With the lockdown, isolation, quarantines, and social distancing currently taking place, now is a tough time to plan travel. There is so much uncertainty over when things will return to normal that it’s just not really possible to work out many of the details of your future trips. But things will return to normal at some point, so there’s absolutely no reason you can’t keep dreaming about that fantasy destination, and there’s actually a lot that you can do to get ready for that trip even without working out the dates and logistics.
It’s easier than ever today to immerse yourself in elements of a foreign culture without even leaving your own home. You can do this exploration passively through books, music, and film, or actively through language learning, cooking, and connecting with people. Either way, getting this kind of exposure will make sure that future you is not just another tourist. Here are our top ways to prepare yourself to be a better traveler when the coronavirus crisis passes.