I feel like all I seem to say is “it’s a weird time” but guys it really is a “weird time”.
Suddenly within days we’ve been confined from our homes,
For travel bloggers, it’s definitely been a strange time. We’re used to writing about our travels but what do we do when we can hardly go outside our front door?
Me? I bought myself a sketch book and a book on how to draw manga and I’ve become a little bit obsessed with it. Aside from that I’ve been doing my online fitness classes and doing my usual work from home.
I spoke with other travel bloggers to see what they are doing during the coronavirus lockdown.
“During the lockdown, I am keeping busy with working full time for the charity I work for, alongside spending time looking after my own physical and mental health.
I am really enjoying being home, reading books, baking and being outside in the garden. But I am most enjoying getting crafty!
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Since being in lockdown I have done some painting, as well as a macrame plant hanging kit, and next up is knitting a blanket. Its activities I’ve wanted to do for years but never found the time, or never prioritised in my life.”
“As someone who likes to keep busy, I’ve found coronavirus lockdown both a blessing and a curse. Thankfully my 9-5 job has been able to keep me on during this time, but I’ve also lost some freelance work – forcing me to take on a slower pace of life once my work laptop shuts down for the evening.
I’ve been spending my time rediscovering past times that I’ve always felt I didn’t have enough time to revisit, such as brushing up on my GCSE German and learning new Photoshop skills.
I’ve also been trialling out some new vegetarian recipes, blogging, going on more runs, and finally watching all of the Star Wars movies in order (alongside essential geeky commentary from my boyfriend).
One of my favourite things to have started on, though, is more crafts. I’ve been doing tile mosaics, making cards, and finally starting on a cross stitch kit that’s been sitting on my shelf gathering dust for the last year or two. Some days I find Lockdown impossibly hard, but I do feel like I’ve found an appreciation of the smaller things in life.”
As someone who likes being busy, what’s worked well for me is to create a daily routine, and to lean on things that brought me joy when I was younger.
In the last month, I’ve re-read some of my favourite books and started a 1000-piece puzzle (still sitting on our table incomplete!). I’ve also tried my hand at making some of my Grandma’s recipes that remind me of home.
To satisfy my wanderlust, I’ve been researching places I would like to visit in London once the lockdown is over.
From parks to cafes, the possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to make up for lost time.
I’m not always productive, but I’m allowing myself to try new things every day and to find some balance in my daily life.
Ordinarily, April/May is a peak travel period for us. It’s fabulous weather throughout the continent and it also coincides with a birthday and we have this tradition of travelling for your birthday to a destination of your choosing.
To compensate for the lack of travel I’m keeping busy with a number of projects on the go. I’m working on video content for our YouTube channel. I’ve never really had the time before to dedicate 30+ hrs to editing each video, well now I do! I’m working my way through the back catalogue of footage we’ve accumulated over the years and trying to publish one video out a week.
During lockdown, I’ve also discovered how much I enjoy cooking. I find myself in the kitchen everyday, experimenting with different recipes. I’m the first to admit that a lot of it is trial and error and there are plenty of substitutions as we never really have everything we need. For the most part, my kitchen adventures are predominately successful and I’ve started covering it on my Instagram stories.
Until we can travel again I can see this is my life for the foreseeable future. The second I can, I’m jumping on a plane and heading to Australia to see some family. I’m long overdue to return and this lockdown has reminded me how important it is to stay connected to family and friends.