As the Coronavirus continues to spread, our world is entering a new reality where borders are being closed, flights are getting cancelled, and it simply isn’t safe or responsible to travel. If you’re like us, you’ve had the unfortunate obligation to cancel your trips over the next few months. But just because you’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean you can’t see the world. Here are a few ways you can have some travel experiences without leaving your house.
1. Tour a Museum
Take a virtual tour of The Lourve
in France, Mogao Grottoes
in China, or one of hundreds of other options via the Google Arts and Culture
library (if you’re not sure where to start, they’ve put together a Top 10
list for us).
2. Hit the zoo
Zoos all around the world are offering live streaming services so you can still learn about some interesting animals. Like the Cincinatti Zoo, who is offering a “Home Safari” at 3pm everyday on their Facebook page
, or livestream the pandas 24/7 at the Wolong Grove Panda Yard in China
. Need a pick me up? In this Chicago aquarium, the empty hallways mean some of the animals can actually meet each other, like this penguin
who got to roam the halls and check out the fish.
3. Practice your language skills
If you were counting on sitting in an Italian café and eavesdropping for a few hours to up your language game, that’s not happening anytime soon. Instead, download Duolingo
and practice for an hour a day at home. When you finally make it to Italy, you won’t just be eavesdropping but you’ll be chiming into the conversation.
4. Cook a dish from another country
We can all agree one of the best parts of travel is eating, right? Even when we’re quarantined, we still have to eat. Pick some recipes from places you want to visit, stock up on ingredients in as few grocery trips as possible, and get cooking. When we’re free to travel and you can experience the real thing, you’ll know it was worth the wait. Here are a few recipes to get you started: Spanish Paella
, Italian Pasta with Robiola and Truffles
, Chinese Dumplings
5. Plan some incredible trips for the future
Ever booked a flight and had every intention of planning a detailed itinerary, only for it to be the day before your trip and you’re not even sure what city you’re flying into? No, just me? Well for all you planning procrastinators like me, now is your chance to see how the other half lives. Take some time to research unique destinations. Put together a few dream trip itineraries, and when the borders open back up and we’re all cleared to travel, you’ll be first to snag those cheap flights.