It's a difficult time to be a traveller. Though safely at home during the Coronavirus lockdown, the pangs to hit the road and roam free do not subside easily. Almost the nomads of the modern era, travellers are fuelled by the desire to visit a new place, see the sunset from another view point, experiment with food in a different continent and experience new horizons. They live and breathe the discovery of fresh destinations. The COVID-19 lockdown has affected them a great deal. If you're a die-hard traveller through and through, you'll know this all too well. The restlessness at being cooped up at home for too long, the frustration at your summer holiday plans being cancelled and dissatisfaction from wanderlust laying unfulfilled are very real.
You can't visit any new places, physically at least. But no one said anything about mentally, right? Here's what you can do to keep that zest within you burning even when you cannot physically travel right now.
You've definitely got hard disks worth of photos from your trips across the world safely stored on your camera and phone. Use editing apps and a printer to print physical copies of your favourite photos. Add them to your home decor with fairy lights, in an album or in photo frames to take a nostalgia trip every time you see them.
Did you learn about sculpture when you visited Rome? Maybe you learned how to bake bread in your native village? Travel always teaches us something by way of an interest or skill. Jog your memory to remember what it is and with the time you have on hand, use it to brush up or perfect it.
You can still travel with your imagination when you watch TV shows, movies and read books. Movies and shows based in different parts of the world will be a welcome addition based in another land. Books too can have a similar effect and take your mind on a trip even though you're only in between pages.
Foreign foods are the highlight of every vacation spent abroad. Whether it's pastrami sandwiches from the US, chilly crab from Singapore, schnitzel from Germany or Rome's pizzas, taking inspiration from your travel diet and bringing it into your kitchen can be joyous and reminiscent of your trips.
Love for travel doesn't always have to be physical. Learning about different cultures from around the world, the rituals they follow, the food they eat and malls they visit are available over the internet though documentaries and travel blogs so why not make a head start there?
Post your travel pictures and memories on social media to relive them while other travel fiends can feel at home with your pictures too.
You may not know when your next trip is but it's never to soon to start planning your itinerary, don't you think?