Here’s a fun open thread for today: What is your fantasy vacation these days? Where are you itching to go once the pandemic is over? (With all of the consequences of climate change, fires, and more, has anything moved higher on your list?) Another fun question: What are you doing to get your travel fix in the interim?
We recently(ish) discussed the actual 2020 vacation travel everyone was planning that was derailed by the dumpster fire that is this year, as well as the scaled-back actual plans people were making. But we haven’t discussed fantasy trips!
My own fantasy travel in 2020 answers:
I’ve always enjoyed travel, but the pandemic has made me realize how little of it I’ve truly done — we were kind of waiting for the kids to grow up a bit so we could actually enjoy the trips more and not get too stressed over vacation planning. (What do they say, any travel with young children is a trip, not a vacation?)
My own answers are kind of the same ones they’ve been for years, which just shows you how untouched my bucket list is: Bali. Paris, always. Buenos Aires, which one blogging friend told me is like the Paris of the South (pictured at top). If we’re talking “fantasy travel” I’ll add VIP trips to Disney(s) since I don’t think we’ll be going otherwise at this point. I’ll be following everyone’s answers closely!
While the pandemic rages on (and travel as an American is very limited), we’ve been doing a few things to get our travel fix:
- Universal Yums: I decided this was a fun way to do virtual travel with my kids because, let’s face it, we all really like the snacks– the most. Every month, the company picks a foreign country and sends us treats from there. The subscription is $25, and each month we get 8–12 treats. I make the kids learn a bit about the country or its history before we sample the treats; sometimes that’s just YouTube videos. (Here’s my referral link if you’d like to try Universal Yums!)
- Les Mills on Demand (affiliate link): Some of their workouts have been filmed on top of mountains and just off the shore of lakes or bays — there’s drone footage throughout of the instructors doing yoga or kickboxing or whatever against gorgeous vistas. It’s a really tiny taste of travel but sometimes sates that sense of wonder you get from a beautiful view.
- Travel magazines: I’ve never subscribed to a travel magazine but I just decided I want to — what are your favorites, ladies? (My usual research process here would be to go to the bookstore, sit down with 10–15 magazines and pick 1–2 to buy or subscribe to — which I won’t be doing right now, alas.) Awww, here’s our last (long ago!) thread on the best magazine reads.
How about you guys — where will you go on your fantasy vacation?
Stock photo of Buenos Aires via Stencil.