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7 Ways to Feel Like You’re on a Vacation (Social Distancing Style)

by Fatin Hafizah. |


Like many of you, my travelling plans this year has come to a halt. I would be lying if I said that it didn’t bum me out, but I refuse to let it stop me from enjoying the little things. If you’re feeling the same way, worry not! Here are some ways that can help you ease your travel itch while still practising social distancing.


1. Learn a new recipe



One of the best ways to experience another culture is through food. For an enhanced experience that will make you feel like you are vacationing in another country, try a foreign recipe instead of a local one. Challenge yourself to try and make Ratatouille and voila, you will immediately be transported to France! However, learning a local recipe is fun too. Just because it is easily available, does not mean you are not allowed to learn it. Just for fun, why not try making your very own stir-fried spicy noodle? It’s everyone’s favourite and who knows, the recipe might turn out to be a success and you won’t have to pay for another plate of mee goreng mamak anymore.


2. Join an online yoga or meditation course


If you have always wanted to join a yoga course but could not find the time to, now’s the time to enrol yourself in one. Due to the pandemic, a lot of yoga studios are taking another approach by offering their classes online to keep their business afloat. Not only is it great for your health, but you will also be able to connect with people from around the world. For an easy but reliable search, sites such as Tripaneer and Eventbrite are the perfect go-to sites if you wish to take an online yoga or meditation course and because it is done virtually, the prices are relatively lower than a usual yoga course. Staying healthy and easy on the pocket? Count me in!


3. Travel virtually

For all the culture enthusiasts, this one is for you. Google Arts & Culture has partnered up with multiple museums and art galleries to bring the holiday to you. From museums to art galleries, you can simply visit these places at the comfort of your couch and no to mention, it is free! With just one click away, you will be able to experience all sorts of different tours that are both enriching and fun. My personal favourite would be the Van Gogh Museum and library tours. There are a lot of museums and art galleries to be explored and until we can all travel safely again, these virtual tours will have to do.


4. Spa day


As cliché as it is, a spa day is a must as everyone needs to pamper themselves once in a while. If you have a partner, now is the perfect time to learn how to give massages. If you live alone, indulge yourself in a long hot shower or a fun bubble bath session. To amp up your spa day, try dry-brushing before you get into the shower. Dry-brushing has been proven to exfoliate and increases blood flow. All you need is a bristle body brush.


Steps to dry-brush:

  • Choose a brush that is gentle on your skin

  • Always start from your feet to your chest area

  • Use a circular motion or firm small strokes while moving it upwards

  • Be sure to do it gently


Aside from that, you can also give yourself a lymphatic-body massage. This routine can be incorporated into your shower time or after. Lymphatic-body massage is simply the act of massaging your body. If you wish to do it after your shower, it is highly recommended to use body oil or lotion for it. Watch this video for a more thorough explanation of lymphatic-body massage.


5. Explore new restaurants or try picnicking


Elevate your dining experience by trying out new restaurants near you. Be bold in your choices and pick food that you would never pick! When the weather is nice, take yourself out for a picnic. A little bit of fresh air goes a long way. Pack yourself a fun picnic basket filled with sardine sandwiches, chicken pasta salad or even something as simple as chips and dips and head out for a fun and relaxing picnic day.


Here are some places you can go for a picnic:

  • Perdana Botanical Garden - it houses a number of smaller gardens so you can also enjoy a fun and romantic stroll

  • Titiwangsa Lake Garden - this is my personal favourite as it has a scenic view of the city which includes our very own Istana Budaya

  • Serendah Recreational Waterfall - if you’re feeling a little adventurous, arrange your picnic at a waterfall. It is one hour away from Kuala Lumpur which makes it the perfect place for you to escape the busy city life


6. Movie night

No vacation is complete without a movie night. To heighten up your movie night experience, what you first need to do is create the mood. Put out cosy blankets, dim the light and make your favourite snacks for you to munch on while watching the movie. Another trick to set it apart from your usual movie night is to choose movies that are not Hollywood movies. Try choosing French, Italian or Indonesian films. For example, you can try watching Kartini, an Indonesian film that is now available on Netflix. Not only it is a foreign film but it is also educational and there is nothing better than learning about other people’s culture to make you feel like you are on a holiday. If you don’t want to stay in, go to the newly launched drive-in cinema. The idea is relatively new here in Malaysia, so if you have always been curious about it, head on over there and take your movie night to the next level.


7. Watch theatre performances

If movie nights are too mainstream for you, try watching theatre performances. Due to the pandemic, a lot of theatre houses have put their shows on YouTube. If you missed The Phantom of the Opera that was streamed on YouTube in April, fret not! Other theatre performances are waiting for you. Try watching Tangled or Aladdin if you need a sprinkle of Disney to your Sunday night. If you are into ballet, I highly recommend Swan Lake by Opera de Paris. Give theatre shows a shot and trust me, you will not regret it!


As you can see, there are a lot of things we can do until we can all travel safely again. All we have to do is look at things from another perspective and make the best of what we got. Don’t let anything stop you from enjoying the little joys in life. I hope you find this list helpful in reminding you that we are still free to explore—just in a slightly different manner. Happy exploring, wanderers!

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