In a few weeks, most people’s lives in America have changed significantly because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The roadways have cleared significantly as fewer people are working and also traveling. This can be good in some ways. For example, when people are quarantining, there are fewer roadway accidents and less pollution.
The same is true of the skies. Many flights have been canceled or consolidated and airports are nearly empty.
The U.S. State Department has urged any travelers still overseas to come back now or risk not being able to.
All that means if you love traveling you might be at the point where you’re going a bit stir crazy. Most of us are used to being busy in our daily lives and travel has also become an ingrained part of who we are, but the following are some things you can do if you’re not able to travel and you want to occupy yourself.
Search for Travel Deals
What better way to deal with missing out on travel than thinking about traveling and planning travel? If you aren’t sure how far out to book, the good thing right now aside from the potential to find good deals is the fact that many travel companies are being extremely lenient with their cancelation policies.
Basically, if you book something now and you can’t go because of Covid-19 or perhaps another reason, you may get a refund or you may be able to change your plans without paying the usual fees.
It gives you some flexibility to dream about all the destinations you’d like to head to when this is over.
Maybe you can create or revisit your bucket list trips and add those to your planning, especially if you’re able to get a great deal.
Working out might not sound like your idea of fun, but why not use this time to get in shape? Maybe you’ll discover that it turns into a new hobby.
What’s unique right now is the fact there are so many virtual fitness programs you can do at home, even though you can’t go to the gym.
There are free apps, there are apps with free features, and then there are subscription programs.
You can also watch YouTube on your regular TV.
A lot of at-home workout routines don’t require much equipment, if any at all.
Some celebrity trainers are also doing live streaming classes on Instagram and other social media platforms.
If you’re feeling anxious during this pandemic, which is natural, virtual yoga classes and guided meditations might be helpful for you.
Gardening popularity has been growing in the past few weeks, not only because we’re homebound but also because it’s nearly spring.
If you have a yard, gardening is somewhat easy, but even if you live in an urban area you can make it work if you use containers.
Livestream a Concert
What’s unique about the Covid-19 pandemic is the fact that even though we’re all physically apart, it’s also something that’s affecting everyone, rich or poor, famous or not.
With that in mind, a lot of singers and other performers have started live streaming concerts from their homes.
One simple way to find live music is to go on social media. There are also sites like Stageit that are offering live-stream shows, and they’ve actually done it for smaller artists for year.
Brands like Don Julio have had live stream events, and some musicians like James Bay are even giving music lessons.
Do Online Therapy Sessions
If you’re feeling anxious about Covid-19 to the point that it’s interfering with your life, or you have anxiety in general, you might use this time to work on your mental health. Many counselors offer online and telehealth sessions so you can improve yourself and your well-being in the midst of a tough situation.
Take a Class
Finally, why not take an online class if you’re already at home? You could take a class that interests you or perhaps one that will help you in your career when you return to work.
Some platforms, including Coursera, are expanding their free offerings to people right now.
Some of the categories their free courses fall into include career development, mental health and well-being, and free courses to help you build a career in cloud technology.
The situation is not ideal right now, to say the least, particularly if you have wanderlust, but the only thing you can do is make the most of it.