As we wait out the COVID-19 pandemic at home, we’re keeping our spirits up by dreaming about future travels. And the more we’ve thought about it, the more we’ve realized that there’s plenty to do now at home to make the trips we have yet to take better, and to focus our energy on something hopeful and positive. Here’s how’s to plan ahead to better days and better trips.
Read Inspiring Books about a Destination: When you can’t take a real trip, a journey through a good book can be the second-best thing. My recommendations for you.
- Palace of Walk- Naguib Mahfouz
- The Elephant Whisperer – Lawrence Antony
- Born Free – Joy Adamson
- Out of Africa – Karen Blixen
Make Virtual Visits to a Destination: No, it’s not the same as visiting in person, but hundreds of museums, aquariums, zoos, and other tourist attractions are offering virtual tours, live streams, and other ways for travelers to “visit” online. I discovered a few sites Offering Virtual Tours and Live Streams for Travelers Stuck at Home.
https://bit.ly/2QKloun Asilia Safari Virtual Tour
https://bit.ly/2Jenkr2 Porini Safari Camps Virtual Tour
https://bit.ly/2QKxSlM Florida Beach Virtual Virtua Tour
https://bit.ly/2JcbjSN Animal House Virtual Tour
Fill in the Holes of Your Travel Wardrobe: In travel as in home repair, having the right tool for the job is everything. Does this sound familiar? It’s time to pack, and you realize you’re missing a cover-up and comfortable sandals for your Diani beach vacation, or hiking gear for a Nanyuki adventure. Instead of waiting until the last minute to panic-purchase items that will come in handy again and again, go through the types of trips you’re drawn to, assess your supplies, and fill in holes as you find them. Then congratulate yourself on making the most of your non-travel time.
Pre-Pack Regularly Used Items: There’s nothing like getting ready to pack for a trip and being able to mentally high-five your past self for having the foresight to have already cleaned and restocked your toiletries bag. That way all that’s left for you to do is check it over, add in any additional items, and throw it in your bag. Experience the same joy by reserving a drawer or a box in a closet in which you keep pre-sorted baggies of travel essentials like adapters, travel pillows, passport holders, and travel-size toothpaste.
Check That All Your Documents Are Up to Date: Have you been waiting for a convenient moment to consider your passport for renewal? Now might be the perfect time, given that most of us are putting off international travel for the next few months. Routine processing of passport renewals may be delayed right now, according to the Mutahi Kagwe – Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health, so you’ll want to prepare your document sooner rather than later to get yourself into the queue.
Update Your Inspiration Bucket List: Bucket list, must-do list, five-year travel plan—whatever you call it, this is a good time to dust off the old inspiration list and find some new destinations to dream about. Maybe try slotting in Destination Diani in for an opportunity to explore Chale Island and Shimoni slave caves.
Build Your Perfect Travel Health Kit: You’re more likely to get sick after a flight than you are under normal circumstances, and after the COVID-19 pandemic we’ll all be a little more cautious about protecting ourselves from germs in flight and on the road. Consider putting together a grab-and-go health kit that you can keep ready to go before every trip, filled with items such as disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and airplane seat covers, as well as a few common over-the-counter medications in case you fall ill.
Get Inspired by a YouTube Channel: One way to combat stir-craziness, distraction and inspiration is to follow your adored travel personalities YouTube channel for a bit of both. While you’re there, be sure to like, comment, and subscribe. Support them.
Save Money Toward a Future Trip: While you can’t go out, take the money you’d be spending on Ubers and fancy brunches and put it into a savings fund for a future trip. Also, take some time to set a budget for yourself.
Get in Shape for Future Adventure Trips: Is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or taking a cycling vacation on your bucket list? You’ll need to get in shape. There are plenty of free streaming workouts you can do at home. In most locations you can still get outside for a walk, jog, or bike ride (as long as you stay at least six feet apart from other people), giving you a good workout as well as some much-needed fresh air.