Our world is changing, and us with it. These past few months many of us have been forced to change our lifestyles. We are learning to work from home, and some hate it and really miss the social aspects of their workplace while others love it and thrive in the freedom it provides to choose to work at the time of the day when you are most productive. Because let’s face it, we are all different and the way many schools and workplaces are run only fits a small portion of us. We are also spending less time in town shopping and eating out in order to help flatten the curve and slow down the spread of covid-19.
So what can we do instead?
Read, spend more time with our family playing boardgames or just conversing, paint, craft or pick up some other hobby. Some of us are getting good with plants and their homes are slowly turning into a jungle. Flower shops are one of the businesses that are really thriving right now. But we are taking a step back from over consumption, and I don’t know who said it, but this quote is worth pondering over:
It’s interesting that the economy is crashing because we are only buying what we need
But most of all, those of us that are living in Scandinavia are lucky enough that we have the freedom to roam, and right now we have the opportunity to be outside more than ever. It’s a safe way for us to leave our homes, to get exercise and fresh air and as we do so we learn more about the places we live in, our surroundings and ourselves. Some of us are walking more than ever, others have picked up running. People are biking everywhere and our health, both physically and mentally, as well as the health of the planet is improving.
It’s a tough time for tourism in the gran scheme of things, but local tourism is doing better as people are exploring close to where they live and are finding ways to enjoy life and go on staycations instead of vacations.
This is something I’ve been writing about for a few years now, and I am very excited to see more people go on close by adventures – I hope it’s a change that will last even after this pandemic has been fought off.
Close by adventures are great, and unlike the bigger vacations we normally treat ourselves to they do not cot a fortune. Nor do they need a lot of planning or for you to have a bunch of special gear. Make a sandwich and have lunch in a park or nearby forest, drive out in the evening with some coffee or tea to just look at the world and find a good spot to watch the sun set. Pack some snacks and go for a bike ride with your family or go and play disc golf with friends. A lot of places are offering rentals now when it comes to things like biking, disc golf, camping, sea kayaking or canoeing and you can probably find out where by contacting your local commune or tourism office.
Remember that you do not need to travel far to experience magic.