10 Ways To “Travel” When You Can’t Leave Home

Yes, It’s possible!

If you’re like us and you had to cancel your travel plans this month and the coming months because of the virus, then you’re searching for ways on how to satisfy your wanderlust.

Well, I’ve rounded up the best ways on how you can “travel” without stepping outside your home.

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Do a Virtual Museum Tour

This one’s pretty cool. You can now do a museum tour from the comfort of your home. Google Arts and Culture bring you more than 2,500 museums, including galleries around the world!

Check the available collection here.

Make or Order an Authentic Dish From a Local Ethnic Restaurant

If you love cooking, you can find lots of free recipes online on how to cook a foreign dish. If you want to go deeper, there are a lot of cookbooks you can download right to your Kindle!

Shop for cookbooks here.

However, if cooking’s not your thing, you can order delivery from one of the local ethnic restaurants and relive your travel days.

Read a Travel Book

Don’t know what to do with all your free time? Indulge yourself in a good travel book. We’ve listed some of the best travel-related books that will take great destinations into your home.

Watch a Fun Travel Movie

One of the best ways to travel to places is through movies. Get those popcorns and pizza ready, and travel from the comfort of your couch while watching a fun travel movie.

Here are some of the best movies to quench your wanderlust:

  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • Indiana Jones (any of them!)
  • Lost in Translation
  • Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Roman Holiday
  • Doctor Zhivago
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Way
  • Wild
  • The Bucket List
  • The Motorcycle Diaries
  • Eat, Pray, Love

Learn a New Language

Don’t we all have those days when we say “if only I had time”? Well, my friend, you now have a lot of time in your hands to start and learn that new language you’ve been putting off for so long!

Here are a few sites where you can learn a new language online for free!

  • Duolingo
  • Open Culture
  • Livemocha
  • Babbel
  • Busuu
  • Learn a Language
  • Mango Languages
  • Transparent Language
  • Surface Languages

By learning a new language, you also learn a lot about a country, it’s history and culture. Plus, you can use this in your future travels.

Decorate Your Home With Travel Projects

Why not spice up your home with a travel-inspired decor? You can hang your travel photos on the wall with a bit of creative design. You can also start a travel scrapbook, a gallery wall, or a shadow box.

Research Your Next Trip and Read Travel Blogs

Ryk and I are a little bit bummed this month since we had to cancel our wedding anniversary trip. And I found that researching our next trip together helps a lot now that we’re stuck at home.

Plus, my travel bucket list is now longer than ever! And reading travel blogs is like going on a virtual adventure to different parts of the world.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even consider starting your own travel blog. Not only is it a great way to chronicle your travels, but you can also make a lot of money from it!

Watch a Travel-Themed Documentary or Show

If you’re not into movies, you can also choose to watch a documentary or a show. Here are our top suggestions:

  • Anything by David Attenborough (Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Severn Worlds, One Planet etc)
  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
  • Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman
  • Karl Pilkington: An Idiot Abroad
  • Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan; and

Explore the World via Google Earth

Everybody knows about Google Maps but not everyone knows about Google Earth.

Google Earth allows you to explore any place in the world. You’ve got worldwide satellite imagery to play around with. You can see buildings and terrains in 3D, too!

Give it a try!

Play Traditional Music From Faraway Lands

Dance to any traditional music in your living room and let the music take you to a whole new place.

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