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11th May, 2020

Skills to take on your next trip

With the current lockdown in effect, many people are left stuck inside - unsure of when the restrictions will be lifted. Though it's still uncertain when people will be able to go out and travel again this year, now is the perfect time to commit to learning a new skill or hobby which could help to enrich your next adventure in 2021.

If you are an avid traveller, there are a number of skills that you can be picking up that will be a perfect fit when it comes time to set sail for your next holiday.

With that in mind, these are some of the hobbies that you can learn more about from within your own home, ready to be taken with you on your trips next year.

1. Photography

A woman taking a photo on her camera in the garden

We all love taking photos when we go abroad. It's the perfect way to capture memories that you can look back on for years to come. If you want to take it one step beyond the typical smartphone photo, maybe it's time to learn a few photography tips.

Most smartphones these days have a high quality camera, but getting a digital camera is also a really nice investment for those who really want to have full control over their pictures 

While taking photos of birds in the garden, or even taking pictures within your own home, may not be entirely comparable to taking photos of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but you can still learn how to use focus, lighting, aperture and shutter speed, which will enable you to take masterful pictures with ease when you do next travel.

2. Learn a new language

A man using a tablet with headphones at home

We all know the stereotype about British people and their language skills (or lack thereof). Now is the perfect time to change that. Learning new languages can really make life easier when you travel, not to mention making it easier to connect with the people who live there.

There are some great websites and apps to help you learn new languages, such as Duolingo and Babbel, that are definitely worth checking out. We put together a guide around learning a new language while in lockdown, so if you’re thinking about brushing up on your Spanish or learning a little German, check out our tips.

3. Making videos

A man making a video on his smartphone

Though this is similar to photography, learning how to film and edit footage is another great skill, and one that, because of the popularity of smartphones, is much easier than you might think.

Most phones come with free video editing tools built-in, so just having a play on them can be a good way to familiarise yourself with the process - allowing you to capture much more of your holiday. What better way to remember your holiday and share it with friends and family!

4. Meditating

A woman meditating

Meditation is a very worthwhile endeavour which can really help your mental health, but it does take some practice. Downloading an app like Headspace or Calm is a good way to get started, and once you have it all figured out, you can take these practices with you next time you go on holiday.

Meditating in your own home is one thing, but doing it on a sunny beach or a serene mountain top in another country can help you to find a whole new level of inner peace.

5. Painting

A woman sitting at an easel painting flowers

With many people turning to crafts to keep busy whilst in their own homes, now is the perfect time to get a painting set and try it out for yourself. There are some excellent guides on YouTube covering everything from still lifes to landscapes. Simply load up one of these and follow their steps, and it should leave you with some lovely art that you can use to decorate your home, or maybe even send to friends and family.

Once travelling is allowed again, you can take these new skills with you - painting some of the wonderful landscapes, breathtaking monuments, or even delicious foods that you encounter whilst travelling.

Those were some of our favourite skills to pick up at the moment to keep you busy, keep your mind sharp, and get ready for your next trip across the globe - whether that’s in 2021 or further in the future.

If you have any tips or tricks that you’ve learned, or if there are any hobbies you’ve picked up during the last few months that you’d recommend, make sure to let us know over on Facebook - the Not Going Out Club has got to stick together!

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.