In certain moments of our life, we all wished we could travel but we can’t. There are so many reasons for it… money issues, health problems, inability to take a work leave, family-related difficulties… This is one of those times!
This year, 2020, the COVID19 pandemic has struck the world, and all our travel plans have to be postponed. The most important at the moment is public health and not allowing the virus to spread. So like us, tons of people are in quarantine. These are bad times, although this doesn’t stop us from dreaming about traveling and better times.
So we gathered a list of ways to travel and discover the world from our home!
10 ways to travel at home
#1 Watch movies and series about travel
You can travel by seeing the world through the eyes of another person, and one of the best ways to do that is with movies. With movies, you are able to discover new places, beautiful sceneries, different food, and live through the experience of others.
Some of our favorite wanderlust-inducing movies are:
- Into the Wild
- Diarios de Motocicleta
- Before Sunset, and Before Sunrise
- The secret life of Walter Mitty
- Lost in Translation
Though besides travel movies, there are several series about traveling. Some of our favorites travel series include:
#2 Go to virtual museums
Visiting a Museum from the comfort of your couch is a fantastic way to travel without getting tired plus they are free. There are several famous museums that have virtual tours, like:
- The Louvre in Paris
- The British Museum of London
- Vatican Museum In the Vatican city
- National Gallery of Art in Washinton D.C., USA
- Dali Theatre-Museum in Spain
- NASA has virtual tours app in the USA
#3 Eat food from other countries
One of the best things about traveling is eating dishes from different countries. Discovering new flavors is one of the best parts of a trip.
During your staycation, experiment cooking food from other countries. Recreate your favorites or even adventure yourself to cook something new. You can travel only by using your taste buds and your past memories. Plus, you’ll have the pleasure of eating good food and it’s a great way to keeping yourself entertained.
We recommend the site 196 flavors, it has recipes from all over the world. And if you want to try doing a wicked Pad Thai from Thailand try this recipe. If you want to learn about traditional Portuguese or Angolan food check our posts.
#4 Speak with people from other countries
Reaching people on the other side of the world is a fantastic way to learn about different cultures and ideas. Isn’t traveling also about meeting new people? So make friends from another country, share and learn cool stuff.
There are some great platforms that help you with this task, like:
- Reddit – facilitates the interaction with people that share the same interests with you.
- Facebook- join a world travel group and connect with people all over the world that love to travel, people share there travel experiences, photos and ask for advice.
- Interpals – helps you interconnect with people all over the world.
- Conversation Exchange – This site helps you find people all over the world and allows you to learn a new language by practicing speaking with native speakers. Two native speakers teaching each other their native language.
- Quora– questions-based on social media site, a platform where you can ask and respond to any kind of question.
#5 Organizing travel photos
During vacations, you usually take tons of photos and never organize them, right?… You probably don’t even remember exactly all the places you have been. Well, now you have the time you always wished.
Organize and review the photos of all the marvelous places you have been to. It will be like reliving your voyages. It is also a good opportunity to select the best photos and frame them, make a travel journal or photo book.
There are some interesting travel DIY photo display ideas that are cool to do and a good way to remember good times. Like a photo
#6 Learn a new language
If you have been postponing learning a new language, now it is a good time to stop procrastination. Start preparing your next destination and learn the language of the country you are planning to visit. Knowing some simple phrases makes your life easier, besides the locals will be so much friendly and helpful.
Nowadays there are several free and interactive sites and apps that help you through the difficult task of learning a new language, like:
Another way to learn a language is to watch foreign films and series that aren’t translated but have subtitles. By doing this you train your ear and learn without noticing.
#7 Read books that inspire you to travel
A really good travel book makes you travel the world. It gives you a feeling of excitement and wanderlust to devour the pages of a book that transports you to another place. So grab a great book and go travel from your couch.
Some of our favorite travel books are:
- Wild – A Journey from Lost to Found By Cheryl Strayed, a book about the Pacific Crest Trail in the USA
- All the light you cannot see By Anthony Doer about Saint-Malo France
- On the Road By Jack Kerouac about the USA
- The House of the Spirits By Isabel Allende about Chile
- Like water for Chocolate By Laura Esquivel about Mexico
- Memoirs of a Geisha By Arthur Golden about Japan
- Love in the Time of Cholera By by Gabriel García Márquez about Colombia
- The trilogy The Pillars of the Earth By Ken Follett about England
- Equator By Miguel Sousa Tavares about S. Tomé
- Rio das Flores By Miguel Sousa Tavares about Brazil
- Captains of the Sands By Jorge Amado about Brazil
- The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream By Paulo Coelho
#8 Tour a National Park virtually
Did you know that you can visit a USA National park from home?… Well, yes you can and it is amazing. With arts and culture with google, you can explore the USA National parks – from the Fjords in Alaska to the Bryce Canyon in Utah. The images are breathtaking and the best of all is that you have a guide that explains everything you need to know about each sight. It couldn’t get better, well… It would be cool to have all the National Parks in the world… that would be even better. But seriously, check it out. It’s amazing.
#9 Travel through Google Maps
Choose a country or city you are curious about and explore it with Street view of google maps. Street View is a technology provided by google maps and Google Earth that supplies interactive panoramas of the world. You are able to virtually see the world in a 360º panorama photography. It is a mindblowing feature and a cool way to roam around the world.
Google Earth is also a great resource for everyone that loves to travel. The program allows you to explore the most iconic places in the world. It also has interesting games, questionnaires, old maps, 3D models of famous attractions like Eiffel tower, liberty statue, Burj Khalifa and much more. Google Earth is a good place to get lost, you won’t notice the time going by.
#10 Watch youtube channels about Geography and Travel
Youtube has a few good youtube channels about Geography, that teach interesting facts about our planet. Some of our favorite vlogs about geography are:
- Geography now – A youtube channel that covers every country of the world, explaining the demographics, social and cultural aspects in a very cool way.
- National Geographic – Who doesn’t know the National Geographic channel? Well, it basically explores everything related to planet earth, science, history, space… If you can’t find anything interesting here, there must be something wrong with you 🙂
- Half as Interesting – This is a youtube channel that exposes the world and curious aspects of the world.
As for travel channels, we find it difficult to discover ones that are able to truly catch our attention. Usually, we get bored after 30 seg… Although we find the ones listed below quite entertaining.
- ONLY in JAPAN – vlog that explores all the craziness of Japan by an expat that lives there.
- The Sound Traveler – travel channel that takes you to different places through the sound. It really makes you feel like you are there.
- Migrationology by Mark Wiens – Mark Wiens explores food in different places in the world.
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