Our top 10 travel activities you can do from home

09 April 2020

Travel may have felt the brunt of the ongoing pandemic but being on lockdown doesn’t mean you can’t put in the groundwork for when the world starts turning again.

We’ve called on our 1,800+ Travel Counsellors to recommend their top home-based travel activities, and here are some of the tips they suggested.

1. Update your travel bucket list

Carve out some time to reflect on all the amazing places you’ve been so far. Then let your mind go wild and think about the next five places you want to visit if money was no object? If you’re struggling to list five, get some inspiration from our fantastic destination guides: https://www.travelcounsellors.ie/ie/leisure/plan-your-trip 

2. Get there on Pinterest

Social media is another fantastic source of inspiration and Pinterest is unquestionably one of the best. Download the Pinterest app and create a board for each of your five must-see places. You can then pin pictures of what you want to see when you eventually get there and what you will do during your visit. 

3. Learn a new language

In between working from home, change things up by studying a new language. It could come in handy when you finally visit one of your chosen destinations. YouTube is packed with clips that can instil the basics of most languages so you’ll be speaking like the locals in no time.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=learn+language 

4. Check out Travel Counsellors on YouTube

This one’s a bit of a no brainer. Subscribe at youtube.com/user/travelcounsellors 

5. Subscribe to travel blog sites

There are a countless number of travel blogs out there, from backpacking newbies to well-founded websites, ripe with travel tips and wanderlust-fuelling articles. Compile a list of the sites that pique your interest.  

6. Follow your favourite Travel Counsellor on social media

Your Travel Counsellor is sure to be active on at least one social media platform so seek them out, give them a follow and tap a few likes on posts that catch your eye. If you haven’t got a Travel Counsellor yet, you can find one and links to their social media pages at https://www.travelcounsellors.ie/ie/leisure/plan-your-trip

7. Reflect and share your amazing adventures

You’ve no doubt already racked up more than your fair share of memorable trips, so why not share pictures and details of your most recent or most amazing trips on social media or in a blog? After all, your friends and family also need reminding of halcyon days – just remember to tag your Travel Counsellor!

8. Get clued up on sustainable travel

Almost three-quarters of Travel Counsellors customers say that sustainable travel is one of the factors they consider when choosing a holiday. Meanwhile, 90% of our customers said they’d be more likely to book travel with a company that specialises in sustainable travel.

Chances are you share those views, so educate yourself on how tourism brings greater benefits for local people and economies in destinations. 

9. Organise your travel essentials

Does your luggage need a clean-up? Then reach for the baby wipes, which are great for removing scuffs and marks.

Additionally, have you invested in packing cubes yet? You can find them online and they make packing and finding items so much easier. Tidy out your travel toiletries bag and keep in mind the 100ml limit for all liquids, gels, creams and similar substances in your carry-on luggage.

10. Watch reruns of your favourite travel shows

Being stuck at home only heightens the importance of escapism TV and once in between exhausting trashy boxsets, travel shows are a great idea. Check out this top 20 travel shows on Netflix right now: https://uproxx.com/life/best-travel-shows-on-netflix-right-now/

 

Contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits, including financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to support you before, during and even after your trip.

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