Whether you live in Milan, Italy where international borders have shut down or you live in small town America where there are no reports of COVID-19 (the coronavirus that’s freaking people out currently), your hometown is being impacted. People are losing jobs due to the mass travel bans. Schools are shutting down in nearby towns (I live in one suburb, but schools haven’t shut down here yet, though they have 3 miles away).
But there are some things you can do, even if things have been shutting down near you. Use your brain, obviously, and don’t hang out in strongly affected areas, don’t shutter yourself in with someone who has the virus, and don’t just go around touching everything and then touching your face. Common sense should dictate all this.
Instead, try these things to help the economy, if your own livelihood isn’t being torn to shreds by the shut-downs.
- If you’ve got an urge to travel but bans are deterring you, travel locally instead. If you live in a suburban area, don’t just hang out in your own suburb, try out some of the other small towns near you. You might just be surprised at what you find.
- Visit attractions that crowds have fled – you’ll have the whole place to yourself!
- Walk through your own downtown area – you may discover some boutiques, restaurants, and other goodies you had no idea existed.
- Read your favorite travel bloggers’ content. We benefit from having readers, even if you’re not looking to book travel, buy gear, or anything else.
- Or shop online for travel gear and essentials. If you know of a good blog that suggests great products, shop through their affiliate links. Otherwise, look for boutiques and personally owned shops online as much as possible to help those hurting, rather than the mass producers and sellers like Amazon and Walmart. (But that works, too! Delivery folks get to keep their jobs this way.)
- Go to that restaurant in your own hometown – you know, the one you keep saying you’ll try but never have.
As you adventure around home, do be sure to use sanitizer, wash your hands frequently, avoid physical contact with strangers, etc. Again, let common sense take over, instead of panic or a lack of sense.