It’s probably safe to say that international travel is off the table for most people for the rest of 2020, so why not start thinking about how to travel without leaving the country?!
It’s hard to think of travel when you’re not necessarily packing for a long haul trip, but the best thing you can do right now is to start learning how to adapt to new situations and new styles of travel.
You’re probably wondering how on earth it’s possible to travel during a travel ban but if you’re willing to get a little creative and think outside the box I think you’ll be able to curb that wanderlust.
Here are my top 8 tips for How To Travel Without Leaving The Country!
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- Local Travel
Although it may not seem as exciting as hopping on a plane, local travel can actually expose you to some awesome hidden gems right in your own neighbourhood.
If you’ve had to cancel some big trips this year then it might be worth googling some cool spots near you that are safe to explore.
Not only will you try something new, but you’ll also spend less money than you would on an international trip and become an expert in your own neighbourhood for when friends and family need some advice for the future.
Protip: If you’re a travel blogger like me, then this is the perfect opportunity to create some content and draft up some blog posts for the future when people will be visiting your city again.
- Domestic Travel
I’ll be the first to admit that I really haven’t done much exploration within Canada, yes I know it’s a beautiful country but it’s just never been top on my list when it comes to travelling on a budget.
However, with these travel restrictions in place, I don’t really have a choice.
Roadtrips are becoming more popular than ever due to the current circumstances of how we’re able to travel, so why not set out on a getaway in your own home country!
Some airlines have opened back up for domestic flights, so if you’re able to do this safely, now might be the perfect time to see what your country has to offer.
If you’re interested in more travel tips, then read my blog post 5 Ways To Save Money On Travel.
- Virtual Tours
Since COVID-19 hit, companies have been on it when it comes to alternative ways to travel!
You can easily learn a thing or two and fulfill your wanderlust with an online virtual tour.
- Throwback Photos
We all have those photos that make us reminisce about our past travels, if you’re a person who loves to capture everlasting moments, then don’t be afraid to post those travel throwbacks and relive your memories from your time on the road.
Travel photos are easy to track down and really do lift your mood when you take yourself back to some of your favourite moments.
Also, it’s another way to travel back in time without spending any money!
- Skype An International Friend
Since we can’t chat face to face or visit all of the places that we want to see, Skype or Zoom is the perfect place to catch up with people from all over the world.
Amazingly in today’s society, you can connect digitally with people and other cultures right from the comfort of your own home.
If you’ve made friends while travelling or even have family abroad why not hop on a skype call to reconnect.
Have them show you what it’s like outdoors, or maybe even try making a virtual meal together, you can each make a cultural dish from your home country as an online cultural exchange!
- Learn A Foreign Language
Online language learning is quite simple, these days there are so many platforms to choose from whether you want structured learning websites or apps that you can download on your phone or portable device.
The opportunities are endless with today’s technology and online learning platforms.
When is a better time than now to learn a new language? You can start preparing for your next trip abroad by expanding your language skills now, that way you’ll be able to get around much easier and even impress the locals with your conversation skills in the future.
One of the most popular sites that I see a lot of travellers using is Duolingo, I haven’t given it a try myself yet but I know I will in the future!
- Watch Travel Youtube Videos
Youtube offers an unlimited amount of videos for you to choose from when it comes to travel.
Whether you’re into food channels, vlogs or documentaries there’s something for you on the platform.
Youtube can make you feel like you’re in the country you’re watching, not to mention that it’s also super educational and visually appealing.
It’s a great way to learn about the country you want to visit.
If you’re interested in finding more Black Travel Creators, I recently wrote a blog post detailing “40 Black Travel Bloggers Everyone Should Know”.
Honestly, there are so many ways you can travel without leaving the country you just have to be a little creative and think outside the box.
As COVID-19 starts to ease up I’m having a lot of hope for the future of travel.
Although it may not ever be the same as it once was, travel will still be apart of our lives and we’ll just have to learn to adapt to the changing times.
If you’re feeling a little unsettled about the idea of travel in the future, don’t worry you’re not alone, for now, all we can do is continue to have faith and see how it all works out in the end.
I hope that some of this advice helped give you an idea of how to travel without leaving the country, don’t forget to like and share with friends if you enjoyed the read.
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