Do you love to travel but cannot leave the house? Here is a guide to activities for armchair travelers at home.
THE ARMCHAIR GUIDE TO DO AT HOME
We all have times when we have to stay at home when we don’t want to. Illness, finance and a global pandemic right now.
I am a restless person at heart and have difficulty staying reluctant during the flights. I also had long periods of relative isolation at home after surgery and during a high-risk pregnancy. The following works if you are comfortable. It’s a different ball game when you feel sick or have young children. I will approach this separately soon …
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This could be the first thing that comes to mind. How many books have you “always thought of reading”?
If you are on the go, I would strongly recommend supporting your library. They are important hubs for the community and depend on their footprints to finance them. It also saves your wallet and you will likely be inspired to browse and visit.
However, if this is not an option (e.g., if you are in the middle of a global pandemic), your library must be online.
- Make yourself comfortable if you do this much more than usual.
- Reduce eye strain from good lighting, sit down appropriately, and get up every half hour and stretch.
- I have a Kindle Paperwhite (bought during the high risk pregnancy mentioned above) and I love it. It’s not too heavy and a lot easier on the eye than reading from a phone or tablet.
- You can buy books individually or Sign in to Kindle indefinitely. The first month is a free trial that fits your situation perfectly.
READ BLOGS OR OTHER ONLINE MATERIAL
Yes, I have a personal interest in it 😉 If you are here, you are reading a blog. Thanks for that! Traffic is an important part of my livelihood. So when you read blogs, you support freelance or freelance artists, which, as you know, is nice.
But more importantly … We know that the more hours people spend on social media (tweets, Facebook, Instagram), the more likely they are to encounter mental health problems.
Think of social media as sour Haribo sweets with additives, blogs as decent meals, and novels as fine dining in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
They all have their place, but you need a different share each. I have to remember it all the time.
So read wonderful stories about the world. Of course, I would like to recommend our collection of travel stories. Also, check out the following to get better written works from around the world.
EAT (EVEN IF YOU ARE IN)
Depending on where you live, a world full of taste awaits you. If you can’t get out, the obvious way is to see if places deliver. If not, you can also ask someone to get out or book taxi deliveries. If these don’t work, we continue with …
One of the most sensual ways to bring the experience of the world to you, rather than the other way around, is eating. Most of us slip into a routine of what we eat and regularly forget that there is a whole world of food out there. And so much of it is within our reach.
I am far from a master chef, but even I can spice up these traditional Jordanian recipes like Siniyet Kafta and Mouttabal. The recipes even include substitutions if you don’t have everything you need in the corner shop (or online grocery delivery).
TOUR VIRTUAL MUSEUMS
Of course, it’s not as good as the original, but it has some advantages. No queues and no irritating requests to stow your handbag in a cabin.
LISTEN TO WORLD MUSIC
Go beyond the Lion King soundtrack and try music from around the world. Try a different country every day. Or take a shortcut and dive into it Compilations of music around the world.
COLLECT TRAVEL FILMS
It is important for your mental health not to spend all your time looking at a screen. But if screens take you around the world and you can include their stories, they use the time well. Just not more than one a day, I would say.
LEARN A LANGUAGE
Nothing breaks a smile faster and builds a deeper connection than showing that you have tried to learn the language while traveling.
And we are so happy that learning from afar is easier than ever.
Fill your home with fragrances
We have five senses. We feel better when we all use. Fragrances can evoke memories of the outside world by curling incense from Japanese temples into the mint and lime of the Caribbean.
- Try a combination of incense sticks and aromatic oils to bring different memories of the world to your room.
- Simple scents made from fresh ingredients can lift and transport your mood. Search pinterest for candle recipes, scents on the stove, and more. Here is an appetizer.
BRUSH YOUR PHOTO CAPABILITIES
Even without a course, you can refresh your photography by practicing. Nothing stimulates creativity like having limits. So see what you can find in your home to make it beautiful. See how the light changes throughout the day.
Find indoor shots you love and try replicating them to test your skills. Practice portraits. Self-portraits. Have you always felt a bit stupid to take selfies? Now exercise your heart.
