Most of us (including myself) are at our wit’s end no doubt. While the first few days off work and not having to wake up to an alarm seemed like the best thing in our entire adult life, the sense of irritation is slowly making its way out, least in my household. Yes the heated arguments happen, yes there is screaming that happens here and there and yes we do sometimes keep to ourselves too.
Right now I want nothing more than to get out of the house for a breath of fresh air or even better yet to grab a quick holiday amidst the palm trees. But we all know that is not happening now, don’t we? A little “feel good” goes a long way during trying times such as the present. So showering and putting on a nice shirt can be that one thing that keeps you composed to tackle a rough day and not mope about the holiday you will have to forego this time around. Here are a few things I have dragged myself to do instead, most of which are doable as a family.
1. Take On A New Language
So what if you can’t step out of your house, the world is yours for taking and let nobody tell you otherwise, not even this pandemic that is rampaging through the world and forcing you to cancel months of precise planning form your end.
So instead of sulking around in your PJs all day why not allocate a little time to familiarise yourself with common phrases and words that are likely to come up during a conversation, in a language that you have never spoken before. Spanish is a safe play for many countries both in Europe and South America, maybe even a little Arabic if you are hoping to make a trip to the Middle East.
2. Try Your Hand At Replicating Food From Your Favorite Destination
While it is granted that being wasteful with your groceries is not the best thing yet to do, treat yourself to a homemade version of a dish that you were looking forward to trying during your holiday. Score your daily dose of holiday feels that will cheer up not just you but your whole family. I’d say push it up a notch more and even dress up as you sit down for the meal.
3. Clean-Up The Backlog Of Your Previous Holidays
I’m sure there are loads of photos from past holidays to finally be arranged in order. So why not take time to do this one thing that you have put off for so long. This might be a great way to revisit your memories and even make likely plans or your next holiday.
4. Revisit Your Travel Plans
Many countries have imposed immediate travel bans and are in the process of tightening their visa application procedure to keep the crisis at bay. For you this will mean that you will not be able to visit certain countries in the foreseeable future, forcing you to make changes to your plan. Therefore it might be advisable for you to look at alternate holiday destinations and also communicate the same to your travel agent to evade cancellation and other applicable charges.
5. Watch Travel-Based Movies/Documentaries
So what if you can’t make it there right now, you will make it there nevertheless. In the meantime why not watch documentaries that are inspired by your holiday destination or a movie that refers to your wanderlust in general. The way I see it there are two ways to it. We can either fret over all opportunities lost or stack upon information and enthusiasm that will make up for a great holiday when are this is finally over.
6. Attempt Makeshift Holiday Activities
Here is what can’t go wrong. Have breakfast in bed or even go all out to arrange it all as a buffet. I know planning and executing all that will be quite a feat but with all that time in your hands to do by, why not give it a try?
Nothing beats laying on the beach with a mimosa in hand or even sipping a cool cocktail by the pool. So what if these plans are on hold. Why not pull out the family pool and make do with having fun by the garden, have an impromptu pool party with so little cleaning up to do after.
Hold on to your laughter and positive thoughts people, this too… Shall pass!!!