It’s a tough time for travelers at the moment. With social distancing measures, travel bans, and lockdowns in place all over the world, it will be a while before people can enjoy their vacations without worry. Although vaccines are being rolled out and the future is looking brighter, international travel might not be an option for a few months. Tourism, aviation, hospitality, and the passenger transportation industry are all suffering from the pandemic, and as soon as everyone can travel safely again, the world will be a better place.
If you’re a frequent traveler, you are no doubt climbing up the walls at home, desperate to escape to some tropical island or mountain wilderness. You’re not built for being stuck indoors, occupying yourself with mind-numbing TV shows and baking banana bread.
It will all be over eventually, but in the meantime, there are some ways you can still get your adventure fix. To help you out, here are three ways to feed your travel bug during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Plan a trip
Sometimes planning an adventure is just as exciting as the trip itself. You get to sit down with a steaming mug of coffee, poring over maps and plotting routes. Is there a trip you’ve always wanted to go on, or a great long-distance hike you’ve dreamed of for years? Use your extra free time to start bringing that dream closer. Study maps, read guidebooks, watch videos and even start learning the local language. It will help you to pass the time and allow your adventurous spirit to run free. Even though you can’t go on your adventure just yet, planning it now means that as soon as lockdown is over you’ll be packed and ready to go.
Read adventure books
Books have a special power to transport us to faraway places. Reading accounts of historical expeditions and modern-day adventurers exploring unknown wildernesses can make you feel the same mix of excitement, terror, and pleasure that you’d get from being there yourself. Spend your lockdown reading some of the classics of adventure literature. If you prefer a real-life account, try The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Gerrard, or Into Thin Air by John Krakauer. If exciting adventure fiction is more your thing, try The Call of the Wild by Jack London, or the Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien.
Have local adventures
The world is an enormous place, and you’ll never even get close to seeing it all in your lifetime. You don’t need to travel halfway around the world to have new experiences and see new places. You can have adventures in your own backyard. Get a new perspective on your local area by exploring unfamiliar streets, footpaths, and trails. Get yourself lost deliberately and try to find your way back home. Adventure is always out there, as long as you know where to look.
Just so you know the USVI is open to tourist and I am back here taking guests around St John and they are loving it. It gets you out to see somewhere plus there is warm weather, clear water, great snorkeling, and beaches. Drop me a line if you want to come on down or check out the calendar.
Although nothing is a substitute for a real adventure, these three tips will help you feed the travel bug until the lockdowns are lifted.