How To Bring Travel Back To Your Life In 2021
In many ways, the pandemic forced devoted explorers to redefine how to travel. And with a new year comes new hope that travel will find its way back into the lives of those who miss it so. Here are five ways to bring travel back into your life in 2021.
It is hard to think of travel in 2020 and not hear the chorus of Fort Minor’s song, “Where’d you go?” play like an ode. Airlines stopped flights, hotels stopped bookings and the pandemic swept the globe in a rage of fury. Millions of travelers had their wings clipped as their passports collected dust in tucked away corners. In many ways, the pandemic forced devoted explorers to redefine how to travel. And with a new year comes new hope that travel will find its way back into the lives of those who miss it so. Here are five ways to bring travel back into your life in 2021.
Take A Road Trip
One way to open the boundaries of a travel-less existence is to get in a car and drive. Pick a lesser-known destination off the beaten path. One that has always been so close that you convinced yourself you would always have time to visit. Now is the time. Grab your favorite road trip buddy and your best mask, fill up your gas tank and just start driving. It might surprise you where you end up.
Explore Your Hometown
How often do you get the opportunity to play tourist in your hometown? No matter where you live, there are often plenty of places to explore that are just plainly overlooked. Pick a lesser known or outdoor museum, or take a walk through a park you never bothered to visit before. Mixing travel with your hometown might just give you a bigger appreciation of where you live.
Go For A Hike
Nothing brings on an appreciation for nature and the outdoors like a good old-fashioned hike. Taking a day to enjoy the birds and trees can do wonders to invigorate the soul of a traveler. There is always something new to explore and discover. The bonus of hiking is that it is an activity better done with a single buddy or small group, making it a pandemic friendly activity.
Explore An Outdoor Exhibit
As a byproduct of the pandemic, many artists have taken to the streets to exhibit their talents. From street art and wall murals to free outdoor sculpture displays, there are a growing number of options to bring social distancing and the appreciation of art and culture together. So take a stroll through an outdoor exhibit. It is sure to provide a much-needed jolt of culture and exploration.
Take A Weekend Ski Trip
YES, there are resorts for summer skiing such as Aspen, Breckenridge, Vail and Jackson Hole, to name a few. Sometimes simply getting out of the city or breaking out of your routine is just the ticket. Skiing is a great outdoor activity that is both socially distant and a great getaway. Many hotels and lodges are COVID safe and are available for an overnight or two. A weekend in the mountains is great, even if you have never gone skiing. Take a lesson and brave the bunny slope.
While the truth is that wander-lusters will probably have to wait for travel to resume on any grand scale, that does not mean they cannot find ways to incorporate it safely into a pandemic-stricken world. 2021 is the dawn of a new era in the lives of travel enthusiasts. Finding ways to explore and unwind will tide over your passion for travel while the world adjusts to a new reality.
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