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 ♥
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!
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).
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.
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!
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:
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.
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!
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?
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.
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
Got more tips? Please share with other travel friends below.