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8 Travel-Related things to do when you cannot travel

It’s a very difficult time right now, for most of the people in the world. We are bound to stay home and hope that this situation lasts for the shortest time possible. However we must be realistic and admit that overseas travel won’t be possible any time soon. My way of coping is to remember past travels and get ready for when I will be able to start a new adventure. Here is what I have been up to for the last month or so …

3. Watch vlogs, movies and documentaries

The content here is not an issue; you are just spoilt for choice. Let me just mention my favourite picks. Favourite Documentaries - Any BBC Earth Series, Favourite Travel Vlogger: Oliver Astrologo, Movies: Eat, Pray, Love. I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments section below.

6. Learn a new foreign language

Deep down I was and always will be a language lover. When we travel it is one of the things that excites me the most. Trying to decipher foreign words is so thrilling for me. Having said this there are still numerous episodes when I got lost in translation, like when we tried to order a bottle of red wine in Germany but we did not know the colours or when we asked what the food we were ordering was in Thai street market. I try to avoid these situations as much as possible.

I try to learn a few words in the local language prior to our trips and when possible I try to keep contact. For those of you who did not know I have graduated from University as a Teacher of Italian and French and I also speak Spanish (apart from English and Maltese). I learned some Portuguese and my latest big challenge is Japanese. How to easily do it? I use Duolingo as a start. It is free and very easy to use! But it is not enough - reading, watching movies/tv series, listening to local radio and songs are the best ways to learn a language.

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8. Go through past travel photos and print them

I am far behind in this job! I have hundreds of thousands of photos, they are all nicely organised in folders and numbered according to the year, but I never have the time to print them. I really wish to print some wall art with photos from around the world to decorate my home. Moreover I never have any time to print photo albums. Now is the right time to do so!

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