Hey everyone, hope you are all safe and well.
At the time of writing there is still so much uncertainty in the world. Travel, understandably, feels like a distant memory so I thought I would create a post about ways we can all get some of those travel memories back. As I have been spending a lot of time indoors, I have included indoor and outdoor ideas for making the most of summer in 2020.
Whether you miss backpacking, taking photos or trying out local cuisines, I feel like I have covered various bases in this post. If you guys want to get some inspiration for summer then keep reading.
Missing planning a trip away? Try this instead.
There seems to be nothing more exciting than searching for flight deals, hotels and restaurants when you plan a holiday. However, we cannot deny this is also extremely stressful, right? The whole ‘checking-if-the-hotel-actually-exists’ is not fun, neither is finding out your flight lands at the most awkward time when there is nothing open. The thing is, searching the web for flights and hotels may seem a bit, dare I say, pointless right now? Even more so when you live in a country where there are travel restrictions in place.
This is why I started to create a travel board. You guys will know in my previous post I collected a bunch of photos to get some inspiration for future travels based on the places I have already visited. If you haven’t seen it, I will link it here: Travel Mood Board.
The idea behind it is that you gather tickets, photos, leaflets or information from your travels and place it on a virtual or physical board. This is where you can start to gather or plan for your next trips based on your past experiences. Essentially, you are reminiscing about your travels whilst collecting ideas and insights for the future when it is safe to actually take the first step in booking.
Need to get outdoors? Try this instead.
I am sure the idea of going abroad is what many of us associate with the word ‘holiday’. However, have you ever actually thought about your surroundings and what can be visited where you live?
It goes without saying, every country has different rules regarding being outdoors so do check with your local news sources what movement you are permitted to take. At the time of writing, England is allowed to meet up with family members and small groups of people whilst following social distancing rules.
This announcement has given me the opportunity to travel locally. By that I mean without even leaving the city. During this time I have discovered canals which I didn’t even know existed, seen a huge botanical garden and biked to the lake for a picnic. It made me realize these are activities which I would probably do on holiday.
Covid-19 pushed your holiday budget out the window? Try this.
It is clear many people are facing heightened financial difficulties from losing their job or having extra responsibilities. As a result, holiday plans may be a little harder to make a reality. That budget you once had for your holiday may have already been used to buy groceries or other essentials, which is completely understandable.
One way to gather up a few extra funds is by looking around your house. I know it sounds strange but hear me out on this one. One day when I was bored out of my mind I decided to re-arrange my wardrobe for what felt like the 5th time that week. It was then I started to realize I should sell things I did not wear or need. I was de-cluttering whilst also adding to my travel funds. I also did this with old textbooks from the good old uni days which I sold back to bookshops. I was very surprised from the items I sold, I managed to make just under £180. Of course, this depends on what you sell but to think this total could cover the cost of a weekend away is certainly a sweet feeling.
Another option is to participate in surveys from your home, where you can get points for 30 minutes or less of your time. Once the points build up, you can trade them for gift vouchers. Despite vouchers not holding the same flexibility as cash, you can still use them to buy holiday goods. There are many survey sites out there so have a browse and see which one is most compatible to your situation.
Craving international street food vibes? Try this instead.
Picture this, I was sat on my sofa scrolling through every food delivery app you could imagine. I would put things in my basket then realize I wanted something else. I probably spent an hour trying to work out what to order…. I just wanted a mix of everything. I am sure we can all relate. The thing is, I wasn’t HUNGRY as such, but more that I just didn’t know what else to do lol.
That is when I had the random idea of creating a few dishes from abroad that I was really craving. Yup…
I am not going to lie, it was definitely a chore browsing the web for recipes then going out to buy ingredients but weirdly, it was an enjoyable one. I had planned to create a few tapas styled dishes so that I could learn new recipes whilst re-creating some of my tried and tested ones. I literally had handfuls of tiny bowls on my table which made me THINK I was eating tapas on a beach somewhere… *Sigh, if only* yet strangely it worked. I think the whole appeal with street food is that you literally mix and match everything and try new things. I felt that just spending a few hours planning and cooking everything KIND OF gave me a similar experience. Hey, I guess I even picked up a few new recipes which I will be incorporating into my lifestyle. Although, I also found out some recipes are best left for the experts…..
Feeling like you are missing culture in your life? Try this.
Time to get creative and take advantage of all the virtual tours and guides placed on the web. For example, Air BnB have a huge range of virtual activities and classes. Another option is to check out local attraction websites to see if any virtual tours are being held. I can’t speak for the whole of the UK but where I live, museums have started to give virtual tours. A lot of the online resources are free or at a discounted rate so definitely do your research to see what interests you the most.
If that all sounds a bit too tech savvy for you, why not use this time to pick up a new language or watch an internationally produced film. Small ways to sink into a cultural bubble all from your sofa.
Need new holiday photos? Give this a go.
I put up a photo on Instagram a few weeks ago and suddenly received so many messages asking where I was as the background looked ‘beautiful’. This made me giggle as I was just down the road taking a picture near a tree. The road is FAR FROM picturesque in reality but a little bit of positioning really worked in my favor because it really did remind me of pictures I would take when exploring a new location.
This is the photo I am talking about:
As you can see, it certainly does NOT look like a run down road in the photo but in reality? Oh boy.
I will link my photo tips post here so that you can read about some of the ways I take photos when travelling in more detail: The simplest and quickest guide to travel photos- for when you are a solo traveler!
If any of you guys have had ‘Holidays without the holiday’ moments then let me know! I would love to hear what you guys have been doing to re-live travel memories.
Keep safe, see you next time!