Essays & Observations


ss-binge-openerDaydreaming of Travel During a Global Pandemic

Memories of past travel adventures might be our best refuge during critical quarantine hours.

Boredom, anxiety, fear. This is not the ideal cocktail of emotions we want to be sipping when it comes to getting comfortable with Covid-19 quarantine. This particular cocktail doesn’t come with a straw, or a colorful umbrella, nor is it served by beautiful staff from a four star hotel located on white sand beaches.

Travel is probably the last thing on your mind, and well it must be while living through the arc of this contagion, but it may be your best escape.

Travel lovers, vacationers and diehard adventurists, you still have options.

Your past travel adventures are free of risk and you may enjoy them again and again without fear. By taking time to create space for daydreaming about exotic destinations, or sharing photos, and memories of the best vacation you’ve ever taken with family or friends, you’ll get the mini-vacation you desperately need.

Perhaps you think it might be cruel to delve into the memory of past travels or the hope of future adventures when the trip you planned and paid for has been freshly canceled, but I assure you, a daydream travel trip can be very therapeutic. And if you’re anything like me, you can’t stomach another news conference, so turn off the t.v. and get busy. You’ve got a trip to plan.

Remember all those pictures and video clips from travel events you promised yourself you’d organize? Well, it’s time to get to it! Compile and organize these files into one or several short slideshows. Brief collages, specifically themed, might work best since most of our attention spans are likely shorter than usual. But, you do you, and create what feels best. And don’t forget the music! Choose something uplifting, indigenous music from your travel destination or music which triggers memories of your trip.

For example, if you’re putting together a short slide show from your last Caribbean vacation, use island music or reggae. Adding music will effectively energize your travel daydream, or instantly transport you back to some of your cherished travel destinations.

Combining imagery and music is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal for shifting our emotions, especially in our current situation.

Remember, we still have choices. We can hunker down in complete fear or we can open a treasure chest of travel memories stored in our hearts and minds and take a fantasy trip to a destination at the top of our bucket list.

Doing a few simple things, like taking a travel daydream, or sharing a slideshow will give you a break from the current crisis and may make it easier for you to navigate the emotional quagmire of quarantine while staying put.

Be kind. Be well. Be adventurous.

©SLK, 2020 All rights reserved.


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