It’s safe to say that we’re all in that state right now where Instagram still thinks it’s okay to slide in a few pics of those amazing snowy Swiss slopes and we won’t bat an eyelash – when we could travel, these glistening peaks hit a different nerve altogether, since it was actually possible to travel across the globe. But now, we’re all stuck at home and it kills us on the inside to see our dreams so close yet so far! It may seem comforting to think as though all of us are rocking in the same unstable, confusing boat – which, honestly, is true. Sigh, travel-sickness never felt so real. However, you have no reason to worry – because here are 4 ways for you to mentally suntan whilst maintaining that social distancing and staying at home!
1. Explore all you can, right now!
Just because there are movement restrictions outdoors, it doesn’t mean you can’t get from here to Bali in a matter of minutes! Opening up that laptop and browsing from countless virtual tours, Youtube explorations and popular live streams are a way to connect with a new culture and country, or delve into the nostalgic depths of a familiar one. Many websites also offer free e-books that include those about travelling, and visiting new places. These travel guides (or steamy romance novels set in a different country, we’re not judging!) are often vividly descriptive, and may pique your interest for future embarkations later on! It may also be a good idea in general to do some research regarding the places you might prospectively be travelling to, and since we all have a few extra hours on hand currently, there’s no harm in going that last mile. Many travel companies own their own Youtube channels as well, that showcase all their neighborhood happenings. One such quirky channel is TheSmartLocal, as well as their sister establishments, Eatbook and Zula. They operate out of Singapore, and have a creative set of individuals that may brighten your day! Local food, new pop-ups and Singaporean diversity is what they bring, so if you’ve ever been interested in this nation, now would be a great chance to catch up. Of course, this is just one example, and we are sure there are plenty of videos, channels, books and resources out there that cater to the country of your choice, so let’s get movin’ while we still can!
2. Food Extravaganza
Other ways to indulge in the nuances of a faraway land include their indigenous culinary delights! The latest (well, considering quarantine, one of the latest) new food trends that exists is that of the Dalgona coffee, a South Korean concoction that requires only 4 ingredients. But don’t be fooled by its simplicity, because a mini-workout is guaranteed with the amount of whisking you’ll need to do! Needless to say, learning a new recipe or acquiring a new skill is much more achievable in our current situation, and if you’re bored at home then why not? It’s also a great way to get to know the landscape of your next travel destination better, as what grows in their soil and climate ultimately ends up on their plate.
Instead, if getting better at your local cuisine is what you’re aiming at (we’ve all been at that stagnant plateau of Maggi thrice a day, don’t worry) then the internet is recipe galore – there are so many new dishes to try out, three meals a day isn’t enough! Over the ages, many local dishes have seen spin-offs that are plated extravagantly, and have flavours that explode upon consumption. You could go straight for these recipes, or alternatively, pursue your own twist to tradition. It takes a few tries to master that infamous biryani, so get started on your culinary adventure right away!
3. Making Some New Friends
Another amazing way to dive into the diversity that our world has to offer is through actively interacting with other communities. Maybe an online course in a foreign language might excite – for those looking to expand their linguistic capabilities for future use. Or, just as a leisure activity as well! Who knows, maybe one day your job scope might require you to fly all the way to Japan for a few weeks: that Memrise Japanese course you take now might just come in handier than you think!
Alternatively, it might also help you make some new friends from all over the world. Many apps nowadays work this exact angle, and try to connect people from different countries in an effort to engage them in conversation. There are even cross-cultural dating apps, in case you find that your new beau might be better suited to you if he/she were Spanish. Getting in touch with people across the globe might be one of the most effective ways to rid yourself of travel sickness, as this is a real-time cultural exchange that might be akin to talks you might have had on vacation. It is also increasingly difficult to meet new people as you go outside, and considering that socialising is one of the many essential pleasures of man, the next best option would be to connect virtually. It’s like killing two birds with one stone – meeting people with similar interests whom you may not have ever met, and also getting rid of all the quarantine/lockdown boredom!
4. Try Not to Panic.
We understand how the current circumstances must be affecting you. Uncertainty and confusion is everywhere, and with all the fake news that’s rapidly spreading, it’s hard not to believe that you’re going to die in the next few days. But trust us, you’re safe – try to read new updates only from trusted sources like the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDCP. And no, Whatsapp does not count as a reliable source! If you see some sketchy news spreading around, please don’t hesitate to debunk the myths, as it is our duty as responsible citizens to try and make sure as many people are keeping safe and knowledgeable. Remember to follow hygiene guidelines; wash your hands regularly, use that sanitizer, and never go out without a mask! And if you really feel like the atmosphere is mentally taxing, don’t be afraid to speak up about it – you are not overreacting, and there are always people here to talk. There are also many animal shelters that are in dire need of people who can adopt/foster, as they aren’t receiving as much support as they used to – maybe a furry feline could help take your mind off all of the panic, travel stress and the generally depressing air?
As you can see, technology has come a long way since its inception, and we’re here for it. There’s only so many days one can stay cooped up in a house without going insane, and these 4 tips may just be here to help save that day. Travelling all over the world from a single room… We’d have thought it would be harder than this, but now that you know better, what’s really stopping you from putting yourself out there? Let’s go!