5 ways you can prepare for your post-lockdown holiday

Holiday Planning (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Holiday Planning (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

The lockdown put a halt on many people’s travel plans for the year. With our borders closed and the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc across the globe, it will be a while before anyone can travel again.

But you can still prepare for your trip, even if it ends up taking place much later than you anticipated.

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To fully experience being somewhere else, you have to commit. If it’s going to be your first time visiting a certain destination, do extensive research. If you’ve been there before, it should be easier to relive the moment.


Change your state of mind

Take a break from watching the news or keeping it on in the background. Tell yourself you’re taking a break and that whatever is happening outside is beyond your control. It’s all about your approach; forget about the fact that your trip got cancelled and focus on the fact that you’re healthy and have some time off.


Go through some travel guides

Many of us have random books on our bookshelves or ones we use to balance things on. Look through those and see if you can find travel books/guides. If there are none, then hit the web. Forbes has a list of some of the best travel websites for planning your next holiday destination.


Get to know the music

Every country is known for its unique sound. Search for the traditional music the country is known for first before listening to their artists. Traditional music will give you more of a culture shock than a hip-hop artist rapping in a different language. The World Music Network is a perfect guide to music from all over the world and the dances that are usually associated with it.


Cook new dishes

Groceries are an essential service. Therefore, adding new ingredients to your shopping list is the easiest thing you can do on this list. Look for recipes the country is well-known for, for example, crêpes in France or nasi goreng in Indonesia. The music from your country of choice will heighten your experience while cooking its food.


Have a spa day

For many, lockdown means you have extra time to relax and what better way to do this than to create your own spa at home. There are always new recipes for face masks on the internet, try one of them. If you have children, now would be the perfect time for one of them to give you a massage while your face mask sets. Once your massage is finished, relax some more.

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Tell your family all about your armchair travels or select pictures to share on social media. The television shouldn’t be your next option once your indoor adventure is over. Reflect on the experience and think about planning your next trip once the lockdown is lifted.

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