Let’s face it, there’s no substitute for travel. For the true nomad, nothing can compare to the excitement of heading out on a new adventure, ready to discover what the world has to offer.
But lockdowns and travel restrictions caused by the pandemic have left countless would-be tourists, sightseers and explorers stuck at home. If you, like so many others, are close to climbing the walls out of boredom, check out these three great ways to tame your wanderlust and prepare for your next adventure – whenever that may be!
1. Learn a language
A second language is one of the most useful talents a traveller can have. It is a practical skill that helps you find your way around, build rapport with the locals, form new friendships and expand your mind.
If you’re looking for a productive way to spend your time at home, this is it. But learning a language can be an intimidating task, and if you’re an absolute beginner, it’s worth investing in a tutor to kickstart your study.
Teachers To Your Home offer online one-to-one tuition for all ages, including adults, and have tutors proficient in a number of languages, including Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese (three of the most widely spoken in the world).
2. Get creative
Creative hobbies offer a whole host of unique benefits – not only are they proven to benefit your mental wellbeing, but they engage your brain and break up the monotony of the usual Netflix marathons.
Artistic pastimes are also a great way to express your love of travel, and can be an outlet for your adventurous nature even whilst stuck at home!
Why not try your hand at writing a travel blog, sharing your favourite experiences and top travel tips with the world? People love to read about others’ adventures abroad, as they offer a more personal insight than traditional tourist sites.
If you’re not much of a wordsmith, you could chronicle your travels through visual means instead – pick up sketching or painting, or hone your photography skills to perfect your holiday snap game. After all, art is a great way to collect and share your travels.
And if you have an existing collection of photos from previous adventures, why not compile a scrapbook of your most treasured memories?
3. Make a bucket list
Ever dreamt of seeing the Big Apple? Maybe you’ve always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon, or desperately wished you could experience a European road trip. Whatever your travel goals are, collect them in a bucket list to guide your future plans.
If you need some inspiration when putting together your list, take a look online – various travel blogs have some great suggestions for potential bucket list entries. Or check out one of the many fantastic travel shows on Netflix for a sneak preview of a few dream destinations.
We hope these three tips help to manage your wanderlust until we’re able to travel freely once again.
4. Make a travel vision board
A travel vision board is a collage of all of the places that you would like to visit in the coming years. A travel vision board can be either physical or digital.
To create a physical vision board you will need a printer, printer paper, a cork board, and some post-it notes. To create a digital vision board you won’t need anything other than a Pinterest account and your imagination!
Whichever vision board you choose to create it’s important to think about the 4 W’s and a H.
- Where will you go?
- When will you go?
- Who will you go with?
- Why will you be going to that destination?
- How will you get there?
By going this extra mile you will be better prepared in the future, and it will make your plans seem more tangible.
Revisit your vision board throughout the day if it’s on a wall in your home or every few days if it’s on Pinterest. Don’t forget to update your vision board with new images, videos, and cut outs. Inspiration can be found everywhere.
5. Watch travel vlogs
Watching YouTube videos can be an incredibly fun way to pass the time. But if you desperately miss the feeling of landing in a new country, then watching travel vlogs can be the next best thing! A travel vlog is a travel video blog. Thousands of YouTube content creators make these vlogs every day as they explore destinations across the globe.
Each travel is extremely detailed and provides a first person account of the content creators’ experience on their way to a new destination, and their experience once they arrive. As some of these travel vlogs can be up to an hour long, you will certainly be able to satisfy your desire to explore somewhere new.