8 Ways to Travel Without Leaving the House

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With lockdowns in place around the world, globetrotting has shifted from an exciting prospect to a distant daydream. When the farthest you can travel is from your sofa to the grocery store, how do you satisfy that burning wanderlust? Here are 8 ways to bring the joys of travel into your home.

Cook Something From a Different Country

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to take a cooking class on the local cuisine. I recently dug out a paella recipe I acquired on a trip to Barcelona and for a moment I felt transported back to the smells and sounds of the Mercado de La Boqueria. While the lure of food delivery is so hard to resist in lockdown, try finding some international recipes to try in your kitchen at home. To complete the experience, throw on a Spotify playlist featuring foreign music to match your cuisine of choice. 

Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash

Make an Exotic Cocktail 

If the idea of cooking intimidates you, try becoming your own bartender and stir up some foreign cocktails. From margaritas to pisco sours to the perfect sangria, close your eyes and pretend you’re sipping on your exotic cocktail at a hotel bar.  

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Explore Museums Online 

From the Guggenheim in New York, to the British Museum or the Infinity Mirrored Room at the Broad in Los Angeles, art has become more accessible than ever before. Take a virtual tour of the museums you’ve always dreamed of visiting from the comfort of your sofa. 

Take a Virtual Trip

In a new series The World Your Way by Eko and guided by Refinery 29’s Annie Georgia Greenberg, users get to pick their own adventure and experience a virtual tour of travel hotspots like Bali, New York, Rome, Mexico City and more. I’ve found these bite-size adventures make an excellent afternoon work break. Try it here

Photo from Eko

Go to a Foreign Grocery Store 

While so many of us are still limited to essential shopping, going to the same grocery stores can start to feel boring and monotonous. Spice up your essential food shopping routine by visiting a local foreign food shop. Ok so technically this requires leaving the house, but after you’ve curled up on the sofa with an amazing curry or exotic cheese plate you’ll thank me. 

Get Lost on Google Earth 

Satisfy your wanderlust by exploring new places on Google Earth. Press the “I’m feeling lucky” button to be transported to a randomly chosen location in the world. Who knows, you might even get some inspiration for your post-lockdown trip.  

Learn a New Language 

Download a language learning app like Duolingo and set aside some time for it every day. With enough dedication, you’ll come out of lockdown with a few new languages to practice with the locals on your next vacation (or with unwilling family and friends). 

Watch a Travel Documentary on Netflix

There is no shortage of travel based content on Netflix at the moment. Get Down to Earth with Zac Efron, eat through different cultures with docuseries, Street Food, or celebrate the kindness of strangers around the world in The Kindness Diaries.

Image from Street Food Netflix

While nothing can replace the feeling you get from stepping into a new city for the first time, we can keep the spirit of travel alive from the comfort of our own homes. From tasting flavors of the world to getting lost in a new culture online, the possibilities are endless.

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