TPG UK readers share what they’re doing during lockdown

Mar 24, 2020

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After the news that the U.K. is now effectively in lockdown, the spring and possibly even summer will be a trying time for most of us. Many people have to work from home, and we’ve been urged not to leave except for emergencies, food runs or to do some brief exercise.

You can read our guide on some travel-inspired activities to do while stuck inside here — from scrapbooking your holiday photos to watching some feel-good films. But, we also asked our TPG U.K. Facebook Lounge members what they are doing to pass the time, especially now that so many of our upcoming trips have been cancelled. Here are some of our favourite answers. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity).

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Learn a new skill

Now is an excellent time to learn something or start a new hobby you’ve been meaning to do for a while, whether it’s knitting, cooking or teaching yourself how to converse in another language.

“Hopefully we will be taking shared parental leave next year to travel the world with my wife, 5-year-old and newborn. Looks like we will have time to thoroughly plan it and even learn some language with our time at home!” — Michael G

Create some visual memories

As we mentioned previously, now is the ideal time to go through and organise the thousands of snaps on your phone or camera and free up some space for new ones. Or, since you can’t fly in real life, there’s nothing to stop you from doing it virtually.

“Passing the time by researching potential future trips and how to get there for the least amount of cash or points. I’m also editing photos and videos from my previous trip to Australia. Always nice to have visual memories of my travels to look back on. I also like playing Microsoft Flight Simulator X on my laptop with a joystick so that I can have some AvGeek fun and to allow myself to have a few virtual flights (mostly around my favourite airport of NCE ) whilst I’m still at home.” — Matthew T

Read more: Lessons from lockdown: What it’s like in Spain during the mandatory quarantine right now

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Brush up on your points and miles knowledge so you can travel the world on a budget

You can travel in style with enough points and miles in your accounts, or you could even fly around the world on budget airlines like this Avgeek plans to.

‘I’m always planning another trip! All being well, I will try to do around the world using only low-cost carriers (if there are any left). Probably in January. — Adam W

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“Since I’m not going to be able to fly to Vegas next month and any flights later in the year will probably work out too expensive, I’m working out what other shorter breaks I can take later in the year to get the required number of Tier Points to reach the next tier of the BA Executive Club.” — Anthony M

Be entrepreneurial and develop an app

You could use this opportunity to come up with some smart business ideas — like a new app — and help fellow explorers plan their next getaway.

“I’m writing an app that allows people to fully plan and budget for every aspect of a trip. This includes (but is not limited to) details such as destinations, flights, accommodation, important insurance policy details, planned activities, other costs, logistics and spending money. It can also help budget for the trip and can store details about credit card payments, rent/mortgage, utilities and other unavoidable payments.” — Ben D

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