I hope that you are all staying safe, healthy, positive and most of all, staying home! I know you’re all travelers and that you are itching to get out, wander, explore, create and discover new things – and I feel you.
But now is the time to stop traveling and just stay home. Use this time to go places. In this space, “Go Places” not only means to travel and explore, but also to inspire others, do things you love, help others, discover new things, push your boundaries and stay positive. During the plague, Isaac Newton stayed home and learned as much as he could. As a result, he discovered gravity!
Go places by staying home. Use this time to appreciate the little things that you have never taken time to notice. This is a time for all of us to go places by taking a breather, staying in (and alive!) and letting our beautiful planet recharge and reset so that it’ll be ready to accommodate our adventures whenever mother nature thinks we’re ready.
In the meantime, take advantage of these times to do some fulfilling things while in isolation.
I know you probably have a bad case of the travel bug right now, and thanks to the wonderful world wide web, the best we can do right now is travel worldwide right from our homes. You can let your wanderlust loose and take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China, step onto royal ground with a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace, or virtually trek up Machu Pichu.
Check out Google’s new World Wonders project which allows you to explore 132 UNESCO world heritage and arts and culture sites from the comfort of your own home. Visit some hidden gems like the quaint town of Ouro Preto, Brazil and get a glimpse of the town church that dates back to the 19th century, stop by Alcalá de Henares and tour the place where writer Miguel de Cevantes was born, visit the caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico or check out this collection of cool libraries from around the world.
If you feel like getting a dose of culture, several museums from around the world are offering virtual tours. Take yourself to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, check out a replica of the Titanosaurus, one of the largest dinosaurs that roamed Brazil, and many other artifacts at Brazil’s Museu Nacional, and tour many other museums such as The British Museum, The Musée d’Orsay in Paris, The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, The Frida Khalo Museum in Mexico and many others – you can start exploring them all here.
Work on yourself
This crisis may be mother nature’s way of telling us that we need to focus on ourselves for a change. We should take time to evaluate our lives and determine whether we’re happy with where we’re at. If you’re often stressed or unhappy, use your time at home to reevaluate your life.
- Make a list of what makes you happy and what doesn’t.
- Then, think about how you could be happier once we all emerge. Talk to friends about it.
- Set some personal goals that will help bring you closer to where you want to be.
- Make a plan that will help you get there.
In our previous post, life & health coach Katelyn Barnes tells her inspiring story of how she overcame unhappiness and anxiety. She’s offering Go Places Now readers a free coaching session so you can start creating the life you want. You can sign up here.
Pursue a passion project
Your way of life should come from your heart, which is surely housing a passion of yours that is eager to step out and help you build a happier lifestyle. If you’ve always wanted to start a website or blog, write a book, start an online business, bake and decorate a lavish cake, start a You Tube channel, paint a mural, build a table, create a new game or code a new program, now is the best time. If you’re creative and need inspiration or motivation to work on a creative project, head to My Creative Break – I’ve been working with this startup that aims to help people pursue their passions and we’d love to have you join in the fun!
Strengthen your relationships with people across the world
The beauty of the Internet is that you can hang out with people virtually more often than in real life. Being home allows you to have more time to call or video chat your family and friends no matter where they are in the world. Share stories, cook together or play games together. You can even host a virtual family dinner or a virtual party using apps like Skype, Zoom or Houseparty. Or, check social media for virtual meetups, events and parties. This Digital Nightclub from my hometown, Montreal, that virtually brings DJs and a club vibe to your house! Personally, I make it a point to connect with at least one person that I haven’t talked to in a long time everyday and check up on my friends in Europe and Asia. I’m also looking forward to attending my first virtual birthday party ever!
Make new connections
The whole world is suffering right now, and everyone is hanging out in the same place – online! If you’re home all day, it’s actually easier to meet people and make friends. If you’re part of any online community, use Zoom to host a virtual hangout of up to 100 people. Chat, share ideas, hold mini challenges, host a hangout where every friend you invite has to invite someone from another country. Or join social media groups to meet like-minded people or people in your industry. Personally, I’ve been enjoying massive Zoom hangouts and getting to know my Instagram followers, so follow along and say hi! If you’ve read my previous posts on my adventures with Unsettled and were intrigued, they are curating some virtual retreats which will allow participants from all over the world to come together, experience new things and help each other out. I’ve joined their Mastermind experience – maybe I’ll see you there?
Find that special person
Love in the time of Coronavirus: single friends, you can now go on a date without ever having to leave your house, or actually meeting your date! But swiping on Tinder is so 2019 – how about an app that matches you with a person whom you can’t meet right now, sets you up on a video date AND texts you to remind you to wash your hands and social distance? Get on with this new kind of dating with a new app called Quarantine Together – you can now sign up to be on their waiting list!
Use the Internet to make a difference
Contribute, save lives, or make someone smile. Some ideas:
- If you like playing games, head to FreeRice.com – here, you can play educational games while making a difference and helping them donate grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Programme.
- If you can stay off your phone for 15 minutes, the Unicef Tap Project will donate a day’s worth of water to a child in need.
- Write a review for businesses that you believe in – many businesses could use your validation right now.
- Virtual volunteering is a thing – volunteer to be an online ambassador for Ark of Hope for Children, to transcribe historical documents for the Smithsonian, or even help researchers predict cyclone behaviour for Cyclone Center. Check out this list of 25 online volunteering opportunities.
- Or at least, offer support to friends and family who need it.
Learn new things
Prepare for future travels by learning a new language with apps like Duolingo or get tutored on iTalki. Learn new work skills by heading to the Hubspot Academy to get certified in different web marketing skills for free. Check out this list of different social media courses, from using Instagram for business to creating Facebook ads. And of course, you can always turn to You Tube to learn to play an instrument, to cook something new or pick up a new hobby. And if you want a structured course, Udemy offers courses on almost every topic you can think of.
If you’ve got a skill that you excel at, why not share them with the world? Teach one of your hobbies or skills or be a virtual tour guide on Konversai. Or, simply make videos and share them on You Tube or other video platforms. Teach your language to students across the world on iTalki. Or, teach English to kids in Asia on VIPKid – you can get coached by me for this here.
Get into shape
Even though we’re supposed to be quarantining, it’s good to get some exercise to stay healthy, and in shape – anyone else plan on flying to a beach as soon as we’re allowed to? Take a walk outside if you can, or workout or dance to your favorite music at home. Many gyms and studios have closed for quarantine, but are still offering classes online. Check if your local gyms and dance studios are offering classes on their website, or You Tube, Facebook and Instagram pages. For example, Planet Fitness Canada has been doing some live “work-ins.” If you feel like some upbeat cardio / hip-hop dance fitness, POPSUGAR Fitness has some fun ones. Cielo Studios posts variety of fitness classes on their Facebook page and Latin Groove Dance School live streams fitness and latin dance classes for all levels.
Last but not least, be grateful and know that will pass. Start your day by writing down things that you’re grateful for, no matter how small they are. Research has shown that people who do this increasingly get happier. You’ll learn to not sweat the small things and focus on the positive side of things. We’re all going through a less-than-pleasant time right now. The best thing we can do for ourselves, and for the people around us is to appreciate and keep reminding ourselves of the little things we have that others don’t.
What will you do while in isolation? Share your favorite activities and links below!
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