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The whole world is suffering with the pandemic caused by novel coronavirus COVID-19. In a matter of months, the whole world is shut down because of the panic due to this outbreak.
The disease that started from China initially stopped people going from, through and into the country. Later travel restrictions kept extending and now almost every part of the world is not already under restriction for the travelers.
Maybe your recent trip with your family has been canceled or you had to abandon Your summer vacation plans. Maybe you were planning to start that solo travel you have always dreamed of, but it had to be postponed because of the current situation. A trek to the top of the world, the summit of Mount Everest or a peaceful evening walk with your partner in the streets of Paris, these were all remarkable moments you could have had while traveling, which unfortunately has been delayed for a while.
Definitely things will be normal very soon and you’ll be packing your baggage again. Planet will be welcoming, safe and hospitable in every corner very soon. Until then many countries in the world are obliged to implement the travel ban and lockdown, to prevent the coronavirus outbreak from spreading.
So, it might be hard for the travel lovers and enthusiasts to stay inside the home for a long time. We believe, at this moment we might have to cover our mouth and nose but not our soul, our body can be locked down in our homes but not our spirit.
To keep that traveler’s spirit alive, to bolster your traveler instinct, here we provide you some of the best ways to spend your time of isolation and social distance amid this coronavirus pandemic situation.
Recollect your past travel memories
At this time when you are longing to travel abroad, remembering the moments you have enjoyed in your past travels can keep up your vigor of traveling. There are different ways of recollection of such moments.
The moment can be seeing a wild animal for the first time.
Read a diary in which you have noted the memories at the time of travel. It will send back to you to those experiences, new people you have met, different foods you have tasted, the geographical vividness, the smell of the air, the experience of new culture, everything will get back to you and you will be in that moment of remarkable journey you had.
Or, a beautiful travel memory of seeing the peak of a mountain alive.
You can also write about the travel moment as a memoir. Writing can be a great way of recollecting the travel moments. Writing about your travel experience will bring back all those moments of exhaustion, adjustment and fulfillment you experience while you travel.
As the world has gone digital, almost everyone owns either a camera or a smartphone equipped with a camera.
Or, a peaceful moment of looking at the calm lake.
Capturing the travel moment with lenses can be one of the best ways of recollection of travel memories. Storing your photographs in social media or cloud websites can be a best way to keep your memories available whenever you want to see them.
Or, the remarkable travel moment of bike ride with your friends.
Read Some of the Best Travel Books
This moment of travel ban, lockdown, isolation and social distance is definitely a dark period of world history, but in the bright side it is also providing you the free time you have been looking for. Here we suggest you some of the best travel books you could read in this free time of isolation amid the coronavirus situation:
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Rated 4.1/5 in the goodread and 88% rated by the google users, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail is the one of the bestselling books of Bill Bryson rated 4.5 stars with 5,238 rating in Amazon. The book is an account of Bryson making his hike and journey through some of the most breathtaking terrain in America. The book has also been featured as a movie Directed by Ken Kwapis and starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is bestseller of Brazilian author Paulo Coelho and one of the most popular fiction novel of all time. Rated 3.9/5 in the goodreads and 92% likers in the Google, it is also top selling book in amazon with rating of 4.6. This most popular story about the journey of a shepherd boy will amaze you with the simple and soothing words. You will be delved into depth of the quest of his journey.
The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
Appreciated by the world's community of readers and travel enthusiasts, The Art of Travel is a highly reviewed book by Alain de Botton. Rated 3.8/5 in the goodreads and 4.1 in amazon this book tells you all the how, why and where about the traveling. This book can be an ultimate read for anyone fond of traveling.
The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen
Rated 4.1 in goodreads and 83% liked by the google users. This book by author Matthiessen is a true account of travel and trek through primordial places beneath Himalayan mountains.
The Beach by Alex Garland
One of the highly reviewed and bestselling books of the Garland, The beach is an account of the fictional journey of character Richard on an island of Thailand. It can be a relaxing and mind-boggling read for the traveler lovers.
Enjoy Some of Must-Watch Travel Movies
There are myriads of travel movies out there. In this free time during the isolation, you can enjoy those movies and keep your traveler’s instinct boosted. Here are some of the must watch travel movies:
Into The Wild
Directed by Senn Penn and starring Emile Hirsch and Kristen Stewart, Into the Wild is American biographical adventure drama film giving the account of the journey of Christopher McCandless. It is a feel-good movie for every solo travel lover.
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diary is a tale of Ernesto Che Guevara's ride in motorcycle with his friend from Brazil to Peru. The movie very smoothly depicts the journey of Che Guevara and the perception developed in his mind due to incidents in the journey. This movie can be an ultimate selection for all the travel enthusiasts.
Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight
Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, this trilogy is an incredible blend of journey with the sentiments. The movies in the series are all about the conversation between Jesse and Celine, with the beautiful cities and places in the backdrop. If you want to spend a pleasant self-isolation time then this movie series can be one of your best picks.
A Good Year
Beautifully picturized in very mind soothing locations, a good year is another feel good movie for the travel lovers. Starring the academy award winner Russel Crowe and Marion Cotilard, this movie is simple tale about the complicated life of banker Max Skinner which becomes simpler as he visit his uncle's vineyard in Provence. You can relax in your home holding popcorn and watching this movie in the time of social distance.
The Bucket List
Starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in the leads, The Bucket list is an American comedy-drama movie telling the story of two men deciding to explore life and completing a bucket list of journeys they had wished for. Maybe in this free time imposed by self-isolation and social distancing, it will be a good idea to make your travel list while enjoying this movie.
Stay Prepared For Next Trip By Being Fit with Exercise
Every pandemic lasts only for a few months, this Coronavirus COVID-19 is going to be the same. As China has recovered after 3 months long devastation, rest of the world will also recover in very near future. So, you have to stay prepared physically for your next trip. It is advisable to stay fit with your regular workout routines. Definitely you cannot reach for the gym and health club in the time of self-isolation, but you can follow your exercise routine inside your home.
Keep the Physical Distance but Stay Connected with Your Travel Buddies
In the time of self-isolation, company of likeminded people is very crucial. Most of us have travel buddies, with whom we share the similar travel interest and enthusiasm and information about the different places in the world. Chatting with the friends in the digital devices, sharing with the travel information in social networking sites can refresh your mind and keep your travel vigor intact.
Conclusion: Things to do amid the travel restrictions, isolation and lockdown caused by coronavirus COVID-19
This is definitely the dark period of the human history, but the night is darkest just before the dawn. While the whole world is slowing down with travel ban, self-isolation, social distance and lockdowns, nature is speeding up its healing process. Natural heritages are replenishing, the air is purer, oceans are less agitated. After the end of this corona phase, the world is going to be more hospitable and travel friendly. So, keep up your energy intact and stay prepared to embark on your next remarkable trip. For now, stay safe and stay healthy!
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