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How To Travel In 2020: Traveling When You really Can’t

It is no surprise that things have gotten really difficult, in wake of a global pandemic. There is a whole wave of uncertainty that has brought the world to a shuddering standstill. The travel industry, amongst others, has been impacted in a way that makes me very sad.

The prospect of staying indoors for an indefinite period of time is tiresome in general. And then there are the wandering nomads. Like me. Even the thought of not being able to travel makes me feel restless; and now I’ve been thrust into a situation where I literally can’t. Or at least, until I can again.


An inability to travel is every traveler’s worst nightmare and it seems to be happening right now. You should be careful of stepping out of your home, let alone traveling.

But I’ve been thinking, and maybe, you can travel. Even if you can’t really travel.

Here is how to travel even when you really can’t.

Allow your tastebuds to travel to a different place

Have you ever visited one of the top 10 destinations you read about in a magazine, excited to try out the local delicacies?! Me too!

In fact, did you know that food travel is a whole industry, in itself? Food tourism has grown in popularity and now, in wake of a global pandemic, you can bask in it too – from within your home! 

I know it’s nothing on actually being able to travel, but if you have ever wanted to travel but couldn’t, a very solid coping mechanism is actually cooking delicacies from the cuisine of your dream destinations. 

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a new culture when you’re traveling, is to eat local! Local cuisine is always a great way to learn more about the place you are visiting and in recent years, the popularity of local cooking lessons has risen. 

Unfortunately, getting access to one of these inspiring local cooking lessons is impossible, at this point. Learning how to cook different cuisines, however, is still very doable! 

Take a look at some of the most mouth-watering food blogs, as listed here by Happier. Allow your tastebuds to transport you to new places – all whilst definitely upping your skill in the world of food!


I will soon put out a blog on some of the most exciting food bloggers from the regions they belong to. Stay tuned to learn how to cook food the way they do!

Travel into a whole new world with books!

If you have ever read a book that was so difficult to put down that when you finally got to the end of it, you just wanted to start over again; you are exactly like me! Reading is a way for us to be transported to an entirely new world. Best part? You don’t have to move even from the couch. And quite frankly, sometimes it feels great to just be able to sink into your couch. Or your bed under your sheets. Or to sunbathe in your balcony while reading a fantastic book!


If you feel sad at the prospect of having to stay indoors at this point, here’s an idea. Have you considered getting back to that reading list you made a while ago but couldn’t keep up with? I’m going to be putting up my reading list very soon but meanwhile, check out these travel books that will transport you to some of the most exotic destinations in the world! 

Let yourself travel into the world of foreign films

Spy new cities, listen to different languages, and get inspired by some of the best foreign language films that you can watch online! There’s a lot that foreign films can teach you about the culture of a place and it is awe-inspiring to learn more about how they view the world. 

Here’s a list of the 20 best foreign movies on Netflix, by A Good Movie To Watch. This website can also introduce you to a whole host of other films to keep you occupied during this season of staying indoors!


Watch a movie with your family, your partner, or just by yourself! Leave a comment below with your favorite foreign film. I would love to watch some new movies.

Learning a new language

Listening to your friends or family members speak a new language is impressive, isn’t it? I am super fortunate to have learned to speak 7 different languages! I know that a lot of people want to be able to speak a foreign language but have never really gotten around to learning one. 

Now that we have a lot of time on our hands, you can finally pursue this dream! A number of mobile phone apps and online courses offer you some great tutorials and courses on how to learn a new language. 

Maybe learn a new language with your friends and track progress over the phone.

Take a look at this helpful article guiding you to a number of resources that can help you learn a new language online for free. The next time you travel to a place that speaks the language you learn, be prepared to be able to show off your awesome new language skills!

Talking to your friends and family members and traveling vicariously

At this time, we are so fortunate to be able to stay connected with our friends and families over the internet. With WhatsApp calls and Zoom calls, and the number of other options that help you stay connected through this pandemic, you finally have the ability to catch up with your friends and families at a time that works for everyone! 

Get in touch with them. Exchange travel stories and take a voyage into each others’ travel worlds!

Don’t forget to stay connected with your loved ones! At this time, more than ever, we need each other.

In fact, I would love to share some of your travel stories, too, for others to read about. It is a great time to spread some love and happiness. So let’s do it all together! To send me a happy travel memory of yours, you can contact me by filling out this form or DMing me on Instagram.

How about a travel plan for next year?

But wait. The heart wants what it wants. If you reeeally just want to travel, let’s plan your next trip! I am taking inquiries for 2021 already so you can contact me here with your dream holiday.

Here’s a photo of me on one of my delightful vacations!

Personally, I can’t wait to be off on vacation again! Until then, I will continue to post beautiful travel photos on my social media channels. Follow me on Instagram @thiastravelservices for regular updates!

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