It’s been a tough year for travellers and the transformation to ‘the new normal’ isn’t going to happen in a hurry. Although many keen vagabonders will be focusing on domestic jaunts this year, lots of us will still be dreaming about adventures in far-flung lands.
We don’t have too many problems when it comes to maintaining our motivation for travel. However, an injection of inspiration doesn’t hurt every now and again. There are an abundance of ways we keep the travel flame stoked in these unprecedented times. Here, we’d like to share some of them.
Looking at old photographs and reading journals from past trips
It’s always good to remind yourself of past adventures. Not only does it motivate you for future travels, but it can be quite fulfilling to remind yourself of all the great trips you have taken in the past. We love to read through our old journals and it’s surprising how much we wouldn’t have remembered had it not been for recording our adventures.
Watch travel & adventure movies and documentaries
We have watched a wealth of travel-orientated films and documentaries recently. From ‘Into the Wild’ (for the tenth time!) to a TV series about epic trails around the world, we have found it a great way to keep the travel juices flowing. We have already added about ten new hiking trails to the list which we hadn’t been aware of before!
Check out travel blogs for an endless source of inspiration
There are so many excellent travel blogs out there, that it would be amiss not to delve into the best of them. Whether you are into road trips, luxury travel or hardcore adventuring, there is something for everyone. It’s so inspiring to read about people who are out there in the world doing things that we aspire to be doing. In our case we are particularly inspired by van-lifers as one of our dreams is to own a camper van one day!
Transport yourself to the African deserts or the Himalayan Mountains
There’s nothing like being totally absorbed by a good book. We devour travel literature and many of our adventures have been sparked by books. Alastair Humphreys, Jonny Bealby, Sam Manicom, Laurie Gough and Elspeth Beard are just a few of our favourite authors. Books can transport you to another world and provide a form of escapism which has been much needed recently.
Take your pick of virtual experiences around the planet
Virtual travel has really taken off since COVD-19 emerged. You can virtually visit practically anywhere in the world, whether its national parks or museums. It’s possible to go on safari, thrill in a white-water river experience or ride a roller coaster. Ok, it’s not quite the same as being there in person, but it can be fun, fascinating and inspiring at a time when our own travels are limited.
Enjoy getting to know the country you live in
Of course, we may not be able to venture abroad right now, but many of us haven’t explored very much of our own backyards. The current situation could be an opportunity to see more of our native land than we ever have before. Although we have travelled all over the world, embarrassingly neither of us have ever been north of Blackpool in the UK!
We have been in lockdown in Eastbourne on the south coast of England since March. Already, we have a coastal walk of Norfolk planned for later in the summer and who knows where else we may venture to?