If you’ve spent just five 5 seconds on my Instagram page, you would have discovered that I have a big love for travelling. I started doing this intensively in 2017 and never stopped. The novelty of exploring a new city is exciting and borderline addictive! However, since last year, I discovered that travelling is just one of the many tools that allow me to capture the shared story of humans, our struggle and triumphs. Not knowing that COVID-19 pandemic was just around the corner.
In fact, I had so many travel plans for 2020 after celebrating visiting country 60 last December in Iceland. I thought a nice milestone to hit would be to complete my exploration all of the countries in Europe. That way I could, without a doubt, wear the title of ‘yourEuropeplug’ that was kindly given to me last year by the travel tribe. But since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the stay home order currently active in several countries across the world, travelling is near impossible in this period, so “what have I been doing instead?” you may ask :
Reading old journals and writing in the new ones – This Corona pandemic is something that I want to be able to narrate to my grandchildren about what exactly went down in the year 2020. I feel I owe it to them to document this in some kind of way and putting pen to paper or blogging allows me to pour out my thoughts easily. I also found reading old journals about past adventures I have somehow been comforting, I believe that this too shall pass and we will all go ‘back to normal’ someday!
Binge watch my favourite TV shows – I am now up to date on all my fave shows, and I honestly have no regrets. I was only annoyed that I could not do it eating my fave popcorn (sweet and salted flavour) whilst watching because I was not risking going to the shops! It’s worth watching some travel-related films to easy your wanderlust and if you want a good cry then ‘Miracle in cell no.7’ is for you. You can also binge listen to all my podcast series, click here. Remember to give yourself the grace to rest.
Work on some project ideas – I have a lot of ideas and most of them have just sat very idle in a journal. To actually have the time to breathe some life into them is so freaking exciting! I don’t know if they would actually work but to fear failure is to fear to live in the first place. Can I get an Amen?
Attending webinars and workshop – can’t lie last week feel as if I have been transported back in time to my university days. So many organisations are now turning their conferences and masterclasses to online classes at ridiculously discounted prices or totally for free! I have definitely been taking advantage of them, learning and fine-tuning my skills.
Growing in faith and spirituality – Even whilst working from home, the fact that commuting and shower time is no longer compulsory (joke!) means I have suddenly had more time to rediscover my faith, my values and my belief system. It’s been an exciting journey so far.
In conclusion, I am honestly taking it one day at a time. It very easy to feel like you are not doing enough, but so long as you do one activity a day that takes you closer to your end goals. Then you are on the right track. I can’t wait to share with you next time the things I am actively avoiding during this period to protect my mental health.
As a travel blogger/ influencer you might already start to feel I think this is the perfect opportunity to pivot and really think outside the box. Create the type of content you need at this moment. Ask how can you be of service for your audience, even if its just entertainment value, so long as you show up and be a leader in whatever is your chosen field. When this all blows over then you’ll have a track record of those who withstood the storm.
Drop a comment below, I will love to know how you are doing and what you are doing to remain sane in this period.
Sending you so much love and light,