Hi everyone, it’s Lauren from Wool of the King and I’m so excited to be writing for Sophia’s blog. Lately, I have been thinking so much about travelling even though I’m writing this from the UK in a national lockdown. One of my favourite things to do is to explore new places and to travel to different countries and explore my own country as well. Even though I, like many other people across the world, can’t travel at the moment, I have been reminiscing about old trips away and trying to look forward to new ones – whenever that may be. I love having things to look forward to, and if you’re like me you will be wanting to read all about how to keep the travel bug alive.
With all the bad news and negativity in the world, it can be hard to think positively and to look forward to things, but if you can try your hardest to be positive you will really find this time beneficial.
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Lockdown gives us time to reflect
With the Covid-19 restrictions and not being able to do a lot of things we love, it can be really negative and can put us in a bad mood. However, it’s up to you to choose what you do with the time that you have. You could use the time to reflect and plan. For example, while we’ve been in national lockdown in the UK, I have been thinking more about where I’d like to travel to when things are back to normal and I wrote a travel bucket list.
List places you’d love to go
If you’re like me and you can’t stop thinking about travel, I would encourage you to list some places you’d love to go and maybe make a travel bucket list too. That way, you can have something to look forward to and to have something to be excited for. At times I’ve felt like this pandemic is never going to end and I’ve just not even thought about anything to look forward to because I thought there was no point. We all have days like that but I really think you have to try hard to stay positive in order to get through it.
When I list places I’d love to go, I like to look at how much flights and hotels would realistically cost me. When looking for flights I usually use sites such as Skyscanner.net.
If I’m stuck for places to go, which is a lot of the time because I just want to go everywhere, I will use an app called Lucky Trip. All you have to do is set your total travel budget, and Lucky Trip will do the rest of the work for you, finding you flights and hotels. Even if you can’t book the trip there and then, it will give you an idea of the pricing of some trips and you can add these places to your travel list. There are so many places that I thought would be more expensive to travel to but they are actually quite reasonable.
Reminisce old holidays
I’ve recently been looking through pictures and videos of my favourite trips away and it’s made me feel really grateful for the adventures I’ve bad before Covid-19. Sometimes I feel like I get so caught up in the pandemic that I forget about all the lovely things I’d done beforehand and I find it really comforting to remember what life can be like with a bit more freedom. For some people, remembering things we used to be able to do can be a bit sad though as we can’t do it right now but it just depends how you look at it.
You could even create a travel scrapbook with pictures that you already have to help you appreciate the trips you have already been on.
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Watch travel shows
While not being able to travel, one of my favourite things to do to keep the travel bug alive is to watch TV shows about travel. That way, I can live vicariously through whoever is in the programme and see fabulous locations without even leaving my room. Some of my favourite travel shows include Dark Tourist, Somebody Feed Phil and Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father to name a few.
Read travel blogs
I love reading and writing travel blogs. Writing them makes me remember all the highlights from some of my favourite trips, and reading them helps me to get an insider’s perspective on a place. You might not know you really want to go somewhere until you read a great blog post on it. Also, through reading travel blogs, you can find out the non-touristy things you can do somewhere and remember these.
I often watch travel videos on TikTok at the moment, and I am always finding amazing places that I want to go. These are usually videos of secret places and underrated restaurants in London, so I am saving these videos for the next time I go to London.
And there we have five ways to keep the travel bug alive when you can’t travel. I don’t know about you but the fact I can’t travel at the moment is really making me want to travel more when it’s safe again. Even writing this has made me want to plan somewhere to go. After this, I am going to be reading some travel blogs on the best places to go after the pandemic.
Where do you want to go when you can?
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