The first quarter of 2020 has been one of the roughest times in recent years. Not just for China, the United States, and other countries majorly hit by the pandemic, but all other countries that had infected people. Because of COVID-19, some countries were forced to implement lockdowns and community quarantines.
The damage was unimaginable. Economies were gravely affected. Thousands of businesses closed resulting to thousands of people losing their jobs. And due to lockdowns being imposed and the fear of contracting the virus, people are staying at their homes 24/7.
It’s easy to say that these times have been really stressful for everyone. And though we don’t know yet when this will end, we can already see a light at the end of the tunnel as some countries are flattening the curb. With this, we all deserve to destress and unwind right after the pandemic. Here are the best things that you could do once lockdowns and quarantines have been lifted from your country or community.
Meet with Some Friends and Family
Since this pandemic has forced you to stay at home, you’re probably seeing the same faces every day with your family or roommates. Or if you’re living alone, you’re probably looking to socialize as being alone can take a toll on you mentally. After COVID-19, it is definitely a good idea to meet up with some friends or relatives that you haven’t seen during the lockdown.
While you may be able to communicate with them through social media and other video conferencing software like Zoom and Google Meet, there is nothing like meeting and chatting with friends and relatives over a nice cup of coffee or barbeque in the backyard.
Although take note that mass gatherings are still to be avoided. So if you’re planning meetups with friends and relatives, it might be good to limit your party to a few people at a time. After all, you’ll have lots of time to meet them in the new normal.
Plan a Staycation
Traveling will be forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. And if you don’t know what a staycation is yet, you better check it out because most of your future travels will be this one. Staycation is a vacation that is spent close to your home. This means that you are staying at a local hotel or checking out local tourist attractions.
The reason is international travels will have stricter rules and regulations after how the COVID-19 virus spread through travelers. Now, staycation will be your best bet if you want to do some traveling after COVID-19 to destress and unwind.
It might sound bad but there are a lot of good things about it. The first one is a lower budget. Since you’ll be staying at local hotels or Airbnb, you won’t have to spend a lot on transportation. You’ll spend a lot less going to a nearby city or any province within your country of origin. It is also a way of supporting local tourism as they are one of the most terribly affected by the pandemic due to travel restrictions.
Staycation also involves a lot of just staying in your room. You could do some activities with your family. Or if you’re alone, you could use this time to catch up with your favorite shows or video games. This is definitely enjoyable especially if you are one who uses alone time as a way to destress and unwind.
Plan a Trip to Less Visited Tourist Spots
Visiting tourist spots that are not popular is a great way of relaxing after the pandemic. It gives you a relaxing peace and quiet and also safety. The COVID-19 virus is transmitted from one person to another through body fluids or physical touch. Which means you would want as less contact with other humans as possible. Things will ease up but having absolute 0 cases in any country will take a while. So if travel to one city to another is allowed in your country, you would want to plan your trips to low-volume areas.
You might want to opt for lesser-known beaches and parks. Or you might want to try trekking on lesser-known trails and experience nature to destress and unwind. Not only does this allow you to enjoy peace and quiet but also it is a good time for discovery and exploration. You will be surprised by how much you haven’t explored yet in your country and all of that while being safe from the virus.
Take note that while you are able to go out, socialize, and do some traveling, there is still a possibility that you could be infected as long as there are positive cases. Be sure that you follow safety protocols always like wearing faces masks, disinfecting your hands, and following social distancing procedures not only to protect yourself from the virus but also to avoid spreading it. Enjoy your free time!