The onslaught of COVID-19 has forced us all to stay home, with holiday plans being firmly shelved for the foreseeable future. Being housebound with nowhere to go offers us plenty of time to think and mull over where we’d like to visit. If we’re to try and look at the positives, let’s see what we can do to reconnect with the destinations we have visited and keep our travel memories alive.

Chasing wanderlust
There has been an unprecedented change in our lives over the past few months. Being unable to travel has made us restless and dream ofa vacation now more than ever. Here is what we suggest, to keep your love for travel undented even as you recreate some of our most unforgettable holiday moments. Remember to have fun as you do this – your memories could be laugh-out-loud funny, reminiscent of taking a leisurely stroll through a city’s mesmerising streets or even that of sharing a meal with friends in a quaint café. Go on and reconnect over these shared memories by using a little bit of creativity and some planning.

Get the right music going

Go on, close your eyes and relax over the local music from your favourite holiday. Mix it up, or just play some traditional music to get into the groove. There’s nothing like the right music to set the ambience to recreate your holiday memories.

Recreate décor

Every place you visit holds a special place in your heart for a variety of reasons. A good way to transport yourself to your favourite destination is by going through photographs of your travel. If you’ve bought souvenirs on previous trips, now is a good time to pull them out and revisit those places. Fridge magnets, clothing and even the smallest trinkets can get you going.                                                                                                 

Whip up a culinary storm

There’s no doubt that the right food and beverage can transport you to your dream destination. With the Internet at your fingertips, how about rustling up the delicacies from your favourite holiday? It needn’t be an elaborate recipe, but even the core elements should do the trick! A hearty pasta or a comforting rice dish can take you back to your holiday in an instant, whether to Italy, Greece or Mexico.

Choose related entertainment

Remember when you saw a mesmerising Sufi performance in Turkey, or the lively flamenco in Spain? Whether you watch a dance recital or a movie from the comfort of your living room, there are plenty of ways to recreate memories of the places you’ve been to, the people you’ve met and the things you have done. In fact, this might just be the right time to turn a vacation memory into a hobby!                                                

Keeping the celebrations going
World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 the world over since 1980 by the United Nations, with this year’s theme being ‘Tourism: Building Peace! Fostering Knowledge!’ Even if we can’t travel at the moment, let’s keep the wanderlust alive by recreating our favourite travel moments and swapping stories, albeit virtually for now.

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