We are living in crazy times, friends. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring let alone next week and beyond. Many cities and even whole states are closing down in an attempt to control the spread of Covid 19. It’s hard to find ways to satisfy our Passion for Travel amidst the chaos.
Right now, in Colorado, we are under strict orders to Stay at Home. Only essential businesses, like doctors offices, grocery stores, pharmacies,banks, and of course, liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries are open to the public. Don’t even get me started.
As the story goes, the mayor of Colorado, Michael Hancock, ordered a Shelter in Place for all of Denver city on Tues, the 24 March. Hancock excluded liquor stores from the short list of essential businesses. Then panic ensued. Apparently, and I saw pictures, Denverites flocked to their favorite watering holes to stock up on the good stuff. So much so, that lines formed at the door, through parking lot and down Denver streets
Well, this shocked the dear Mayor Hancock, as it was not conducive to the already in place, social distancing decree. He quickly reversed his decision and our Governor, Jared Polis, is said to have learned from Mayor Hancock’s mistake. Hence, liquor stores are, in fact, essential. I mean, I get it, numb the pain and all that. Truly, not my problem. I gave up armchair QB’ing for lent.
Instead, I’m concentrating my efforts on keeping 9/10 Kellogg progeny entertained, fed, happy, healthy, both spiritually and physically and equipped with toilet paper.
Not much has changed, except, the lack of TP. I have, though, realized that we take a lot for granted. Not the least of which, the ability to hit the road on a whim or hop on a plane for a family vacation. In fact, we were planning to go to Moab last week, before the apocalypse hit and Moab authorities literally begged John Q Public to stay away.
But, now, during a time that we would otherwise be traveling, we are at home, doing our small part for the community. I’m not complaining, trust me. I am absolutely not complaining! For sure, it could be much worse. I always, always look at every struggle this way. We could be wondering where our next meal was coming from or experiencing the fear of financial destruction, or worse yet, be mourning a loved one. Instead, we are merely inconvenienced, if you can even call it that. We are adventure junkies, whether under a stay at home order or not. We find ways to socially distance ourselves from the world, we do it on the daily.
We don’t sit still well. We don’t chill. My mom loves to psychoanalyze this aspect of my personality, but there is nothing there. We (all) simply like to be doing fun stuff. And our fun stuff comes in the form of adventure and travel. But, the “inconvenience” part of this comes when you cannot do one or more of those things that give you energy like travel. How do we keep that sense of Travel adventure alive while we are, literally under threat of law, in our home?
Well, funny you should ask, cuz I just happen to have, right here, 7 ways to bring the world to you when you can’t go to it:
Read Travel Books – My Favorite!
The easiest thing you can do to bring the world to you (and stoke your Passion for Travel) is to visit it through a book. Reading literally opens our minds to new possibilities and new ideas. It helps us experience and analyze the world through others’ lives. By reading about adventures, places, culture, people you are able to stay inspired as you dream about all your future possibilities.
Your mind can travel and experience more through a book than your body will ever manage.
Check out these amazing travel and adventure books:
- The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
- Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
- On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
- Love With a Chance of Drowning, by Torre DeRoche
- The Beach, by Alex Garland
- In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson
- Marching Powder, by Rusty Young
- The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
- Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, by Hunter S Thompson
- A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, by Eric Newby
If you are interested, please join our KelloggShow Private Group where you will be privvy to some of our favorite reads!
Watch Travel Movies
Movies have the ability to stimulate real emotion and inspiration as we view actually locations. In fact, movies are one of the best instruments for inspiring a trip to a specific location. Have you ever watched a film that made you want to learn a new language, or experience what you saw on the silver screen?
Read Your Travel Journals
As an avid writer, I love going back and reading about how I specifically was feeling about a locale, the culture, the people, the struggles, the excitement, the language and so on. It’s cool to go back and revisit with the benefit of hindsight. And I love to pull receipts out, or business cards, tiny photos and trinkets.
My travel journals take me back, into the past … its a mini time travel vacation.
Some of my favorite travel journals are …
Planning Your Next Trip
Hopefully sooner rather than later Covid-19 will be old news and we can all start traveling again. Until then, while you are undoubtedly at home, beat the boredom and start planning the next great adventure!
We are planning an August trip to Italy, which may or may not happen, but it keeps us hopeful and excited and occupied.
Being at home can lead to a lot of boredom, frustration and, for some, anxiety. But if you start planning a trip, you stimulate your brain and get those travel juices flowing!
Learn a New Language
I took five years of French as a Middle School/High School student and learned the alphabet and a few words. I had no interest, saw no use and Madame Nelson kept her classroom at near freezing temps. It kept us alert, she said. But then, my interest in travel prompted me to really delve into language. Currently we are planning a trip to Italy, for a month in August … praying fervently for it to not be affected by Covid-19.
So, one of the ways we are ne of the first things we are doing is learning Italian, all of us. Duolingo is awesome for getting the hang of the language, learning phrases and words. We also discovered a FREE fast track program that US delegates to Italy use. It is phenomenal. We use the two simultaneously.
Read Travel Blogs
Whether you are in the planning stages or just looking for inspirational reading, travel blogs are chock full of real life stories and insider tips, that can give you a ton of helpful advice, suggestions and incentives for your next epic trip! My favorite travel stories are those that don’t sugar coat, that are real, and don’t have the same stories and tips as every other travel blog on the Internet.
I like to get a sense of who the writer is, I like to see off the beaten track destinations. I can find a plethora of information of the Coliseum in Rome, but not of that little swimming hole that all the locals enjoy. Get what I’m saying? We like to read bloggers like us, those who run into catastrophes and overcome, who seek to get to know the people, the place, the heart and soul of the neighborhoods. Where to eat for cheap, how to avoid crowds, what eateries are great for dates v families … etc.
Got suggestions? Please feel free to plug your favorite blog in the comment section below.
And, how about ya peruse, take a glance at these top favorites on our site. We’ve been hit with a bit of a lull in traffic in the month or so, since no-one is really traveling … THANKS CORONA.
- Alaska Via RV
- Barcelona With Kids
- Europe on a Budget – How To Plan
- Best Family Vacations in Canada
- Fun Things to do In Quebec
- Manitou Climb Tips
- Solo Teen Travel Tips
Cook an Authentic Dish
While we are under a Stay at Home Order here in Colorado, we have been cooking a lot. I mean, I’ve literally turned into Susie Homemaker … on crack. I’m making bread, everything from sandwich bread to bagels, baguettes and pretzels! And, every night is an all out ethnic feast from either France or Italy. It’s nuts and also pretty stinking cool.
I bought three cookbooks that I love, love, love.
Use these tips to keep your passion for travel alive. The world will be waiting and ready for you when this is all over.
And don’t forget, I’d love to see some of your favorite Travel Blogs in the comment section below. Thanks for reading … ’till next time!