!


Photo by ConvertKit on Unsplash

4) Take out those travel souvenirs


I've got a box of travel souvenirs stacked somewhere in the back of my closet. Now it's time to use them as decoration and to make travel themed dinners (even if you have pasta every day).


Photo by ConvertKit on Unsplash



5) Make a photo album


I still have to make an album of the trip I took to Guatemala and Belize in 2018, I know shame on me! Time to start making that (online) photo album. Look for interesting offers online as some print services are offering discounts.



Nobel-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman: we travel with our minds, not our bodies.

6) Be creative with old travel paperwork


I always keep my entrance tickets and museum guides and then put them in a box somewhere. It's time to get creative and to make a travel collage of all those randomly collected travel documents.


Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash



7) Pin your next travel destinations


We are going to get out of this one day... Start planning your next trip and start pinning now! Online and offline!


Photo by Capturing the human heart. on Unsplash



8) Netflix and travel


There are so many great documentaries on Netflix that are travel related or inspired. Somebody feed Phil takes you to the best culinary places in the world for exemple. On my list amongst others:


Virunga

The Lighthouse of the orcas

Street food

Our Planet

Everest


I also like the travel inspired selection by CNTraveler. Enjoy!


9) Take a travel quiz and keep your travel knowledge up to date


What is the capital of Australia? I always seem to get this one wrong, sorry! It's time to update your travel knowledge with a quiz.


Guess the city by its streetplan (The Guardian)

Click the proper Asia country as soon as its name comes up

Why do you love the World (BBC)

Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel Quiz


Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash



10) Listen to the world


Fado in Portugal, gamelan in Indonesia and Salsa in Cuba. Close your eyes and listen to the world on Spotify and other music streaming options. Spotify is now offering one month of free Premium!


World music

Gamelan

Fado

Salsa Nation


Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash



11) Learn a new language


Did you make a travel wish list of your next destinations on Pinterest? What is the local language? Time to learn a new language or refresh your knowledge! Ola que tal?


Duo Lingo

Babbel


Photo by Hannah Wright on Unsplash



12) Take your photography skills to the next level

I sometimes think that taking pictures inside is sometimes way more difficult than taking photos outside. I am going to experiment with my new Fujifilm camera at home and take pictures of my plants, my travel books, my lockdown food, myself and if he is lucky, my husband. There are numerous online videos and articles to improve your interior and food photography skills.


How to photograph interiors like a pro

10 tips for better food photography


Photo by Igor Miske on Unsplash


Photo by Nikita Bren on Unsplash

13) Make a travel wall

A DIY travel wall, sounds like a plan! Take some old travel pictures or order some photo print outs online to make a fantastic memory wall. You could also integrate inspiring pictures from (old) travel magazines

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash


Photo by Soragrit Wongsa on Unsplash


Got more tips? Please share with other travel friends below.