- Cry– Let’s start right there? Let’s all have an ugly weep about not being able to get out and see the world in ways we have in the past. It’s ok to have a good sook! We are truly sad!
2. Read a Travel Book-Some of the best journeys we can take are in our own minds. Emily Dickinson said, “To travel far, there is not better ship than a book.” Read a novel set in a place that you have dreamed of visiting. I am just finishing reading “Death on the Nile” by Agatha Christie. It has inspired a serious case of wanderlust. What is your fave “travel” book?
3. Be Grateful- Say a prayer, write a poem, draw a picture. What locations are you most grateful for experiencing? Now is a great time to connect with past travel companions or hosts. Let these people know how much they mean to you.
4. Get out and see your area-Some of the often-overlooked destinations may be in your own back yard. Luci and I have ventured to locations near our home in Boise, Idaho. There is so much to see and do that don’t require a passport. Where safe, take a day trip and see something new in your area.
We took a recent drive to some waterfalls that we had been driving by for 30+ years! They were flat out amazing! We are embarrassed that we never took the short drive to see them! For those of you in southwest Idaho, go check out Malad Gorge! They are stunning falls!
5. Journaling-The Fighting Couple are avid journalists. We love recording our experiences, our victories and defeats. The blog itself was born from a desire to share ideas and tips to our friends around the globe. Now is a great time to take up the journaling. For those of you that have been in the practices, go back and read of past adventures.
Journaling is time travel. Reading a passage, you wrote years ago will bring back the tastes, the smells, the joys you felt visiting that faraway place. We promise you many of your perspectives will bring a smile to your face. It can be as simple as recording the mundane tasks you completed today, all the way up to documenting the many emotions you are facing being quarantined.
We highly recommend the beautiful Journals of Oberon Designs. We have used their journals for almost 20 years!
6. Organize your pictures– We chose this one so we would feel guilty! We have so much work to do to get all of our pictures sorted. How are you doing on getting your pictures in one place? Have you ever done a Shutterfly book, featuring one of your trips?
7. Set goals-Where do you want to go next? What would you do there and why? How would you get there? What budget would you need? We have an epic trip in mind for 2022. We are starting now on the building the plan. Now is a great time to do the research. Now is a great time to connect with others that have been and can share their perspective.
8. Share your stories- This is a big one. Find a way to share what you have seen with others. One of our favorite things is hosting “trip reports” after we return from one of our adventures. We invite a bunch of friends for food, conversation and a few pictures of our trip. It is a great chance share what you have learned. Your travel might inspire someone to get out and see the world. Times have changed, now we do these get togethers via Zoom.
Sharing your travels can also shape young minds. Don’t miss opportunities to share your adventures with youth or school groups. When I was a child, I had an Aunt Maurine that had traveled the world. They had spent a month traveling in India. Hearing her share her harrowing tales inspired my own wanderlust.
9. Learn a Language-Where do you want to go next? How about investing a few hours a week to learn that local language? There are so many tools online and on your phone that can make your home a language learning academy.
10. Save your Pennies- Now is a great time to get your finances in order. Save a few dollars ever month for your dream trip to Kathmandu. Pay off some of the student loans. Get yourself on a budget. Staying at home more gives you more control over your food and entertainment budgets. Netflix and chill is affordable!
These are a just a few things that we are doing to keep us occupied till our next flight (soon we hope!) We are thinking of you our readers. We miss sharing new places with you. Don’t worry, in time we will all be back out there! Stay safe!