The past year has been a tricky one for travelers, with most of us stuck at home for the duration of the pandemic. But hope lurks around the corner as vaccines are distributed around the world—travel will be back and better than ever before we know it. Instead of just daydreaming about your next adventure while you await that day, consider developing your travel skills while you’re at home. After all, planning is critical when it comes to traveling. Discovering new hobbies and streamlining your planning and gear will open a world of opportunity while teaching you how to be a better traveler.
Discover New Hobbies from the Comfort of Home
Learning a new hobby while traveling is always a good idea, but as we’re waiting for travel to resume after the pandemic, you can start researching different activities online while you’re still at home. Start by thinking about activities that might interest you, whether that’s fly fishing, rock climbing, or scuba diving, then start searching online to learn everything you can about those activities. You can even Google adventure tour operators who specialize in those activities around the globe, as some of them might even offer online lessons to help you prepare while you’re still at home. In discovering these new hobbies, you might be inspired to book a trip you never dreamed of before.
If you’re not interested in outdoorsy, active hobbies, consider learning a new language, diving deep into the history and culture of a place you want to visit, or taking cooking classes to investigate a new cuisine. Online learning has never been easier, so leverage those opportunities to enrich your knowledge base to help you be a better traveler.
Practice Your New Hobbies Before You Hit the Road
After finding new hobbies that you love, it’s time to practice those skills at home. Learn to adapt your new hobbies to areas near home as a means of practice for future trips. Casting a fly fishing rod in a grassy park, for example, will prepare you for the moment when a bonefish crosses your path on a river. You can also practice scuba diving or snorkeling in a pool before heading out for the wide blue sea. And even if you can’t practice specific skills for your newly acquired hobby, you can still train in the gym to up your fitness levels after a year of spending time at home.
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