AD – This is a collaborative post but all thoughts are my own
We all miss travelling right now. I had loads of small holidays planned this year – albeit all within the UK – and I’m absolutely gutted I wasn’t able to go on them. I was supposed to be running my own well-being retreat, taking my first trip away by myself and spending loads of nice weekends away with my boyfriend, including Shropshire and Silverstone for my birthday. Of course the most important thing is that everyone is safe and well but it’s okay to be sad that your plans for 2020 didn’t happen.
Gosh, it was looking to be such a good year. But right from the get go, things started to go wrong. Can you believe the Australian bush fires were THIS YEAR? They feel like a decade ago at this point. We’re only in June, what else can 2020 throw at us at this point? (Won’t I be kicking myself when Godzilla makes an appearance in July…)
But now is also a good time to dream. It’s a good time to save money. It’s a good time to set goals and intentions for the future. It’s a good time to move forward and think about what we really want. Because I don’t know about you but lockdown and COVID and everything else 2020 has thrown at us has definitely made me reevaluate my priorities and what really matters.
And for so many people, travel and having new experiences is something that really matters. And not being able to travel during this lockdown has only ignited that need to travel even more. It has for me. It’s made me want to finally get out there – after almost a decade of such a severe anxiety disorder that for months at a time, I was too scared to leave my own bed, let alone my house or the country.
So I’m sure so many of you are already starting to think, dream and plan your future travels and experiences. Although none of us really know how long it’ll be before we can travel freely from country to country. I say I hope it won’t be too long but ONLY if it’s safe for everyone to do so. The last thing we want is to be back at square one.
If you’re getting your bucket list filled up with travel experiences for the post-lockdown world, here are some suggestions you might like to add to it:
Go on a cruise
I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise. I love the ocean and the big expanse of it. I also love water, being on water and near water. I’ve always found it very relaxing. And I mean, have you SEEN some cruise ships? Grab your late cruise deals for after lockdown here!
Visit a Disney park
I wrote a whole blog post this month about why I can’t wait to go back to Disney so that’s definitely on my post lockdown travel bucket list and it should definitely be on yours too! There’s also so many different parks to choose from so you’re really not limited to location!
Watch a Grand Prix
Although I haven’t seen a Formula 1 Grand Prix before, I have been to various Motor Racing events and they’re always so good, brilliant days out and wonderful weekends away. There’s so much choice in the Formula 1 calendar of where you can go to watch one, from Britain, Austria, Melbourne, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi and tons more!
Visit more of the UK
Who says travel has to mean leaving the country? It absolutely doesn’t and UK travel is just as valid. I love a staycation – they’re one of my favourite types of holidays and I’ve been on so many over the last few years. Make a point of exploring more of the UK post lockdown, you’ll be amazed at the gems you’ll find.
A Yoga retreat
I experienced my first Yoga retreat back in 2018 and whilst it certainly was a bit out of my comfort zone and not what I expected, I definitely wouldn’t say no to another one. A Yoga or well-being retreat is such an experience, so definitely something to add to your travel bucket list.
Go on a food tour
Foodies, this one is for you! I love my food and I love trying new food wherever I go, so I would absolutely love to do a food tour at some point in my life and it’s definitely something on my travel bucket list. You can do food tours almost anywhere and Food and Baker have TONS of blog posts about their various food tours they’ve experienced!
Visit the location of your favourite movie
Unless that movie is set in like… prison… then this could be a great thing to do once lockdown is over and things are getting back to normal! My favourite movie is The Beach (well actually, my favourite movie is Coraline but I can’t go there) and I’d love to visit the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand and see where The Beach was *sort of* filmed (they’ve closed the ACTUAL beach now due to too much tourism ruining it – boo).
Lapland at Christmas
And ending with this one, who doesn’t want to visit Lapland at Christmas? Is there anything more magical and Christmassy than actually WHERE SANTA LIVES? I think not. I love the cold so I would be in my element at Lapland and yes, I’m 27 and yes, I’ll be visiting Santa.
What’s on your post lockdown travel bucket list? Have any of these points given you inspiration for places to go and things to do when everything is back to normal? Let me know!