It’s an interesting time right now, a time that will be told over and over again in our history books. The feeling of uncertainty in what the future holds and what the world will look like once this is over. As I write this, I understand that thousands of Americans and people all around the world are losing their jobs, people are worried about their loved ones and their own health.Travel is probably the last thing on anyone’s mind. I hope that what you take from this blog post is to keep trying to find things that keep you inspired and connected to the world and people around you in this trying time. For me, that is travel and sharing ways you can keep connected to that feeling even if we can’t physically travel at the moment.
Here are a couple of the things that I find help me through tough times and keep me connected to the hope and joy of things to come.
Take a Virtual Language Class
This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time but frankly have not made time for it. As we practice social distancing there are many incredible platforms to learn a new language and help pass the time. An app that I have spent some time using is Duolingo. It’s free, easy to use, and interactive. If you feel ok to drop some money at the moment then Rosetta Stone paid on-line version is a great way to get expert lessons. The value of learning a new language is always high, but especially in this time when coming out of this trial we will need to reconnect with each other, and those of us who love travel to reconnect with the larger world.
Level Up Your Cooking Skills and Learn How to Make Different Cuisines
One of the best things about traveling is all the different food! I always get excited to try something new wherever I go, new flavors and the lasting memories of that dish you had years ago that still linger on your tongue. When you go grocery shopping and wander down the different alleys, maybe to visit a new grocery store you might not have paid attention to before in your neighborhood. Taking this idle time to learn to cook that dish that you loved so much from your trip to Thailand or South America is a great way to connect with the world from your own home. The internet is a great resource to look up different recipes or find cooking classes online.
Map Out Your Next Trip
It’s ok to think about the future at the moment, and I would argue it is imperative that we dream about a better time to come while we do what is needed now to keep ourselves and others safe. One of the things I love doing is mapping out my next adventure. You can use Google Earth to peer deep into those unknown spaces on the map that look interesting. You can often times “walk” through different areas and really immerse yourself in a new place. But I do love the old school maps. There is something about holding it in my hand and running my fingers along the roads and trails of a place I want to go. You can start to build an itinerary doing online research and even reach out to some companies or providers about services for the coming year. It is so important to dream about the next adventure you will go on, the next place you will see, and the new people you will connect to.
Read Travel Books And Listen To Some Travel Podcasts
This is a great time to put your phone down and read some books again. Pick up a book from your book shelf or if you have a Kindle or e-reader you can still check out e-books from the library. You can also do a book swap with folks in your neighborhood as well. Just be sure to leave them on doorsteps and clean them off really well before brigning them in the house. Now is a great time to get lost in an adventure. Here are a few of our favorite travel and adventure stories to transport you to a different world.
The Longest Walk by George Meegan: A story of a journey on foot from the southern tip of South America to the north of Alaska over a 7 year period. This is truly an epic adventure ripe with beauty and danger and perseverance of the human spirit.
Endurance by Alfred Lansing: This historical recounting of Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole. This is a harrowing tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: This classic tale tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.
My First Summer In The Sierra by John Muir: There are few books as beautifully written as this classic story of untouched nature and unbridled connection with the Earth. The vivid descriptions will no doubt take you right into the forests and mountains of California.
Into The Wild by John Krakauer: A beautiful, sad, maddening, and inspiring true story of Christopher McCandless and his journey across the United States in search of truth and a deeper understanding of the human condition.
Talk to a Travel Expert
This sounds odd but sometimes just talking to someone who works in the travel industry gives you hope for a time in the future we can travel again. If this is something you feel you need, I highly recommend the Transformational Travel Council. They have experts, education, and inspiration to make your next trip more meaningful and impactful for you and for the world. You can also reach out to us here at Travel Life Adventures. We love talking travel and would be delighted to dream with you about what can happen in the future. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a time to chat.
I hope this blog will inspire you to keep thinking about the future and finding hope in an unsettling time even that has nothing to do with travel. We are all in this together, and together we will find a new way.