5 Ways to Travel Without Leaving Your Home

Take a look at these ideas to experience the delights of travel from your couch.
how to travel without leaving your home

Whether you’re quarantining right now or working to offer vital services to the community, travel is pretty much out of the question. If you’re already feeling antsy since all your upcoming travel plans being canceled, here are some things you can do from your couch to help curb the restlessness.

1. Consume travel-themed media

One of my favourite solo travel bloggers Hey Ciara released a long list of movies on Netflix for all the travel lovers. Travel-themed movies aren’t just ones about tourism though. I find any foreign film offers a glimpse into life in another culture and allows me to understand their values and history even more.

Ciara also followed up with an Instagram post with books to read if you want to escape through some good literature. Read the caption for her list!

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TRAVEL BOOKS TO READ AS YOU QUARANTINE (SAVE THIS) – After sharing my favorite travel & international movies in the last post, @mysobertravels said “what about books?”. So I’m sharing my travel book list! I’ve read many of these but I’ll use this time to read more. Books can transport you to another world. So if you can’t travel, you may as well read: ⁣ ⁣ The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho⁣ ⁣ The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton ⁣ ⁣ Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton ⁣ ⁣ Inferno by Dan Brown ⁣ ⁣ All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou ⁣ ⁣ What I was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman ⁣ ⁣ Tracks by Robyn Davidson⁣ ⁣ The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michelle ⁣ ⁣ To Shake The Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins ⁣ ⁣ Wild by Cheryl Strayed ⁣ ⁣ The Devils Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea⁣ ⁣ I wonder as I wander by Langston Hughes ⁣ ⁣ Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts⁣ ⁣ Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton ⁣ ⁣ The Haves and the Have Nots by Branko Milanovic⁣ ⁣ Life of Pi by Yann Martel ⁣ ⁣ The Year Of Living Danishly by Helen Russel ⁣ ⁣ The Good Girls Guide To Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman ⁣ ⁣ The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah ⁣ ⁣ The Geography Of Bliss by Eric Weiner⁣ ⁣ Cockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith ⁣ ⁣ Or simply guidebooks. We may not be able to travel NOW, but psychologists say that we gain most of our joy from the process of planning a trip anyway. Learn more about the country you want to visit now, so you have historical and social context when you arrive! ⁣ ⁣ Order a book offline, use iBooks, use kindle, or listen to books on Audible! Your local library may even loan ebooks for free. If you’d like me to add my audible link for a free book, let me know and I’ll add it to IG stories! Also while I’m typing this I realize I have a copy of the new @dametraveler which I contributed to. I’ll mail a copy to one of you – just comment below! ⁣ ⁣ Share your fav books below – travel or not! Looking for more diverse travel authors from around the world!

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I personally love short-form docs and one of my favourite travel shows is Travel Man with Richard Ayoade.

2. Get a travel-themed subscription box

Is your favourite thing about travel to try different foods and flavours? Maybe those can come to you! Subscribe to a food subscription box that has a different theme each time. You could even pair it with a movie from that country to make it a full theme night.

Take a food journey around the world

3. Get a modern-day pen pal

When I was a kid, writing to someone in a different country was the ultimate “cultural exchange”. I corresponded with a Sri Lankan girl as well as an Inuit elementary school student. Today, with so many online tools to connect us around the world, there are travel Facebook groups where you can reach out to people and set up cultural exchange dates.

Set up a Zoom call with someone in a totally different place in the world to talk about their lives, how they’re navigating the current situation, and more. It will build empathy, knowledge, and you’ll make a new friend.

4. Make a physical or digital scrapbooks

Maybe you don’t know when your next trip will be, how about reliving your past travels? Sort through photos, train ticket stubs, maps and memories. Put together the scrapbook, a beautiful printed picture book, or even a microsite using something affordable like WordPress.com.

5. Tour a virtual landmark

Many museums have made their VR exhibits available for free online! Now you can tour The Louvre without fighting the crowds.

12 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online

Bored at Home? Here’s a Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours

Virtual Tours Of Canadian Museums And Attractions For While You’re Stuck At Home

Bonus: Start planning your next adventure

It’s way too early to know how long this is all going to last, so DO NOT make any bookings. But, maybe you got some airline credit to spend now and all this cooking at home is allowing you to build up your travel fund. It doesn’t hurt to day dream and iron out some loose plans to have something to boost your spirits. I know the anticipation is one of my favourite parts of planning a trip.

Stay safe xox

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