What a few weeks it’s been, and let’s face it, it’s probably going to be months rather than weeks before the world will start traveling again. Although my mission may be to encourage people to travel more, right now like every other blogger I’m advising everyone to stay home and safe! But what to do during self-isolation when we are all staying home and minimizing contact with the outside world? Well, I have a few ideas for you of some things to do when you can’t travel!
5 Things to do when you can’t travel
Learn a language
Since I’ve been self-isolating one thing that has really added structure to my day and given me something to look forward to in learning Spanish online. I was actually halfway through an in-person language course in Medellin, Colombia. When the school had to close and they took the classes online.
Logging in and getting to talk to my Spanish teacher for 2 hours a day has been a fantastic way of continuing my education while passing some time and allowing me some human to human contact without any risk.
So if you have been thinking of learning Spanish what better time than right now? To book Spanish classes with Toucan Experiences click here. If you want to learn a different language then have a look for a school in the country whose language you want to speak and see if they are offering online classes.
You can learn the language and find out about that country which will prepare you for when you are finally able to travel there. Plus you will be supporting the teachers in those schools who right now have to students to teach because of the global lockdown.
Develop a new skill
Maybe you always wanted to learn to code a website? Or brush up on your illustration, photography, or design skills? Skillshare is a great online learning platform with thousands of courses you can access. But the best part is that you can get 2 weeks membership to Skillshare absolutely FREE. Just click this link to sign up.
If you want to learn something more specific Udemy is another great platform and they have very cheap courses you can take. I’ve personally done Copywriting, restorative yoga, and even a google ads course on Udemy.
If you are a blogger or thinking of using this downtime to start blogging I have a resource page you can access here and a blog post with all of my favorite blogging courses you can read here.
Get on your mat
If there is one thing you really should think about doing right now it’s some kind of exercise. This isn’t just about the physical body, it’s also about your mental health. What better time than now when so many things seem like they are out of control than to take up yoga and meditation.
Because the yoga community knows how much the world needs yoga right now many platforms are offering free subscriptions for 2-4 weeks. Of course, there is also YouTube which has some great online teachers.
Right now OM Yoga is offering a 14-day free trial click here.
And finally, I highly recommend downloading the headspace app. There is some content you can access for free and they have added a special free section to help you cope with the current situation. I know it’s really helping me get through the day right now.
I think this is one of my favorite things to do during isolation, especially great if you have kids who you are trying to entertain at home. Did you know that you can do a virtual tour of a lot of different museums around the world? Well, you can and what a wonderful thing to do! Here is a list of museums you can take a virtual tour of.
If museums aren’t your thing and you prefer visiting the theatre, which sadly won’t be an option for the foreseeable future, here is a list of some of the musicals, theatre performances, and operas that you can view online here is a list of some of the musicals, theatre performances, and operas that you can view online, absolutely FREE.
Plan your next trip
Just because you can’t travel right now, doesn’t mean that you can’t still dream of traveling or take a virtual vacation. So keep reading blog posts, pinning things for later, and dreaming big! I have 2 books I’m making free on Amazon Kindle you can download plus a whole load of free resources to help you plan your dream trip you can check out here.
Ps, I’m also returning to freelance website development, so if you need some help building a new website hit me up!
Stay home, stay safe, and stay positive guys.
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.