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Farris Kroft

As a former reporter and an academic librarian, I have been researching and sharing information for more than 7 years.

I've written newsletters to targeted audiences, feature articles, and white papers. My work has appeared in daily newspapers, on local radio stations, as emails for nonprofit organizations, and in the inboxes of managers. I bring a passion for digging and a love of storytelling to your project. If you want clean, inviting copy on deadline, I'm your writer.

When I'm not working, you'll find me bird watching, reading, hanging out with my Beagle, Pablo, hiking, cooking, volunteering, gardening, or reheating my tea in the microwave for the tenth time because I didn't drink it fast enough. 

How To Enjoy Traveling When You Can’t Go Anywhere
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5 ways to get your travel fix from home

There are many barriers to travel. Maybe your budget is tight, or you don’t have the time off, or just maybe you’re quarantined at home during a global pandemic. Whatever the reason you’re glued to your home base, there are still ways you can enjoy travel.

1. Using your memory might be the easiest, fastest way to relive that little rush you feel when you're in a new place. Remember your past trips. Go through your photos, maybe organize them by deleting duplicates or snapshots that are blurry. Call or have a video session with someone who was there with you and reminisce. 

If you haven’t traveled yet, don’t worry, the rest of this list is for you. I didn’t go anywhere until I was in my late 30s but in just two years, I had checked 13 countries off of my list, and some of those twice. 

Your travel dreams can happen.

2. Plan a trip you’ve been longing to take. You might have a little extra time on our hands at the moment. Use it to create a future that will make you happy. 

Even if you don’t have the money in the bank to actually book anything right now, you can still figure out what hotels or rentals you would stay in, which trains to take, and what guides to hire. 

Keep all of the information you discover in a document so you can refer to it when you're able to take the journey.

3. Live vicariously. Indulge in the experience of others by reading travel blogs and articles, or watching travel shows. Two of my favorites are No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain and anything by Rick Steves. 

There are also a lot of incredible travel blogs that will help you get a taste of their experiences. Reading blogs can you ideas for where you want to go and what to do once you’re there.

You don’t have to feel bad about not being able to travel this very instant. 

4. Learn a new skill that you plan to use while you’re traveling. While you probably can’t take a scuba diving lesson during a pandemic lockdown, there are a lot of tutorials and courses online that will get you started on different hobbies. 

Getting more information about an activity you’re interested in can help whet your appetite and when the time comes for you to do it in person, whether that’s with a class or on your own, you’ll be prepared and confident. 

I know someone who fell in love with sailing while living in the middle of the country with no lakes nearby. He read about boats and navigating every day. He daydreamed. He schemed. Eventually, he moved to a place near the water and was able to jump right in since he already had the basics down. 

Just get started. Your future self will appreciate you taking those seemingly small steps.

5. Take a virtual tour. Many museums, zoos, and some of our national parks offer online tours. A lot of them are free right now due to Covid-19. You can visit the beaches of Hawaii, the Louvre, the Great Wall of China, or even a 3D replica of the surface of Mars. Who knows, it could lead to you adding a new place on your travel list that you wouldn’t have considered otherwise.

Use the resources you do have and start planning, dreaming, and preparing. It could pay off, and even if it doesn’t, you might have fun doing it. 

Published April 22, 2020