If you’re anything like me, you’ve been deeply saddened by the fact that you haven't traveled in nearly a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Birthday celebrations have been canceled. Family reunions have gone virtual. And those sweet romantic getaways have all but been obliterated.
As you may be anxiously awaiting a more stable travel experience, there are still some ways you can enjoy the world with your significant other. The secret is bringing travel to you in the comfort of your own home.
The number one reason travel is so important for our mental health is that it gives us an escape from our day-to-day lives. We can completely disconnect and unwind while recharging our batteries and immersing ourselves into a new culture.
If you have vacation days to burn, but don't feel safe going anywhere yet, it's still important to take time off work for your sanity (and for your partner or families). So, what better timing than to discuss some ideas for Valentine's Day! You can plan something special for this coming lovers weekend. However, if it's too soon for you to prepare... you can start planning something special for you and your sweetie to enjoy some time off work together in the near future.
Here are three fun ways to enjoy a staycation that can help you feel as though you and your partner are on vacation. Create some travel memories from home until you can experience the real thing!
3 Ways to Bring Travel Home
1. Go to the Caribbean
Create a Caribbean escape at home by first making tasty meals from the islands. Here are some recipes to get you started:
Not a cook? Or maybe you just want it to feel even more like vacation where someone else makes your meal... Order some UberEats, Postmates, or DoorDash from your favorite local Caribbean eateries.
Next, find some tunes that transport you straight to the islands to play while you eat. Bonus points if you snag some decor that makes your living room feel like you’ve traveled there.
Don't forget the fancy cocktails with umbrellas to complete the experience!
Then, head to YouTube and search for dance class videos teaching you how to dance like the locals. Put together a playlist and dance the night away!
Lastly, it's also the perfect night to revisit those past vacation pictures too. Go relive those memories as you daydream about your next adventure. We often forget to look back - and it's so important to remember those fun times when we need a reminder how great things were to keep us moving forward!
2. Head to Paris
Get a puzzle of the Eiffel Tower and put it together with your partner. Afterwards watch a flick that brings you to Paris. We recommend this list from Conde Nast “39 Movies That Will Transport You to Paris.”
Grab some croissants, macarons, steak frites, and a cheese platter to munch on while you watch the movies. Or just play some Parisian themed tunes with candlelight.
Finish the evening with a virtual vacation of Paris such as this Virtual Walk through Paris, or this Ultimate Paris Travel Guide.
3. Sneak Away to Santorini
It’s all about the food in Greece. So start there. Here are some amazing recipe websites to check out:
Take in a flick that will inspire traveling to Greece such as one from this list. While you’re at it, set up a wine and cheese pairing to enjoy the flavors and set the mood. Check out this article featuring Greek wines for inspiration. If you’re stumped on which cheese to purchase, besides the well-known feta, read this appetizing article for delectable inspiration: “10 Popular Greek Cheeses You Should Try.”
Get outside of your comfort zone by taking some Greek lessons on how to speak the language. There are lots of free ones on YouTube including this video “Learn 100 Common Greek Phrases for Tourists & Beginners.”
Where will you travel to next?
With a little imagination, you can feel like you’ve traveled far and wide without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.
While the real thing is always better when you can experience with your own eyes, appreciate the smells, hear the sounds, and savor the tastes that each destination has to offer - these little scenarios may keep your wanderlust urges in check a little while longer.
It's so important to still take mental breaks away from work, even if you aren't ready for a true vacation. So, take some time off and indulge in being creative together while you rejuvenate.
When you are ready to travel again, I hope you will think of Destinations HD to book your next trip.
Need inspiration on where you want to explore next? Take our travel quiz to find out where you should travel when the time is right!