Right now, we find ourselves in a situation around the world that is incredibly strange, we have never experienced anything like this. We all are facing different hurdles and issues to overcome, learning to adapt to a new way of life.
There are so many aspects of day to day life that have changed, it is a worrying time and it’s been a challenge for us all adjusting to working from home, going out just once a day, not seeing our loved ones, we have been thrown into a new lifestyle and have had to adapt overnight.
Not being able to travel is one of the struggles that I am facing. It may sound nominal and not important, but I know there are so many of you that will be feeling the same as me, and I want to talk about it! Being an adventurer that can’t go on an adventure is having more of an effect on me than I imagined it would. Our freedom to travel and the fact that we are lucky enough to be able to do so regularly is certainly something I do not take for granted and this has now put that into perspective more than ever.
Travelling is a huge part of who I am, I spent the year backpacking in 2015 and in 2017 I lived in India for 6 months. Now I try and “holiday” or take weekend breaks as much as I can around my hectic marketing career. I managed to squeeze in a few trips at the start of this year and feel very lucky to have done so as I fear that it could now be it for 2020 (fingers crossed it’s not!)
I was due to return to India at the start of April, visiting Our Home Community Orphanage and it was going to be the first time visiting them for my partner. I was heartbroken when we had to cancel, I have been every year for the last 6 it is like going home to my family. The children have been looking forward to it too, it is a big disappointment all round and I am already looking at when I may be able to re-book. Have you had trips cancelled too? How has it made you feel? I am trying to think positively and if that if I was able to travel, it now would have been over so at least I still have it to look forward to and thankfully the children are all safe and sound.
You know that feeling when you’ve been in all day on a Sunday, itchy feet and almost a dread for Monday morning. Not being able to travel feels like that. I don’t like routine; I like my life being a little bit chaotic and lots in the diary to look forward to whereas now life is like ground hog day. I have a longing to travel, it is like a physical pain, the desire to explore, feel alive and free.
Although this sounds like a negative post, it’s not, it’s making me realise how lucky and fortunate I am to be able to travel. I also think we are giving the environment a well-deserved rest, and this could be the purpose of it all. I love hearing about the fish in the canals of Venice, the wild elephants on the roads in Thailand, the mountain goats from Wales coming into the villages, the seals at Southend on Sea and even waking up to the sound of owls in the morning and going to sleep listening to woodpeckers in the evening! I think our beautiful world needed this break.
To turn what is a negative situation into a positive I have listed a few things below which are helping me:
- I’m using this time to cherish every trip I’ve ever been on, imagine if we were never able to travel again? I’d be proud with what I’ve seen so far in my 28 years.
- The hours are merging into days and days becoming weekends and it all seems like a surreal blur. I am finding myself thinking about past trips and daydreaming of upcoming ones. Not a waste of time in my book!
- I’ve booked some trips (on a flexible basis) towards the end of the year. I think having something to look forward to really helps.
- Appreciate where we live, I am noticing now more than ever how beautiful my surroundings are. I am running daily and looking around, something I would never normally do, and being 30 minutes from London, shouldn’t be taken for granted. When this is all over, I will certainly be exploring more of the UK.
- Use the time to sort your travelling photos! If you’re anything like me I have thousands upon thousands, this is a great time to sort them, maybe even get them printed and into photo albums, and you’ll also enjoy reminiscing about your past trips.
- Plan with your loved ones, let’s look to the future, this isn’t going to last forever, so let’s make the most of being home and living at a slower pace of life, because soon enough we will be back to “normal.”
I feel very passionate about looking after our world, and I really hope that when things eventually get back to normal, whatever that is, we remember the good that has come out of this negative time, and we use it to change our old ways. The air is cleaner, people in Hong Kong can see the beautiful blue skies, that has got to be good, right?
When you travel it changes you as a person, my life and my outlook on life is completely different and even more so with the situation we are in.
When will we be able to travel again? Who knows but I am ready for it! I’d love to hear from you guys too, if you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? Are you finding not being able to travel difficult? What are you doing to keep that travel bug at bay?