PLAN YOUR TRAVELING ABILITIES
Did you get into a travel booking? Always book through the same website or never get your Uber and Air BnB accounts set up. Now go through the administrator to be ready when the doors open.
Keep your finances in stock
Regardless of our budget, travel costs money and times of isolation rarely help improve bank balance. Now it’s time to look at long-term investments and scroll through short-term expenses to see what you can do.
RELISH PLANNING TRIPS IN THE FUTURE
Just because you can’t travel now doesn’t mean you can’t plan. Read, enjoy, research, enjoy. Check out guides like the best hikes in the world or the best spas in the world. Do you agree with them
How about the best wildlife experiences in the world? How many did you make What could you plan later?
LISTEN TO AUDIO BOOKS AND PODCASTS
Sometimes reading or watching movies feels a little too restrictive. Enter podcasts and audiobooks so you can take a break from your practice, housework, eyes, whatever.
SORT YOUR TRAVEL CABINET
Hm. Do all of your clothes still fit? Are they still useful? Is the Lycra stretching back?
Have you considered setting up a capsule wardrobe to help with packing and planning? How about clothes for extreme weather or adventure?
DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR EXISTING TRAVEL PHOTOS
In fact, take the time to organize them, pull out those you love, enlarge them, and frame them. Place it on the wall. But no need to stop there.
How about putting them in tote bags, puzzles, mugs or … shocking … just slowing down and enjoying it, just looking at them.
STORE YOUR TRAVEL SOUVENIRS
Hm. If you are something like me, you already have a lot of travel souvenirs. Lying around somewhere. Out of sight, in a box, dusty.
If you can’t travel, use the memories you already have.
ORGANIZE YOUR TRAVEL SYSTEM
The trip will come back. How about all the tasks that you have postponed? I cannot be the only one. Sort these mini toiletries. Repair the broken travel adapter. Collect your loyalty cards and arrange copies of all important travel documents to live in the cloud.
CREATE YOUR MASTER TRAVEL LIST
If you look at the ultimate travel packaging list, you will discover the concept of a main list and a travel packaging drawer.
Now it’s time to get your ship in shape and shine so you’re ready when the doors open again.
MAKE A TRAVEL SHOPPING LIST
Get all of your ducks in a row by researching and replenishing the kit you need. This can get overwhelming until the last minute (or just something you forget). If you use your time now, you can help later (you may also find some great offers.)
Enjoy a lot of time looking for and getting to know the high quality souvenirs that you can buy in one place. I’m not talking about snow globes and neon plastic Eiffel towers (though I don’t judge if that’s your thing.)
I mean, find out how to find the best balsamic vinegar in Italy, the freshest croissants in Paris, or the greenest pumpkin oil in Graz.
EXERCISE FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Think of exercise as your most important task to protect your physical and mental health. But it will be difficult. Remember that every move counts. You don’t have to climb mountains or run marathons.
But how about changing your practice?
Are you taking an online yoga class from India? Learn dance moves from Brazil. The flamenco from Spain. The Tango from Buenos Aires …
RESEARCH COSTS TO SUPPORT
It is a sad but true fact in life that many charities around the world are used for rather shameful purposes. Orphanages in particular can be created to attract tourists and their money with some horrific practices. If you have time, spend your time delving deeply into charities that you wanted to support but weren’t sure.
IMPROVE YOUR WRITING
Would you like to tell stories about the trips you have already been on? You wonder if a career as a travel writer is right for you, but have you postponed serious thinking about it because you were too busy?
ACTIVELY PROTECT YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
Isolation can take a toll. Daily fear can go away. Promise yourself to take care of yourself. That means daily exercise, daily creativity, limiting terrifying news, getting dressed, eating right, bedding and making social contact every day. Create long-term projects that you can look forward to and try to help someone every day. Do you think these are slurred suggestions? Not at all, they come from solid medical advice.
It is a strange and uncertain time at the moment. And isolation is more difficult than it sounds for some reason. But it can be done. We can all get through. There may even be some good times along the way – and we should definitely pay attention to the good times that come back. Change is the only constant. This will also pass.
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