‘Normal’ life as we know it has shifted these days due to the current situation with COVID-19 and the many bans and restrictions in place in the UK and many other countries of the world. We are spending more time than ever at home, and dreaming of those days we travelled freely and explored our own neighbourhoods freely. While the time where we can travel again is far from ideal, if not impossible, there are some things you can do to prepare for your next trip or at least appease your wanderlust in the meantime.
Here are 7 things you can do to prepare for your next trip, when times allow:
1. Plan the itinerary for your next trip
It takes time and effort to make a robust itinerary, and this is the perfect time to do that! Plan out all the places you want to go, experiences you want to have, restaurants you’d like to try, and all the details in between. You can plan it down to the last detail, and follow whatever you want to when you get to go on your trip. You’ll be thankful to have ideas and some familiarity there so you can make the most of your trip at your destination and not spend any time wondering where to go, what to do, and how to make the most of it.
2. Learn a new language
Learning some of the local language now is something you will be immensely grateful for during your trip! Plus, it is a great skill to pick up regardless. Language learning apps like Babbel make it easy to learn whenever you have the time and they are perfect for having private lessons is the comfort and safety of your own home. They have so many options to choose from- for example, you could even learn Turkish! This is a great way to get a very good baseline before your upcoming trip.
3. Make photo books of your past trips
While you dream about where you want to go next, why not think about all the wonderful places you have already been to? If you don’t already have one, make photo books of your past trips so you can have fun reminiscing and have something to flip through when you feel that travel bug again during these times at home.
If you travelled with someone on a particularly memorable trip, send them a copy of the book, set up a video call date, and swap stories and memories! You may remember certain experiences or details from your past trips that inspire you for details on your next trip, as well.
4. Experiment with international cuisine and new exotic recipes
From the comfort of your home, you can go on a culinary trip by experimenting with international cuisine and new exotic recipes. Make a night of it, picking a destination, a local dish, playing some local music, and getting in the travel spirit. I recently served some Pommes Tapées, an apple delicacy from Anjou – delish!
5. Watch travel movies
Go on a visual travel adventure through film. Pick a destination and find movies that were filmed there and represent the local culture, or find movies that are centred around traveling, such as Eat, Pray, Love.
6. Travel virtually
These days, many people are spending a lot of time on technology with work-from-home set ups. But a major benefit of this digital age is that there are many places that you can ‘travel to’ virtually. If there are places that interest you or you are deciding between places for your next trip, travel to them virtually and get a feel of what you will experience in person. This could help make a decision of where you’d like to travel to next.
7. Discover/explore a place close to home
Sometimes, a major part of the beauty of traveling is the discovery aspect of it. So while we are spending more time at home than ever before, this is the time to discover and explore a place close to home. Pick somewhere new and make the most of where you live. Who knows, you could end up finding a new favourite.
While we may not be able to travel like we want to right now, there is always a bright side! For example, this is the perfect time to save up for a big trip and take the time to plan out an itinerary for the trip of a lifetime.