A Guide to Surviving Lockdown for the Travel-Obsessed

A guide to surviving lockdown for the travel-obsessed

Well, I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a bit of a jerk! Due to COVID-19, all your travel plans for the foreseeable future have probably gone to hell (and unfortunately, I don’t mean the one in the Cayman Islands). If you’re obsessed with travel (and lucky enough to not have more serious concerns during this time), here’s a guide to surviving your own 'itchy feet' during the lockdown. Below are some tips on how you can turn your involuntary staycation into an exotic adventure, just by doing a lot of the things you would do if you were travelling now anyway.


Even though you're in lockdown: 

- You can still explore architectural marvels 

You just have to create them first. Like this one:

Adult builds fort from couch cushions

Who says childless adults can’t build epic living room forts? 

Adult coworking living room fort

It doubles as a coworking space (with your imaginary friends. Don’t invite real people to work in your coworking fort!)


- You can still go in search of wildlife

You never know what exotic creatures you may discover in your own backyard. Like this scary specimen:

Terrifying garden spider


We named her 'Vivian'.
(I don't think this picture does her size justice. I’m afraid for our neighbour’s cat.)

And then there's this scary specimen: 

Scary neighbour - lockdown wildlife safari

Who doesn't like to take smoke breaks in their underwear?


- You can still sample authentic local delicacies:

Like the signature cultural dish of Coronaville: Banana bread

Banana bread - Local cuisine of Coronaville

Photo by Airin Party from Pexels

 

- You can still enjoy a (not-so luxury) spa

Take yourself to the self-love spa, and enjoy a tennis ball back massage courtesy of the closest wall.

Sheet mask and tennis ball - Lockdown survival spa


- You can still explore museums (virtually) 

Here are some good ones: 

Pro tip: If you make someone stand directly in front of the screen, so their head is blocking your view of the art, it will feel more authentic! 

The Mona Lisa at the virtual Louvre:

Virtual museum tour vs. actual museum tour

Photo by Alina Grubnyak on Unsplash



The Mona Lisa at the actual Louvre:

Virtual museum tour vs actual museum tour: Mona Lisa


You can also finally get that shot of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel that you weren’t allowed to take during your actual visit. 

Selfie with the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel


- You can still immerse yourself in other cultures  

Watching foreign films or series is a great way to do this. And, if you’re not from the US, that’s most of what’s on Netflix.



- For adventure travellers, you can still get an adrenaline rush.

You can do this by going for a walk without a mask or just by standing on your pavement for a few minutes after curfew has ended.  From what I've heard, the amount that you may have to pay on a fine if you get caught, may make you pee in your pants!

(Not photographed)

- And finally, you can still practice your travel Instagram poses for when you are able to travel again:
 
Travel in 2019 vs 2020

Instagram travel pose: Heart hands
Classic heart hands

Instagram travel pose: Balcony

Instagram travel pose: Balcony
Just admiring the view of the driveway. Beautiful.

Pre-lockdown Instagram yoga pose

Instagram travel yoga pose practice
#nailedit

Instagram travel pose: peace hands

Instagram travel pose corona practice
More exhilarating views!

And, the ever-enduring Butt-stagram:

Instagram travel butt pose pre-lockdown

Instagram travel butt pose during lockdown

Yup, that pose just doesn't have the same effect in unicorn fleece pyjamas. Weird.


If you have any other tips, share them in the comment section below:

Comments

  1. Ha ha that's such a cool post I loved reading it..I have been trying diffrent diffr at home 🙈

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  2. Oh I love the idea of practising Insta poses in your living room (swiftly adds to To Do list). We're travelling vicariously through Netflix, and the BBC's Race Across the World is a serious wanderlustable show.

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  3. haha love this! Humour is the best way to deal with things out of our control!

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  4. hahaha this article was very different from what I expected! Thanks for giving me a good laugh!

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  5. Loved your fort, LOL! Who says lockdown is all bad? After all, you have have a closeup view of the Mona Lisa! Well written and thougout.

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