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How To Scratch Your Travel Itch While You’re Quarantined At Home

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Living in lock-down isn’t easy, especially if you had big dreams for a vacation this year. Many of us have had our travel plans upended, and chances are, you might have been forced to cancel your holiday too. We hope you got a refund if so, and for your information, here is some travel advice if you need to get your deposits and booking fees back. 

While you’re home, don’t bemoan the fact that you might not be able to travel this summer. It’s important to stay positive during these uncertain times and plan ahead. This will give you something to look forward to, and you might even get to have a better vacation than you were originally going to!

So, here are a few of the things you can do to scratch your travel itch whilst at home.

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Flat Iron Building, New York

#1: Search for the places still taking bookings

A lot of holiday companies are on hold at the moment, and many popular destination resorts have stopped taking bookings. This makes it harder for you to plan ahead.  But there are still those groups who are taking bookings, with the promise of transferable or refundable deposits if things have to change. These fabulous Yarra Valley wine tours by Wine Compass are but one example, and there are bound to be more, so be diligent with your research online.

#2: Create a travel-inspired mood board

You need only look at Pinterest to find out how to make a travel mood board, so check out the link and take inspiration for yourself. Collate images, videos, and links from popular travel sites online, and piece them all together to help you plan your next travel adventure. You might even make more than one, with a mood board for different countries, as you will then have more to choose from when you’re finally able to make your travel dreams a reality. 

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

#3: Take the opportunity to learn a language

Should you find yourself with lots of free time on your hands, now is a good a time as any to pick up a few new skills. And when it comes to travel, you should definitely scrub up on your language skills. Look for courses online or download language apps on your phone, and make the effort to learn the lingo of the countries you are interested in visiting. You will then be in a better position to communicate when you do get to go away, and the locals of the towns and cities you visit won’t consider you to be yet another lazy tourist!

#4: Seek inspiration from Netflix

If there’s one thing quarantine has afforded us, it is the opportunity to finally get through our Netflix watchlists! So, when you have finished binge-watching your favourite shows on the streaming site, settle down with those travel movies that will give you inspiration for where to go next. From the heart of Morocco in the movie Babel to the South of France with the comedy Murder Mystery, you are bound to see one destination or another that excites your wanderlust. 

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Nice, Cote d’Azur, South of France

#5: Read books to inspire wanderlust

And just like watching movies, reading books can help you to scratch that travel itch.  It can open your mind to an entirely different way of life and inspire you to visit different places around the world to enjoy the experiences yourself.  If you are wondering what books to get started with, check out 10 Brilliant Books to Read During Coronavirus Quarantine.

Those were just a few ideas, so we hope they were useful to you. While you won’t be travelling very far just yet, these activities might just about scratch your travel itch while you’re biding your time at home.

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