Today’s post was written by Carson, a part-time travel blogger and full-time travel lover who was living abroad in Spain and currently works in public relations in the Big Apple. She loves sharing tales of her trips on her travel blog. When she’s not planning her next trip, Carson loves cooking (and eating) and is always down for a workout. She’s also a very helpful volunteer for the NYC chapter of The Nomadic Network!
Planes are grounded. Hostels are empty. Restaurants are closed. Trips have been postponed (or cancelled). Streets are quiet. No matter where you live, the world is functioning a little (or maybe a lot) differently than it once was. But for many, the travel bug is just biting harder than ever. Whether you’re feeling nostalgic for past trips or antsy for your next, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the moment and have an adventure right from your own home.
Here are tips for exploring and discovering without ever going near an airport.
Sometimes the fondest memories of a trip come from the scrumptious bites enjoyed with friends or strangers, or maybe even alone. One taste, or sometimes just the sight of a delicacy you enjoyed while traveling, can take you right back to that moment. Whether you’re master of the street food scene or only dine at five-star restaurants, chances are you’ve had some mouth-watering meals on your trips.
Take yourself back to those moments by cooking up a few of your favorite recipes from abroad. Try your hand at making tortilla española from Spain or appeltaart from the Netherlands. Master adobo from the Philippines or Venezuelan empanadas. Try a different international meal each week, or travel around the world in a day with a tasting of your favorite foreign foods.
Make a Memory (Book)
Take a trip down memory lane by digging up the pictures and videos hidden in the depths of your phone, computer, or camera. Whether it was a trip from last year or last decade, relive your favorite moments (and maybe delete those blurry images that are still in the mix).
Take it a step further by using an online platform to create a photobook. Or go old-school by printing the pictures, pasting them into a scrapbook, and writing down a few details about each snapshot. Pull your pics into a movie-making program, like iMovie, set it to your favorite tune, and let the good times roll. You can also call the people who traveled with you and ask them to gather their top ten photos from the trip. Share these photos over a video call, and swap stories to see what your family and friends remember.
Talk the Talk
Knowing even a few basic words or phrases of a language can endear you to locals and maybe even help you make a few friends along the way. With an extensive network of online resources and some additional free time, now is a good opportunity to dust off those language skills. Dedicate a period each day to practice, and that doesn’t necessarily mean staring at a textbook (though that’s not a bad idea).
Put on your favorite Netflix show dubbed in the language you want to learn and get used to the sounds and phrasing of the language. Pop on your headphones and check out the country’s “Top 50” on Spotify to hear what locals listen to. Pull out the sticky notes and start labeling your house with the vocabulary you want to learn. Look in the espejo every morning while you brush your teeth and see what words you remember.
Find Your People
Sometimes the best part of traveling is meeting people who share your love of exploring and seeing the world. Even though we can’t get out right now to meet these like-minded friends at hostels or meetups, you can still connect with people around the world and share your love of adventure.
The Nomadic Network is hosting loads of free webinars for community members, discussing everything from tips for telling your travel story to what travel might look like after quarantine. Sign up for a webinar here to learn something new and connect with fellow travelers. This is a great way to travel during quarantine!
Connect with Someone from Your Travel Past
Besides making new friends, now is a great time to reconnect with someone you may have lost touch with since life took you in different directions. Take a moment to reach out to a friend you met during your travels. Send a quick text or email to set up a call with them and reminisce over times you were adventuring together. Get their address to send them a postcard or handwritten letter.
Escape with a Good Book or Movie
Go traveling without leaving the comfort of your favorite chair. Check out a book, TV show, or movie set in a country you love or one that you hope to visit. Watch original shows or movies from the country of interest dubbed in English, or find books written by local authors. You’ll get swept up in the thought of a lovely new place (or favorite old one) while learning more about the country from a local perspective.
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One of the best things about travel is discovering new things. It can be easy, however, to get caught up in what lies halfway across the world, yet we don’t even know our own backyard. If you have the ability to (safely) leave your house during this time, explore your own neighborhood. (Remember to follow proper guidelines on social distancing.)
Take a walk, but go in a new direction. Drive down different streets than you’re used to taking. Do some research on the historical or architectural aspects of your neighborhood, and play tour guide for your friends over a video call. Explain what you’ve learned while showing them the interesting houses, your favorite trail, or the cool street art you might have overlooked before. Ask your buddies to do the same. It’s all about mindset here — find the adventure in the everyday.
Carson is a part-time travel blogger and full-time travel lover who was living abroad in Spain and currently works in public relations in the Big Apple. She loves sharing tales of her trips on her travel blog. When she’s not planning her next trip, Carson loves cooking (and eating) and is always down for a workout. She’s also a very helpful volunteer for the NYC chapter of The Nomadic Network!
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