Listen to high school music
Not High School Musical.
Music – in fact, audio in general – can have a powerful nostalgic effect, linking us to places and times throughout memory and imagination. The feeling of accidentally tripping over an album from Way Back When – or playlist you put together to celebrate your 18th – is a complex and messy tangle of emotions: a knot in the stomach, a tear in the eye. We can’t recommend it enough.
Oddly, smell also has an incredibly powerful memory-triggering effect - but we can’t help you there.
Listen to space music
Not necessarily the weird, jarring tones of a theremin...
...but a Hans Zimmer soundtrack, or a gaming OST. This music was written to transport you to places beyond time, logic and comprehension. Travel beyond time; do battle with the Norse pantheon; or just take a day off. It’s escape. Just don’t go anywhere too scary.
Learn the lingo
Not only is a foreign language a pretty handy skill, it also lets you understand a country’s culture, mannerisms, and in-jokes in a way which Google Translate just can’t touch. Many of The Team are currently plugging away at certain owl-based mobile app designed to introduce you to a huge range of languages. Always wanted to order wine in French? Allez! Want to speak Gaelic next time you come to Scotland? Well good luck! But we won’t know what you’re saying!
Travel the world (music)
Use your streaming service as your own personal travel agent. Most platforms will have specially curated playlists capable of immersing you in the sounds of far-off places. Turn the lights low, fill a glass, and travel to a Parisian club in the La Belle Epoque; take the streets during Lunar New Year; or listen to the skirl of the pipes at Hogmanay (or don’t). Plus, even at the best of times, it’s a lot more practical than hiking the Himalayas just to hear throat-singing in person.
Go for a drive to a nice local landmark like a castle
This is a joke. Don’t do this.
This time last year (actual years, not lockdown years) you may have been planning a summer holiday. You may have been planning a holiday for, eh, right now. And you will again soon! But in the meantime, let music be your airplane!