Staying indoors. Easier said than done, even when you don’t really have a choice. Especially, when you’re that kind of person who’s pretty much outside whenever possible. Yup, that’s me too! In order to provide you with some inspiration, or just something to read – this Monday’s blog post will feature five ways to keep busy when right now the indoors is your sole destination due to the Corona outbreak.

I’ve been working from home for a week now, and I can tell you… it required quite a bit of creativity and adjusting. Nevertheless, I could still consider myself “lucky” since we are currently in semi-lockdown in the Netherlands. This means that, although large group gatherings aren’t allowed (museums, restaurants and gyms are closed) – we are able to go outside unless we remain at 1,5m distance from one another.

However, I do think that we are very much responsible to take care of the elderly, and other vulnerable groups of our society. Being aware of this, I try to remain indoors as much as I can, and limit my outdoor experience to walks (by myself) or grocery shopping.

That said. I’m inside WAY MORE than I usually am. Which means a re-exploration of all things inside.

So here they are, five ways to survive the indoors:

Plan your dream trip

Even though you probably won’t be able to hit the trails in the upcoming months, you might as well plan ahead for when you can! Multi-day hikes, camping trips, micro adventures, or maybe something grand! Perhaps the situation has fired your spirit in such way that you want to explore the possibility of hiking a longer trail like the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, the West Highland Way, or GR20 in Corsica. It’s okay to dream (especially now), so why not dream big!

Organise your hiking pics

Made a ton of pics during your previous hike, haven’t organised them yet? NOW is the time! Whether you want to use them for you IG or blog, or you’re just keeping them to yourself for endless scrolling when you just want to be taken back to those joyous hiking moments, organising your photographs is always a good idea. Not only good to clear the mind, and keep you laptop clean and tidy, indulging in your hiking memories will also put a smile on your face!

Train for the next hike

Remember: the current circumstances are not forever! You’ll thank yourself once this horrible situation is over, and you’re walking back into the outdoors ready AF for your next hike. Legs, abs, back… gotta train ‘m all. No excuses, there’s a ton of online workouts made to get that hiker bod going. So what are you waiting for? Get your ass into gear!

Read your heart out

If you cannot go on an adventure yourself, why not join someone else’s adventure? I mean, read a book. Tracks by Robyn Davidson, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, The Eight Mountains by Paolo Cognetti, Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman… You get the drift. Books take you places. Fantastic alternative, if you ask me.

If all else fails.

If all else fails. Grab your camping gear, stuff it in a bag, walk around up and down your house until you’re knackered, and camp out in the living room. I mean why the f* not?

That was it! Just a few ways to keep you busy and survive the indoors when going outside isn’t an option for you. Hope you’ve find something that’ll help you through these strange times.

Be wise, stay safe & keep in touch.


PS. On a more serious note

Something terrible is happening to our world. And by no means I’m trying to tell you that there isn’t. I’m frightened, as I think many of us are, as it’s unsure how this situation will evolve. Being frightened is okay – we need time to process and adjust to this new reality. Although we have to hold space for our fear, we can hold equal space to explore our life as it is, perhaps start something new, or (re-)connect with others. If we do, something good might come out of it. Love.