We’ve all had a strange and difficult 18 months, and travel-wise certainly, it’s not going to get back to normal for the rest of this year at least. It was never something we could have predicted; that we wouldn’t be able to travel and that we’d be spending all our time at home. If i’d known in December 2019, when I was in Los Angeles, that this was going to be my last trip to the US in a couple of years, I would have doubled the length of my stay. However, I think that we’re now at a stage in this pandemic where we can plan things a little bit more. Not only that, but we might even be able to travel too… hopefully. If you are just itching to travel, now is the time to really think about the options that are open to you…
A Local Staycation
First of all, you might want to think about a trip here in the UK. Could that satisfy your wanderlust for at least a while? You could stay local and get an amazing hotel for the weekend, or you could travel a bit further and stay in a cottage or a week. This is what David and I are doing this month – we are off to the Cotswolds. It’s always nice to see more of your own country and give some money to the UK tourism economy too.
A Green-Light Holiday
If you are thinking of going abroad, then should go to one of the green list countries. Anywhere else is just too irresponsible just for a vacation. If you want to take the risk in booking a holiday to a green list country and trust that a travel ban won’t be put in place again, make sure you have a think about what travel will involve first – wearing a mask on the flight etc. Is it worth it right now, or would it be safer and more enjoyable to just delay it for a while longer?
Help Around The World
If you are keen to see far-off places and give something back to the world, you could look at what volunteering opportunities there are around the world. At the time of writing this, volunteering is exempt from the UK travel ban. This could be the opportunity you need to satisfy your travel urge, but also to do good at the same time. Maybe you’d like to become a volunteer in Ghana or work on an aid project elsewhere?
Plan Something Bigger
Finally, there’s always the option to just not take any vacations at the moment and save up your leave and your money for something that you really want to do when this is all over and things are back to normal. How about you just plan a future trip instead? David and I will be focussing on the honeymoon and also on where I need to travel to for the book i’m writing. Now is the perfect time to start saving and planning for your dream holiday. As much as it seems like you’re not going to be able to travel as much as you’re used to just yet, you’re so much closer. So just think about the sorts of travel that you’d like to do and try and get some options for booking it.
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