The world has been fighting the novel coronavirus for almost three months now. At the time of writing, according to the World Health Organisation’s 74th Situation Report, there are more than 972, 300 confirmed COVID-19 cases with over 50, 320 deaths worldwide. There are confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in around 180 countries and territories across the globe and over 226,000 people have recovered from the virus so far.

As the world fights this war, social distancing, working remotely and staying at home as much as possible are becoming the new ways of life. The virus is deemed highly contagious and to contain spread through contact, almost the entire world is in self-isolation or quarantine.

Staying at home is difficult but the responsible thing to do


At Travel Wanderlust, most of our team works remotely, and many of us are digital nomads– used to backpacking across Asia and the rest of the world, but in this time of global crisis, we are all staying put and you should too. However, pausing everything “normal” about everyday life and staying home all day takes a bit of an adjustment. While it is difficult for everybody, one can only begin to imagine the life of a wanderlust who is used to exploring new places all year round.

We understand that it can be hard to maintain your sanity with everything going on around the world, and no travel plans in the near future to look forward to. So, to help our fellow travellers distract themselves from all the negativity, we have come up with this survival guide for globetrotters in the time of coronavirus.

If you are bitten by the travel bug in the time of social distancing, this article will tell you how you can satisfy your wanderlust cravings while sitting at home:

Embark on digital journeys while binging travel shows


Who says you cannot explore the world in the age of social distancing? Well, really, you can’t, but digitally – you can! Today, there is no shortage of amazing travel shows available to stream online anytime, anywhere. From vlogs on YouTube to documentaries on Netflix – you can watch fun travel shows while social distancing and explore the world on your TV screen. Some of my personal favourites include ‘Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father’, ‘The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes’ and ‘Street Food’ — all available on Netflix.

Discover new places with travelogues

There cannot be a better time to read than now, and for a traveller, it is imperative to read travelogues and learn from the experiences of fellow globetrotters. If you haven’t yet read books like Tony Horwitz’s ‘Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Hook Has Gone Before’, ‘Bill Bryson’s African Diary’, and Michael Palin’s ‘Pole to Pole’, this probably is the best time to read these inspiring travelogues.

Take an online photography course


Photography and travel go hand in hand. The joy of documenting your experiences as you explore the world is unmatched. Use this free time to take an online course on photography. From Udemy to Skillshare, many online learning websites offer photography courses that will prepare you for your next trip post-quarantine.

Save up for that dream destination

Since you are not travelling right now, this brings an opportunity to save up on those weekend getaways and short trips that you would’ve taken on otherwise, and plan that one big holiday that you’ve always wanted. Save up all the money and keep it ready for your dream destination. I want to go see the Northern Lights once all of this is over, how about you?

Organise your travel photographs and videos

When was the last time you sat down to look at all your old travel pictures and videos? Use this time to not only browse through those old files and relive those amazing memories but also manage and organise your folders chronologically. Take back-ups and delete those repetitive selfies that you took to get one perfect picture atop that hill!

Start your travel blog


How many times have you thought this before? I travel a lot, spend so much money- maybe I should start a travel blog.

Well, now is the time. Decide what medium you want to explore and start working on it. Do you want to set up an Instagram account dedicated to your travel or do you want to start writing about your experiences– go for it!


We urge all Travel Wanderlust readers across Asia and the world to abide by the social distancing and lockdown measures implemented by your respective authorities. Stay indoors, and if you have to go out, wash your hands every time you come back. We are all in this together, and we hope these hacks will help you get through this difficult time. Stay safe and stay sane!

A version of this article was first published on Travel Wanderlust. Follow Travel Wanderlust for fun travel guides and more!

By Surabhi Pandey

Surabhi Pandey, a former Delhi Doordarshan presenter, is a journalist currently based in Singapore. She is the author of ‘Nascent Wings’ and ‘Saturated Agitation’ and has contributed to over 15 anthologies in English and Hindi in India and Singapore. She writes on topics related to lifestyle and travel and is an active reporter on the tech startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia. She is the editor and founder of The Vent Machine.

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