To protect ourselves and the NHS from Covid-19, these past few months have been focused on what we can’t do as a nation – namely leave the house for non-essential reasons.
Life as we know it has changed completely, but that does not mean we can’t look forward to a world where coronavirus no longer exists. Therefore, as the lockdown restrictions begin to ease, now is the perfect time to start thinking about everything and anything you would like to do, from the little luxuries of life that we previously took for granted to more extravagant adventures.
For those in desperate need of inspiration, or just mildly curious about my plans, here’s my post lockdown bucket list.
Reunite With Family And Friends
Need I say more? As nice as it is to finally be able to meet-up outside in groups of 6, providing social distancing is respected, it’s not so nice to have to say goodbye without giving your family and/or friends a hug, and don’t even get me started on how difficult it is to get a group photo with everyone 2m apart.
I think most of us are guilty of taking the time we spend with our nearest and dearest for granted, but after spending months without seeing them in person, I’m sure I speak for more people than just myself when I say that will not be the case ever again.
After staying home for what feels like forever; cancelling a day trip to York, a weekend in Edinburgh and a short break in Filey; as well as postponing my summer holiday to Rhodes, travel is definitely high on my post lockdown bucket list. Whether it be for a domestic or international break, as soon as the FCO lifts the restrictions on travel, I will be packing my suitcase, booking one of the first package holidays I find, and enjoying a well deserved change of scenery.
Buy A House
Despite browsing Rightmove religiously on the run up to and during the Covid-19 pandemic, my housing search was effectively paused as a direct consequence of lockdown, with all property viewings and non-essential moves placed on hold. May 13th saw the property market reopen for business, but sellers seem reluctant to sell in the current climate and buyers like me are even more reluctant to view houses in person. Viewings aside, I’m also very conscious that I may not be able to get a mortgage for my dream house while on furlough and would therefore like things to get back to normal asap.
Celebrate My Birthday
Prior to Covid-19, I was planning on meeting up with friends to enjoy my first ever bottomless brunch for my 24th birthday party. Instead, come May 31st, the country was still in lockdown and I therefore celebrated at home with a bbq and a bottle of wine. There were definitely worse ways to spend a quarantine birthday, especially considering the circumstances, but it wasn’t what I had in mind. Therefore, when the restrictions are eased, I’m planning to head to a bar to celebrate both my belated birthday and the end of quarantine with a selection of breakfast food and a 90 minute supply of booze.
Get A Haircut
My last haircut was in December so I am in desperate need of a chop, or a fringe trim at the very least. It’s probably a blessing in disguise that hairdressing scissors have been sold out since the start of lockdown as otherwise, I would have been tempted to take a couple of inches off myself and no doubt failed miserably.
Get Back To Work
I never thought I’d say this, but I miss my job as much as I miss my work friends. Being off for this long has made me think about all the aspects of my job that I love and how weird it’s been not to be able to do any of those things. I usually work in travel, but due to it being one the most affected industries, I was placed on furlough leave from 1 April 2020 (and no, it was not an April Fools’ joke).
Since then, I have been drowning in free time, despite the fact that I’ve watched countless films and serieses on demand, tried out almost all the walking trails across Huddersfield, taken part in various different video calls and quizzes, tried my hand at home workouts, and repeatedly cleaned the apartment from top to bottom. Therefore, weirdly, I can’t wait to go back and for things to get back to normal.
What are you looking forward to doing most once Lockdown is over? Let me know in the comments below!