As we face the realities of COVID-19, it’s easy to feel a little lost. And the idea of travel may seem so far away. But that’s why we’re here, to help get you the information you need so you can dream now and travel later. As travelers ourselves, we’re looking forward to dusting off our passports and striking out again. But until that day, we’re spending our energy preparing ourselves for that future amazing trip.
Here are some tips on how to prep for future travel from home:
Tip 1: Empower positive thinking
This will end. You won’t be stuck at home forever. So use some of your energy to plan for the future – and think about your ultimate vacation. Relaxing on sunny shores? Striking out on your own to a new city? A non-stop culinary quest? Lay all your dreams out there and see what sticks.
Tip 2: Learn a language
Use the time you have now to enrich yourself in preparation for that future vacation. Apps that offer free ways to learn a new language can help. Got kids? Find videos like this one that help them learn key phrases with song.
Tip 3: Refresh your skills
Tip 4: Prep your budget
For those whose livelihoods have been deeply affected by the pandemic, we understand the real-life anxieties that come with uncertainty. If you’re able, now’s a good time to use free apps that allow you to track monthly bills and spending, so you can determine for yourself the best way to save for the future.
Tip 5: Watch prices
While we’re not sure what the world will look like in the near future, we are sure that there is a future where you confidently step on a plane to a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting. Whatever that destination may be, set a Price Alert (here’s how) to track prices for that far-away, but hopefully not too far off trip.
Tip 6: Explore through sound
Some of our favorite podcasts take us to new and exciting places, while we’re doing everyday tasks (like folding clothes or brushing the cat). Top of our list are: Travel with Rick Steves (for expert insights and advice), the Skift Podcast (for industry friends) and Parklandia (for the national parks enthusiast in all of us).
Tip 7: Escape into imaginary worlds
Many libraries include a Hoopla subscription, which lets you download audiobooks, ebooks, movies and more using your library card. Or, if you’re able, support local bookstores by ordering from Bookshop – an online bookselling service powered by local, independent bookstores – perhaps by purchasing a travel guide for that future trip?
Because we’re travelers, we know that in these unprecedented times, it’s easy to focus on all the things we wish we were doing. But, also as travelers, we know how important it is to seize every opportunity to experience the world, even if it’s from the comfort of our homes, so when the time comes to travel again, we’re ready for it.