Social distancing measures have been activated across the globe as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and it’s put an end to thousands of summer holidays. The summer holiday is the time we allow ourselves to look forward to all year - it’s the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. So to have that ripped away from us is incredibly hard to take, particularly for the travel bugs amongst us.
Now that lockdown restrictions in the UK have been eased somewhat and we’re allowed out to exercise more than once a day, things might not seem quite as bleak as they once did. However, we are still many months away from being able to explore the world, let alone the rest of our country, with so many industries still under lockdown.
So, rather than run yourself ragged doing 15 mile runs every day and ‘completing Netflix,’ why not instead try to satisfy your thirst for travel another way? Here are three such travelling from home ideas.
From travel podcasts and books to TV shows and even video games and Netflix documentaries, there are hundreds of potential ways to entertain yourself at home with the idea of travel. Simply search YouTube for travel documentaries and you’ll be inundated with hundreds of potential shows to help you feel like you’re travelling a hundred miles from the comfort of your own sofa.
Another way to satisfy your hunger for travel is to start planning for the trips you’re going to take once lockdown lifts. Of course, it’s probably going to be a good few months before we’re allowed to explore the globe with the same freedom we once enjoyed, so maybe start by planning a domestic journey by train. Even simply travelling within London from Gordon Hill to Moorgate, for example, if a journey that we might have once taken for granted that we can now plan and look forward to in the future.
Whilst it once carried a rather significant cost of entry barrier, virtual reality is now remarkably easy and affordable to get into. There are perfectly respectable devices costing little more than a round of drinks at the pub that can allow you to experience the world through virtual eyes. Everything from games and museum visits to virtual visits to some of the world’s most famous locations. VR is truly the most exciting way to scratch your travelling itch whilst in lockdown.