I last travelled out of town in February 2019 when we visited Mumbai. Since we have an apartment there, it was not exactly a holiday, although it was a break of sorts. For various reasons, we’ve not been able to have a holiday since August 2018. With the pandemic, thinking of a holiday was not something we’ve done. While some remnants of normality are tentatively returning, I’m surprised that many people are throwing caution to the wind and travelling all over saying that they need a break. I know more than 5 people/families who’ve contracted Covid-19 while holidaying.
Need A Break?
Stay In and Find Entertain
I’m suggesting that when we need a break, we consider the risks, and find ways to entertain ourselves while staying at home. I’ve enjoyed receiving these home entertainment tips weekly via The Guardian Guide: Staying In.
There’s another idea – vacation planning.
if vacation planning is your happy place, Dr. Galanti ( Regine Galanti, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Long Island Behavioral) suggests you “actually think about what you’re trying to achieve.” Why? It could turn out that your fun little pandemic hobby is telling you something useful that you can address. “Maybe what you’re saying is, I need a vacation from work,” Dr. Galanti explains. “Then take three days off even if you are not going anywhere.” When you figure out precisely what you’re looking for, you might be able to find a small socially distanced adventure in your backyard, city, or a drive away. Maybe the need to look at beautiful pictures from far-off places will encourage you to check out the online offerings in museums and cultural institutions worldwide. Vacation planning is a good way to spend some time, but there might be an even better way to get what you’re craving.From Imaginary Travel Plans Are a Pandemic Coping Strategy—Are They Helpful?
And Need A Break? – Look at pictures from vacations past
Some years ago we took a couple of trips to Mahabaleshwar, West India, set in the Western Ghats. These are pictures I took from our room in the resort. Someday soon, we’ll go there again. Until then, we’ll remember the great times we had by looking at the pictures.