Most of us have been cooped up inside for a while now, doing our part to flatten the curve. We’ve had weeks inside to do all the things we’ve been putting off, or to better ourselves with all this free time. But if you’ve been procrastinating even in quarantine, it’s about time you tackle those goals before the world goes back to some kind of normal. Read on to discover the 15 things you should do before #isolife ends!
Travel the world from your kitchen
Whether you’re a certified master chef or a rookie in the kitchen, why not have a go at some of the vacay meals you remember most. Bring back those warm summer nights by the Italian Riviera eating homemade pasta, fresh caught octopus in a little Greek seaside restaurant or hand rolled sushi in the bustling city of Tokyo.
Become your best self
Unleash your abs
Netflix and chill out
No doubt you’ve spent your fair share of time flicking through Netflix by now, who hasn’t?! Before we all return to the outside world, make sure you get to these must-watch series if you haven’t already. Here’s our selection of some of the most iconic shows of all time and brand new docos to get stuck into while you’ve got some down time:
- Money Heist
- How to Get Away with Murder
- Prison Break
- Stranger Things
- Breaking Bad
- Self Made
- Tiger King
- Don’t F**k With Cats
Namastay at home
Transport yourself to your next vacay
Keep it cosy but cute
All this time spent at home calls for a refresh of your cosy clothes wardrobe. No doubt your pyjamas have been on rotation since isolation started, so why not switch it up a bit. Whether you’re in need of a sexy silk slip or some lazy loungewear, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up our favourite sleep and loungewear labels that’ll leave you feeling silky smooth.
Practice plant-based eating
Up your bargame
Sip your way around the globe with a taste of iconic cocktails that’ll take you from your kitchen to Peru with homemade Pisco Sours, spicy Margaritas that transport you to Tulum or iconic Bellinis that will have you dream of your next trip to Venice. You might not be able to hop on a plane to these places for a while yet, but who says you can’t travel the world with a little imagination and a cocktail shaker. Check out @stirandstrain and @gastronomista_ for cocktail recipes and even more inspiration.
If your routine has turned into staying up until 2am and waking up at noon, it’s time to reset your body clock so you’re ready for reentry into the outside world. To get into good habits and maximise your productivity, there are a bunch of habit tracking and planning apps, like Habit and MinimaList, that you can use in and out of quarantine to organise your day.
Get your glow on
It’s probably been a while since you’ve worked on your tan lines poolside or by a beach somewhere, but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve a sun-kissed glow. Emerge from isolation looking like you’ve spent two months on a tropical island, rather than indoors on the couch. One of our favourite self-tanning brands to get your glow on at home is Elle Effect by Elle Ferguson. We’ve teamed up with Elle Effect to give The Asia Collective readers 20% off when they use the code HOLIDAYEE at checkout.
Travel the world through webcam
It’s unlikely we’ll ever see the world this empty again. So why not spy on some of the most iconic landmarks around the globe with Skyline live video cams, from the Grand Canal in Venice to the Pantheon in Rome, all the way to New York City and the Maldives.
Make like Marie Kondo
Learn a language
Maybe you have plans to visit France, Bali or Mexico! Get in some language practice before your next overseas holiday with Duolingo. You probably won’t be fluent by the time iso is over, but you should be able to say a sentence or two when ordering a drink or chatting to locals!
All dressed up with no where to go
Who doesn’t like playing dress up?! Put your hair and makeup skills to the test by trying out some new looks at home. Get a little inspo from @lifeofkellydawn and @lasemaineparis so you can up your iso selfie game. The best part is, you’ll have plenty of time to perfect your new looks before showcasing them to the world.
Whatever you do to keep you busy in iso, pair it with our #HouseHoliday playlist and take your mind from your couch to far away destinations.