How to Not Travel and Still Stay Sane: Ideas For Being Stuck at Home

A sudden and unexpected homestay, no matter the cause (injury, sickness, financial troubles, global emergency…), can really throw a wrench in our plans, not to mention our mental and physical health. 

In these days of social distancing, we’ve turned to our BMT Community to find out how some of them are handling this collective mandate that has landed a lot of people within the four walls they may not be used to spending all that much time in. 

The results are below – an entire list of activities that we could do at any time we feel anxious and stranded at home.

Most importantly, don’t forget to laugh.

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Get Outside! Fresh air is still here for you.

Open your windows, blast some music, sit on your patio, go for a walk/run/hike/bike ride… 

“I’ve been longboarding around my neighborhood (and took my first spill today!) which is a nice way to get fresh air and be outside.” – Alicia B.

“Today we went for a hike. It was pretty quiet out. Trying to stay healthy with exercise and good nutrition.” – January H.

Grow Your Own Plants and Flowers

Get your hands dirty! Get your indoor plants or flower and vegetable gardens up and running.

“Plant a garden. Plant seeds. Get your garden ready and create a paradise in your yard!” – Paige P.

“Gardens! Grow food or flowers that remind you of your favorite places. Lots of work being focused on our back yard!” – Duane B.

Do House Projects

The sooner you do your home improvement projects (even if it’s just cleaning), the sooner you can enjoy the sweet rewards of your hard work in your own home. Home Depot awaits!

“Buy and install a bidet! Home improvement, less waste, and toilet paper shortage solved.” – Paige P.

“I’m actually spending time renovating my house, finally! It’s been in a rather unlivable state for a few months (no kitchen or bathroom!) but I’ve finally got time to dedicate to sorting it all out and making it a home!” – Suzannah S.

Volunteer or Donate

Volunteer your talents and skills for a good cause. Here are two things that BMT community members are doing. Please, share more opportunities in the comments! 

“Write a letter/card and send it to a “mail-needing resident” at a nursing home. In the US, they are protecting them by prohibiting all visitors.” – Molly B.

“I recently joined an online volunteer program for knitting/crocheting nests for wildlife rehabs. Hopefully, I won’t get quarantined, but if I do I’ll be crocheting for baby squirrels!” – Ana L. 

Visit Wildlife Rescue Nests if you’re interested in knitting or crocheting nests. 

Find a Hobby, New or Old

Hobbies are the enjoyable buffers that keep you at a much-needed distance from your work responsibilities, current world events, or other stressors in your life. Dive into your own hobbies, find a new one or dust off the one still sitting in the corner. 

“Bought a 1500-piece puzzle that reminds me of our hot air balloon adventure in Cappadocia, Turkey and plan to put it together with my kids.” – Suzy G.

“I have my guitar sitting here that I started teaching myself about 8 years ago. It might be time to dust it off!” – Mandy B.

Do a Little Bit of Everything!

Keep yourself sane and do a variety of activities every day, as these BMT Community members plan to do. 

“I plan on some self-discovery! Yoga, hikes and doing lots of research for my next trip!” –  Lea M.

“Knit, garden, paper crafting, maybe scrapbook my vacation pictures, read, make a fairy garden, paint, arrange flowers, make soap. Omg, I’m such a girl. Planning a Greek vacation for summer 2021!” – Cristy H.

Learn and Socialize Online

Online entertainment and learning options are innumerable at the moment. Let’s hear it for the world’s creative problem solvers! Here are just some of the opportunities I’ve seen so far:

Plan For Future Travels

There is a big part of travel planning and preparation that needs to happen before you even leave home. Here are some things you can start now:

Before we know it, we’ll be back on that road that calls to us, connecting with each other in all the beautiful corners of the planet. Don’t let your light go out in the middle of the tunnel, you’ve got this! And you’ve got the BMT Community for support if you need it.

What have we missed? What do YOU love to do when you have time on your hands at home?

By Brittany Quaglieri with help from the Budget-Minded Traveler Community

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