Travelling during COVID-19 has been a nightmare. Practically every country is closed. And even those that are open insist on quarantines and other measures before they’ll allow you to enjoy yourself.
However, it’s not going to stay this way forever. Eventually, flights are going to restart and you’ll be able to go abroad how you always did.
Now that we’re coming to the end of social distancing restrictions, it’s the perfect time to get your travel goals in order for the coming year. Where would you like to go? And what would you like to do?
Here are some of the goals to which we should all aspire:
Goal #1: Get Tested
The first step is to get a private COVID test to check whether we have the disease. Getting a “fit-to-fly” certification means that you can travel pretty much anywhere you like, knowing that the chance of you infecting anyone is minimal. Plus, countries will be much more willing to let you in.
Goal #2: Visit Somewhere You Can Experience Solitude
You’ve probably had enough loneliness over the last year, thanks to shutdowns, lockdowns, and various “shelter in place” orders. But going somewhere you can experience genuine solitude is a completely different experience. Think about how many times in your life you’ve been truly alone. Perhaps a handful at the most. When was the last time you spent a week all by yourself in nature, with nothing but your food, a tent, and a backpack? It probably never happened!
Goal #3: See The World Wonders
The world has more than seven wonders. But you know them when you finally clap eyes on them. What’s more, there are wonders of the world in practically every country on Earth.
In the UK, you have Windsor Castle and Big Ben. In France, you have the Eiffel Tower. In India, there are numerous temples, including the Taj Mahal. And in South America, you have Machu Picchu and the Incan pyramids.
Goal #4: Do Something Outside Your Comfort Zone
Vacations can be pleasurable and relaxing. But they can also be an opportunity to stretch your legs and get out of your regular comfort zone.
There are all kinds of ways you escape the comfort zone and live your life more fully. Volunteering, for instance, is a great way to spend time overseas, helping people in the real world. The same goes for doing something physically thrilling, like skydiving, surfing, or mountain biking.
You can also go to places in the world you know nothing about. Southeast Asia, for instance, is a great region to start your exploration of Asia if you’ve never been before.
Goal #5: Choose A Destination Without Thinking About It First
We like to think, plan and plot endlessly. It’s part of the human condition. But sometimes, it’s nice to just bypass this and do something on a total whim.
If you have a globe of the Earth at home, try closing your eyes and spinning it. Then stop it with your finger and go there (unless it’s the middle of the ocean, in which case, just spin again).