Travel Where You Are

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

I know exactly where you are as you are reading this. Most likely, you are also where I am in this moment. On your comfy couch, dressed as comfortably as you can, in your pajamas or a robe. This year has not exactly transported us anywhere except in our minds and in our spirits, has it?

We all feel stuck. 

But I don't want dwell on all that. Our new situation is allowing us to change our way of doing so many things. And most likely, things will not get better anytime soon. We will not have the freedom that we crave for. Not in the foreseeable future at least.

But if most aspects of our lives are not within our control, a few other things are. You can still choose and decide for yourself. Here are a few things we can do today to lift our spirits a bit and make things slightly more bearable.

Wear your Most Frivolous Dress

Even if it's just for you, in your living room, or for that boy across the street who can see you from his window. Let's not forget how a piece of clothing can somehow make us feel so good even with just the way it hugs our body. Wear something that reflects your wonderful personality and style, and you will look sexy. Or something that reminds you of a place or a person. Impress yourself even as you stay comfortable. 

Everyone likes to look good, and the stereotype of women twirling in front of the mirror for hours, in search of the perfect outfit, is as real as it gets. The sexiness of a dress does not depend on how expensive it is, but whether you feel like a million bucks walking around in it! Even a cheap long dress that is well-accessorised and worn with attitude will make you stand out and look sexy. And while we're at it, why not cook yourself something special?

Make your Favorite Childhood Dessert

Coming from Southeast Asia, if I were to make something sweet from home, there would definitely be glutinous rice, coconut milk and brown sugar. Most recently, I've been making some sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves and drizzled with coconut caramel. But you sure can make anything you want that reminds you of your carefree days as a child.

Write How You Feel

Writing can be such a cathartic experience. Even if it's just in your journal, let your feelings flow into the page. Better yet, write to your favorite travel buddy. Reminisce about past travels and start plotting new ones.

Play That Song

We all have that playlist. All those songs we played over and over again during our travels. Music can bring back so many good memories. Find those songs, sing them, share them with the friends you've traveled with. Even if we can't travel now, we can always replay the memories or plan for our next escape when the dust settles.

Get that Book

As our dear Emily said "There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away." Most recently, I've been reading books from where I have traveled before. On my bedside is The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It's not exactly light reading but it is truly engaging and it has given me a totally different perspective of Vietnam

I hope you can try out my suggestions of how we can transport ourselves even as we remain in our living rooms. If you have anything to share in this light, please comment below. 

Stay safe, support your loved ones, and travel in your own space.

We're all in this together,
Sole Sister Lois

*Main photo credit: cottonbro

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