I’m here to tell you that just because you can’t travel, it doesn’t mean that you have to stop adventuring or expanding your horizons.
Whether you’re reading this while the entire world is in quarantine, or at a later date and you can’t travel, here’s 10 ways to keep yourself adventuring!
These activities are mindful alternatives to watching TV, the news and consuming social media. Life right now is all about creating balance. These simple activities can help you to escape from the craziness for a little while.
1. Read a Book or Listen to an Audiobook
Oh the places you can go through the pages of a good book! You can travel to many lands of real and fantasy and explore new ideas from the comfort of your own home. If you prefer audiobooks, check with your local library. Many libraries have apps where you can check out audiobooks and listen for free with your library card!
2. Go for a Walk or Ride a Bike
If you are able to do this in your area, with extra time on your hands, you can really explore your neighborhood. There might even be cool places and views just waiting to be discovered. The fresh air will make you feel refreshed.
3. Any Outdoor Activity that You Love
I picked fishing! As long as you’re outside and away from others, just get some fresh air and enjoy nature.
4. Plan Your Next Vacation
Research and create a solid plan for your next destination. Figure out how you’re going to get there, what you’re going to do there, and how much it will cost. Write it down or make a spreadsheet. Calculate out how much money you will need to save. Dream up the ways you will save it. Don’t forget to write down the reasons you chose the destination so you can stay inspired. Then plan another one!
5. Create a Vision Board
From the crafty girl in me who brought you the Opening Day outfit… Create a Vision Board! Use pictures and words to create a board to hang on your wall that represent your goals and dreams. Focus not only on what you want, but why you want these things.
Don’t forget to include pictures of your dream destinations! It doesn’t have to be pretty, perfect, or complete. You can always add to it.
6. Take-Out around the World
In my area, restaurants are open for take-out only. If you can afford it, order take-out cuisine from a different culture every night! Pretend you are visiting that country (kids will love this) and experiencing their culture through food. Try to support locally and family owned restaurants in your area, they could use the support and the taste is more likely to be authentic.
7. Try to Cook Food from a Different Culture
Grocery stores are open and there are tons of recipes online. Research the food from one of your dream destinations and try your hand at a recipe!
8. Try a New Exercise
Gyms are closed but YouTube is your friend right now. You can learn a new style of dance, do a hardcore workout, or finally give yoga a try! (you won’t regret it)
If you do want to try yoga for the first time, I recommend you visit Yoga with Adriene or Brett Larkin Yoga Youtube channels and choose a beginner video. (These two are in my living room on the daily right now!)
9. Explore Your Artistic/Creative Side
Do you love to paint? Sing? Photoshop? Write? Is there a guitar in your house somewhere collecting dust?
Fore those of us who have not made careers out of our creative hobbies, they can easily fall at the waist side. With all of our daily distractions, we can forget how much joy these activities once brought into our lives. Now is a good time to revisit them. Maybe you will decide to pick up blogging again like me! 😉
If you don’t have a longstanding artistic hobby, just try something you find interesting, you might fall in love!
10. Start Learning a New Language
¡Hola! Estoy aprendiendo español. (Hello! I am learning Spanish.)
Learning another language can be very inspirational for your travel plans. It also makes your brain work in a cool, different way. It is not easy, but you have to start somewhere!
Downloading a language learning app like Duolingo is a great place to start if you want to learn a new language. (p.s. you don’t have to use the app, duolingo.com is great if you prefer to learn on the computer!)
Take care and enjoy your adventures!
Folks, thanks for reading. Please stay well. My compassion goes out to all of you whose health or loved ones have been affected by COVID-19.
This pandemic has had a huge impact on all of our lives. Since nobody knows how long this will continue, it is very easy to slip into negativity. Just remember that we are all in this together!
If you are in search of inspiration, try reading my recent blog post, A Fresh Perspective on COVID-19. In it, I highlight some recent perspective shifts in my own life directly related to the changes we’re experiencing from the Coronavirus.
Also, I strongly encourage you to share the above list of activities with any children in your life! I hope you find joy participating in these activities alone or with loved ones.