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7 things to do when you miss travel

By Rachel Parodneck, LMSW

If you’re like most New Yorkers, travel is an essential part of life. Whether it’s regionally, domestically, or internationally, visiting other locales gives us the opportunity to enrich our everyday lives. During this pandemic, travel has unfortunately come to a standstill. What can you do when your sense of wanderlust has got you feeling down?

1. Book refundable plane tickets far in advance: Flights right now are cheap! Find an affordable flight to a city or country you’ve always wanted to visit. Make sure the ticket is refundable and the date is far in advance. (Check out Nextvacay.com or cheapoair.com)

2- Learn the language of the people in your destination: Even if it’s only a few simple phrases, a little cultural competence can go a long way towards ingratiating yourself with the locals. (Hello Duolingo!)

3- Order treats from your future vacay spot: Regional snacks can be delicious but hard to come by. Do a little digging and figure out some local favorites. (Alittletaste.com has all sorts of international delicacies)

4- Read a book by an author from the country you plan to visit: Nothing like a fresh set of eyes from a person with a very different background than your own to get you to see the world in a new light. If you’re looking for interesting reading material to pass the time in quarantine, why not pick up a book written by someone who is from your travel destination?

5- Research travel guides and plan your itinerary: Having a fleshed out itinerary is a major pro tip so that when you land, you can hit the ground running. (Lonely planet is a great resource!)

6- Use Google Earth to take a sneak peak of the neighborhoods that you plan to explore. You will get a visual from a very different perspective than you’d have even if you were there in person.

7- Get to cooking! Find a recipe to make a dish traditionally eaten by natives of the region. 

With the above complete, when the lockdown is over, you will be well prepared to be on your way!