Traveling Near and Far While Social Distancing
“One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.” –Carl Sandburg
Ironically, coming together as a community right now means separating ourselves from one another. However, it is important to remember that we can practice social distancing without isolating ourselves. We just need to get creative. Here are some ways I am still living my life from the safety and solitude of my couch.
Visiting friends and family virtually
When social distancing foiled the plans for my weekly happy hour and my cousin’s wedding shower last weekend, we did not cancel—we adapted. FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, and many other applications are great ways to stay healthy and connected. You can even find some of your favorite classic games like Scrabble or Pictionary available in online formats so that game night can go on!
Learning some new geography
How many countries can you name in the world? How many have you never heard of? Even though social distancing can feel can feel restrictive, it is actually a great opportunity to expand your horizons. There are plenty of online quizzes that can test your atlas skills and allow you to discover new places. I like to challenge myself to see just how many countries I can name. There are still some that I have never heard of, but that leaves a chance to research them and learn something new!
Planning a dream adventure
Although we are not sure how long this pandemic will last, so far no news channels are reporting forever. Exploring options for a trip to take once this has all subsided gives my mind a chance to wander to some place I can look forward to visiting…eventually.
Guest Blogger: Caroline Smith
Caroline is the daughter of Visit Ridgeland’s Deputy Director & Director of Sales, Mina Thorgeson. Caroline grew up in the Ridgeland/Madison area and has worked in public education for the last seven years in Nashville, TN. She enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring new places, whether they are in her own city or around the world. Caroline looks forward to her trips home to Mississippi to spend time with family.