At this time of year, many of you in the northern hemisphere might be contemplating summer trips and vacations. Unfortunately, the events of 2020 have thrown everyone’s plans into disarray. Most countries have restricted travel and freedom of movement, and no one can say when things will return to normal.
Experts around the world are learning more about the novel coronavirus as it continues to spread, but the future is far from certain. As of May 2020, the U.S. Department of State is warning all Americans against international travel.
Down under in New Zealand our government is encouraging kiwis to travel locally to boost the economy they successfully shattered with their misguided covid-19 response.
Leaving politics aside the good news is that you can still have a great vacation from the safety of your home. You’ll need to use your creativity and imagination, but that’s part of the fun!
Here are a few ideas:
You don’t have to go far to enjoy a change of scenery. If the weather is fine, why not set up a tent and sleeping bag in your backyard? Bring a picnic or have a cookout and soak up the sun.
If you like to be pampered on vacation, give yourself some spa treatments at home. Clean your bathroom, light a few candles, and put on some relaxing music. Give yourself a facemask, a pedicure, and have a soothing bubble bath.
If you live with a partner, take it turns to serve each other coffee or breakfast in bed. Order takeout if you don’t feel like cooking dinner.
Many museums, aquariums, zoos, and sites of special historical interest are currently closed to the public, but you can still take a virtual tour online. For example, The Louvre is offering online tours of its exhibits. If you’d prefer to see some wildlife, check out San Diego Zoo’s live cams.
You’re on vacation, which means you have permission to be a little crazy. If you want to eat cake for breakfast or stay up past your usual bedtime to have a movie night, do it.
For some people, one of the best parts of going on vacation is trying new activities. Thanks to the internet, you can find tutorials for almost any activity or hobby you can think of. Set aside a couple of hours every day of your vacation and expand your horizons.
Depending on where you live, you may be facing restrictive laws on where you can go and for how long you can be outside your home. But most of us are still allowed to take local walks. If you can get out, try to walk somewhere new. Perhaps there’s a local landmark or trail you’ve never checked out. Now is the perfect time to take a fresh look at your surroundings.
It’s sensible to keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 news, but reading and watching the news can be emotionally draining. Limit yourself to one quick scan of the headlines per day while you’re on vacation—and consider sticking to this rule even when you return to your everyday life.
Will you be taking a home vacation this year? Leave a comment below and tell us what you plan to do!
I gratefully accept all opportunities to try new things and make great memories.