Traveling makes our life better and happier in several ways. Nothing can ever replace the experience of going somewhere new and exciting, learning different cultures, and meeting countless people! This year, I made a promised to myself to be more adventurous and start traveling solo, but exceptional circumstances happen sometimes. All my flights were canceled because of the current global travel restrictions to defeat the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). So, as a responsible citizen, I isolate myself at home and practice social distancing. I’ve had to hit pause on my travel plans for the meantime.
Most of the time, I still think about all the places I’ve been and all the places I hope to get to sometime soon. So instead of traveling, I decided to use this time to plan my next trip. Just because we’ve had to shelve our travel plans doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to a future trip, right? Or, at the very least, satisfy my wanderlust by taking an unforgettable vacation at home! With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of 5 ways to travel from the comfort of our home. Hopefully, these tips will give you something fun to look forward to when this is all over!
Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Maybe it’s not the same as being there, but did you know that you can visit some of the world’s famous heritage sites without leaving home? Taking a virtual tour through the UNESCO website can open up amazing and inspiring locations around the world. The UNESCO website has a list of 1,121 sites, including Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, and Machu Picchu, which has their own virtual tours that will enable you to see detailed panoramic images while reading all about these exciting places.
Cook a different cuisine from your favorite destinations
I know you will agree with me if I say traveling and eating are one of life’s most sweeping counterparts! So why not explore the world from your kitchen by cooking cuisine from a place you’re longing to return to or to see for the first time. It can be the famous tteokbokki and Kimbap from Korea, Ramen from Japan, Nasi Goreng from Indonesia, or Pad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice from Thailand!
Escape Your Routine with Travel Podcasts and Books
Listening to Podcasts and reading books can be your new hobby after this quarantine! I’ve been listening to podcasts for years now, and I’ve discovered lots of interesting topics, including traveling. I love listening to the success stories of my fellow travelers! Also, I prefer to do my reading from a physical book, even though ebooks are on-trend. I read a lot of travel books and a few travel magazines. Reading a global fiction book also offers a look at a different approach of living in another part of the world.
Binge watch some travel documentaries
There are lots of TV shows and documentaries on Netflix that will satisfy your wanderlust! A feel-good documentary series that I really enjoy is Tales by Light, an Australian documentary reality television series on Netflix. The program is branded content and a joint venture between National Geographic and Canon. This series features a number of professional photographers traveling around the world to capture images that tell a story. I also love watching food documentaries like Street Food, Ugly Delicious, and Chef’s Table that features food from different parts of the world.
Discover a Museum
Recently, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours and interactive, guided exhibits. We’ll get to experience the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, MoMA’s Sophie Taeuber-Arp exhibit, the Guggenheim in New York City, and hundreds of places! With that, we can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. Other museums around the world are also sharing their most zen art on social media to help us cope with staying home. To see the Google Arts & Culture’s collection of museums, visit the collection’s website here.
If you’re like me who had to cancel recent travel plans, craving a diversion from anxiety, or merely getting bored at home, I hope this article will help you feel entertained, inspired, and most importantly, get connected with the rest of the world!