For the past couple of months, we've all been home with the itch to get on a plane or a car and go on an adventure, but due to travel bans and for our own safety it is not possible. Even though certain places are opening up and going through their many phases, it will be a while before international destinations open their doors. With that said, there is no reason not to explore the world from the comfort of your bed. Instead of Netflix and Chill, let's call it Travel and Chill.
With the world being at our virtual fingertips, there are many different ways to discover new and exciting destinations, and here is a couple of them:
The best way to experience a new culture is through food. Think of a place you've always wanted to visit and look up a local recipe. You can find numerous recipes online that will fit any dietary restriction. Youtube is always a good place to see what the cook is doing if you are more a visual learner. There are also plenty of cooks hosting online classes or hosting Instagram live sessions, and Airbnb has started to host online experiences including cooking.
2. Virtual Tours
If you are the traveler that is into museums and exploring new places, take advantage of virtual tours. Many of the world's most venerable art institutions have opened their doors to the digital world by offering free access to their expositions. Thanks to Google's Art and Culture project, more than 2,500 spaces are available. A couple of these museums include the MoMa in New York, Musée d’Orsay in Paris, A Garden tour of the Taj Mahal just to name a few.
3. Google Earth
Google earth is offering 3D virtual tours of 30 iconic World Heritage Sites. Sphinx? Yes! Alhambra? Yes! And 28 more!! You can choose whatever you want. First, you see a zoomed out picture of the planet Earth where you click on any of your desired locations. Another option is to scroll through the list and it will take you right to the selected site. The first one you’ll see is the Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt; click it and there you are, on the street at the Great Pyramid’s base, right next to the mule carts.
Reading is the cheapest and easiest way to travel from your couch, your bed, etc... Books have a way of transporting you to a whole other plane and make you experience feelings you never thought you would with only the power of words. Here are a couple of books that will take you around the world and/or give you wanderlust:
Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent by Anne and Mike Howard
5. Movies/TV Shows/Documentaries
There are many ways to enjoy a movie or a show online nowadays. Between Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, HBO, and many others you can watch anything you want from thrillers to documentaries, to travel shows that explore new places. Some of our favorites and some we've heard good things about are the following:
Money Heist - If you don't know what Money Heist is about by now, get to it.
Midnight in Paris - The movie is about Gil, a writer who is on vacation with his fiancée and her family. One night, he wanders the streets of Paris before stumbling into a time warp that sends him back to the 1920s.
A Map for Saturday - A documentary about long term travel.
Green Book - Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class African-American pianist, is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962 and is in need of a driver and of protection.
National Parks Adventure - A documentary about a group of explorers who take an off-trail adventure, through the national parks of the USA, showing the beauty of the parks.
Just like food, music is another perfect way to experience a new culture. As you probably know every culture has its own kind of music and dances and you can find them all online whether on Apple Music or Spotify and you can most definitely learn a new dance from video tutorials. Below is a tutorial to basic Samba footsteps as we are aiming to go to Brazil in 2021.
Live vicariously through different travel YouTube channels. YouTube offers so many different types of travel videos that you are bound to find something you like. Use the videos as a way to learn about new places you want to visit after this lock down or use it just to stay entertained. A couple of our favorites are:
Every video is like a story and makes you want to jump through the screen. Jubril Agoro does a great job of portraying different aspects of traveling. Sometimes he is extra bougie and other times he goes all out on a budget in order to have a little something for everyone.
All in all, there are many ways to feed your wanderlust spirit while at home but keep in mind that this is temporary. Use the time to meditate, relax, exercise, learn something new and be ready for when the travel doors open again to explore this beautiful Earth because as Saint Augustine said,
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page".
So what are you doing in order to feed your wanderlust spirit during this downtime?