Things to do for travellers who can't travel right now

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1. Posted by Peter (Admin 6896 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone,

I'm thinking of writing an article filled with things to do for travellers who can't travel right now and some services that they can tap into.

The kinds of things I'm thinking of are things like learning a new language, organising your photos, etc.

If you have thought of any good activities to keep you busy, especially ones that are vaguely travel related, please share them in this thread!

Peter

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1491 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

I've said previously that I am working on posting prior trips. Right now I'm finishing up 2006. January to March we did a road trip through the southern US, stopping for a week or so at a time in each place. What I'm working on now is a Caribbean cruise

I wonder why my trips never appear on the front page, even when they are current. I did 2018 and 2019 right after the occurred, and haven't been anywhere since because I had a couple of elective surgeries.

3. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 85 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

Quoting Peter

I'm thinking of writing an article filled with things to do for travellers who can't travel right now and some services that they can tap into.

:) Hi, Peter!
Many thanks for your initiative! Good idea
I would add the following:

  1. learning a new language;
  2. watching numerous YouTube "how-to" videos (LIve and learn!);
  3. organizing your photos, phone/email contacts;
  4. writing/editing your travel blogs (if any);
  5. watch and follow online physical exercises;
  6. read and reread your favorite books;
  7. cook something special following a new recipe;
  8. watch free online opera/orchestra performances/concerts;
  9. wash your windows and curtains;
  10. arrange a video conference with your friends and colleagues.
Have a good time, everybody!
Keep well!
;)

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Mar-2020, 06:51 GMT by Vic_IV ]

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1188 posts) 3d 1 Star this if you like it!

Excellent idea, Peter.

1. Learn about the history & culture of your own or other countries (the ones you might visit in future?) using free online learning platforms offering courses from universities all over the world (not all in English) . I use all the following:

www.futurelearn.com e.g. Chinese culture, early Australian history, Catalonia, Irish & Scottish history).

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ e.g. the African diaspora, Art & the Mexican Revolution, Textiles in Ghana)

https://www.edx.org/ e.g. Icelandic sagas, Contemporary China, New Zealand landscape as culture,

https://www.coursera.org/ e.g. Indigenous Canada, Roman architecture, First Steps in Korean)

2. If you have small children or grandchildren, write a book about some of the places you've visited specifically for them to read when they're adults. The world, and the places you've visited, will have changed enormously by that time.

3. Plan your ideal trips for the next 3 years or so. Research and save links for flights, hotels, itineraries, transport options, side-trips, places to eat etc etc. Lots of flights/hotels etc won't exist when this crisis passes, and fares & prices certainly won't be the same, but at least you'll have the skeleton plans in place.

4. If you have children or grandchildren who are off school, create a quiz about places you've visited without them. Use your photos if relevant and they can do online research to answer your questions. If they don't live with you, send a Word document. If you're self-isolating or in lockdown, you can use e.g. Skype for them to give you the answers.

5. Not specifically about travel but if you have grandchildren off school and you're not seeing them, why not set up Grandma's/Grandpa's daily (or weekly) quiz about anything at all. Same idea: send age-appropriate questions on e.g. dinosaurs, Italy, the Vikings, wild flowers,whatever and then they give you the answers either on Skype or similar or by email.

6. If your adult children are struggling to keep your grandkids occupied while they're off school and their movement is restricted, offer to give them a daily 'lesson' via Skype or similar. Teach them a language (I'll be teaching mine a bit of French), lead an 'exercise class' (to music?), sing together, play music together (or you play and they sing), read them a story (a longer chapter-book is good for ages 5- 11) and talk about it.......you could even cook something together (cookies, chilli, Victoria sponge, whatever) if ages and facilities are right!

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Mar-2020, 08:31 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by theo1006 (Travel Guru 17 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

Why not do some work on the Community Travel Guide?
My present project there is Bali. But it's been pretty lonely in the Guide recently.
Theo

6. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

I plan to make some photo books of different trips we've been on. I use Blurb but there are lots of similar platforms out there.

Also, a lot of tourist places are making virtual tours available to help us get our travel fix. You can do a virtual tour of many US national parks (here's Yellowstone: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm); 'visit' the Louvre (https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne) or London's National Gallery (https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours/google-virtual-tour); tour the Houses of Parliament (https://www.parliament.uk/virtualtour); go inside Anne Frank's Secret Annex (https://www.annefrank.org/en/anne-frank/secret-annex/) ... There are loads out there if you search. Fun to do and they might just spark a few ideas for future trips (as though we don't most of us have too many of those already!)

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1345 posts) 2d Star this if you like it!

Take favorite travel photos either singly or as a collage and make them into a puzzle on Shutterfly and probably other photo sites. You can choose the number of pieces in the puzzle to make it age appropriate. It's a great family activity.

We're finding time to do a lot of reading here so may get through all the Christmas books before next Christmas.

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 6896 posts) 2d Star this if you like it!

Wow, great suggestions everyone. Lots I hadn't thought of.

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10. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 2d 2 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Peter

Wow, great suggestions everyone. Lots I hadn't thought of.

Indeed, but I can't get excited about the ninth one on Victor's list - 'wash your windows and curtains'

I'm not that bored yet