I’ve got to be honest, I don’t even know where to start with a post on the future of travel. It’s so hard to know what to do, or even what to say. (Even though I’m one of the travel linkup hosts who pick/suggest the linkup topics every month.)
2020 would have been an amazing year for adventures – we managed to slip a long weekend in Bilbao before lockdown came into effect – and in the first half of the year I had trips booked to Panama, New York, Isle of Wight, New Zealand and Las Vegas – who knows what else could have happened!
But, then, COVID-19 unfolded across the globe, and quite honestly, getting to some of those destinations just didn’t seem to matter. I am so, so sad to miss my Dad’s big birthday celebration – but what can you do? I don’t know when normal life will resume – or if indeed this has hearkened a new age.
I’ve been dreaming up a storm – trying to decide where to go next and reminiscing about all the adventures we’ve been lucky enough to have had in the past. In the meantime we’ve been recreating some of our favourite international dishes at home (above is Hutong’s Dan Dan noodles, below a breakfast fit for a hotel in Paris – I’ve also been enjoying New Zealand specialities) and dreaming of the adventures we’ll get up to.
The tough thing is knowing how to best support the businesses that depend on tourist dollars, both home and away. What are your plans for the next few months? (This feels like a very wishy washy blog post, but at the moment, that’s just where we are in the grand scheme of things.)
I have always been a proponent for exploring your local area and your own country – I’ve been called a permatourist for years due to the way that I love to explore London and England – you can’t beat a London hotel for a cheeky staycation.
We’ve gotten to know our immediate area ridiculously well in the last few months and rediscovered some rather lovely spots less than a 10-minute walk from our house. And, there are some places that have always lurked on my ‘to visit’ list, but never quite made it to the top which needs to be rectified ASAP. I’ll be dusting off my National Trust/English Heritage memberships for sure.
Travel has always been an amazing privilege, and I can’t wait to spread my wings again and explore the world. One day.