Stuck at home when where you really want to be is miles away exploring new sights, sounds, and experiences in your beloved RV? We get it. You were meant to be an explorer. You are someone who likes to be the driver’s seat in your life, charting new courses and reaching new destinations. But what if you could explore nature’s bounty without leaving your home?
You can! It may not be the same; but bringing your favourite places to you can help reduce the loneliness that often comes with self-isolation and social distancing. Try these things to transform your home into a travel-inspired home oasis during your time of isolation.
Cook or Learn to Cook Your Favourite Cuisines
Canada has a rich culinary diversity that is fun to explore when travelling. That doesn’t mean you can’t experience for yourself during the days when you’re stuck at home. Whether your taste buds prefer the Cuisine of Quebec, Acadian cuisine, Inuit cuisine, or some of the traditional Pacific Northwest dishes, you can learn to make them yourself during your isolation.
You may rediscover forgotten culinary talents or develop new ones along the way —and you get to enjoy some scents and tastes you miss when you’re unable to travel. If you’re really adventurous in your travels you may even be inspired to try cuisines from further south, such as Mexican, Cajun, Creole, Tex-Mex, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, or Southern barbecue. Your kitchen can be a portal to the world.
Bring Your Favourite Places into Your Home
During your RV travels, it’s likely that some places have won your heart a little more than others. Whether you have a deep love for the mountains, prefer quiet lakeside moments, favour camping in the woods, or can’t get enough of the rocky coastlines and sandy coves, there are things you can do to bring those places into your home.
For instance, if your first love is the ocean, you could transform your living room into a sea-lover’s dream with driftwood decorations, shells you’ve collected from your travels, large photographs of your cherished harbours or ocean views, and sea-scented candles to set the mood. Try cooking your favourite seafood dishes to complete the experience.
Transform Your Backyard into a Travel Experience in Itself
RVing is one of those activities that can be as luxurious or basic as you choose to make it. Some like all the creature comforts of home when on the road, while others like the experience of “roughing it.” However, you prefer to enjoy your travels, you can have the best of both worlds by taking your journey to your backyard.
It can be as simple as a fire pit in your backyard where you can roast marshmallows and hot dogs. You don’t even have to invest in fancy seating. Use the same folding chairs you take with you when RVing.
Don’t Forget the Music
Travel experiences involve all the senses. It’s not just sight, sounds, tastes, and smells. It’s also the sounds of your preferred travel destinations. If you typically travel close to home, Canada has a rich history of music to explore that includes Caribbean music, Inuit music, French-Canadian music, as well as music of the various immigrant communities. The Internet makes it easy to explore the many cultures represented in Canadian music, or you can explore music from other exotic cultures, such as Cuban music, blues, zydeco, mariachi, and more.
Ultimately, there are endless options available to you to take you beyond your four walls without ever leaving your home. These are just a few simple ways you can transform your home into a travel-inspired oasis for yourself and your family during these uncertain times of self-isolation and social distancing. In fact, doing these things may help you feel a little more connected to the communities, and the world, around you.