Virtual Travel: 5 Ways To Travel Without Traveling

Virtual Travel: 5 Ways To Travel Without Traveling

Virtual travel is getting more and more popular for those of us in isolation. You don’t need to give up your love of wanderlust to survive in quarantine, you just need to get a little creative.

While you can turn your daily jog around the park and your weekly trip to the grocery store into their own mini-adventures (if anything makes you appreciate the novelty of just being able to walk down the sidewalk, it’s quarantine), we think these 5 virtual travel ideas will help satisfy your travel bug too! 

1. Musée d’Orsay Tour 

Paris is well known for its many stunning museums, and the Musée d’Orsay is one of the City of Love’s most iconic. Hold onto your socks because this museum is coming straight into your living-room with this amazing virtual tour. Browse hundreds of pieces of artwork and learn about the history behind the museum and the works housed there. 

2. Parts Unknown – Anthony Bourdain

We recently discovered the first 8 seasons of Anthony Bourdain’s travel show, Parts Unknown, on Amazon Prime. Let me tell you, this has quickly become one of the main ways to get our travel fix without leaving the sofa. Follow Tony around the world and watch him eat. What’s not to love? 

3. Travel Books

Nothing can whisk you away on a great adventure the way a good book can. A great travel writer will make you feel like you’re there with them seeing and experiencing new cultures and places. Even better, reading travel books will inspire you to plan what kinds of adventures you’d like to go on in the future. Two of our recent favorites are: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (which is all about hiking the Appalachian Trail) and Video Night in Kathmandu by Pico Iyer (in which the author travels Asia and muses on the at times jarring influence of Western culture in our globalized world). 

4. Your Photos

The best kind of virtual travel is when you visit a place you’ve already been! Looking at old photos can be a lot of fun. They’re a great reminder of the memories you’ve made and the things you’ve seen. Sorting through all the photos sitting in your Flickr or iCloud is also a great opportunity to do some spring cleaning (it is April after all) and weed out the ones you can’t use or don’t like. 

5. Cook With Manali

Food is the gateway to culture and there’s no better time than now to learn how to make a few cool new dishes. Since we’re no longer allowed to go to restaurants and take-out is starting to get old, why not try your hand at making a dish from a country you’ve visited or would love to visit? Cook With Manali is a pretty great source for authentic Indian food, but if you want to ease into it with simple dishes inspired from cultures around the globe, the Minimalist Baker is another one of our favorite recipe hubs. 

What are some creative ways you’ve been ‘traveling’ lately? 


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