Whether it’s a lack of available vacation time, limited financial resources, or a global pandemic, it’s not always possible to travel exactly when we would like to. Despite the current pandemic situation preventing all travel right now (rightfully so), many of us simply cannot shake our desire to travel. Putting our wanderlust on hold is just not an option. The wanderlust is very real right now, and for me, I’m sitting at home hopelessly wishing I could just teleport to a pub in Edinburgh. In order to cope, I am finding creative ways to “travel” while at home. These activities are by no means the same as actual travel, but they certainly help.
Airbnb Online Experiences
Pre-pandemic (is this how we’re going to refer to our lives now…pre- and post-pandemic??) I wholeheartedly embraced Airbnb Experiences. For those who don’t know, Airbnb Experiences are separate from accommodations. Locals can post various “experiences” that travelers can book online and experience in-person. These experiences range from typical activities like city tours and wine tastings to more extravagant opportunities like flying a plane or chainsaw carving. Where possible, I incorporate an Airbnb Experience into my travel itineraries as it is a unique, fun way to meet locals and try something new.
Since it’s not possible to enjoy Airbnb Experiences in-person anymore, Airbnb just launched one of the more creative ways to “travel” while at home. Now, through Airbnb Online Experiences, you can book and virtually join one-of-a-kind activities hosted by locals around the world. Meet the Dogs of Chernobyl looks pretty awesome!
Read Novels to Inspire Wanderlust
If you are sitting at home with extra time, consider picking up a book. Reading has this magical way of transporting you to another country or century. Check out We Are Travel Girls’ comprehensive list of 10 Novels to Inspire Your Wanderlust. From Tehran, Iran to Japan, you never have to stop traveling the world.
Draft Itineraries for Future Trips
Next up on the list of creative ways to “travel” while at home: draft detailed trip itineraries for the future. I highly recommend this activity as you will find so much joy picturing yourself one day experiencing these bucket-list itineraries.
Plus, even if you can’t follow the itineraries exactly, you will save SO much planning time in the future. I’m currently working on itineraries for Russia, Australia, Vietnam, the Galapagos, and New Zealand. Additionally, I might share these draft itineraries on my blog to get feedback from those of you who’ve traveled to these places! If you like this idea, please comment on this post or send me a direct message 🙂
Cook Destination-Themed Meals
Admittedly, I’m not the best chef. Regardless of cooking skills, though, it’s a perfect time to test out different recipes from around the world. “Travel” from your kitchen with this collection of 80 authentic global recipes.
Travel with a Drink at Home
Transport yourself anywhere in the world with a travel-themed drink! For a direct route, choose imported beer and wine on your next liquor store run. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, attempt one of these 16 Travel Themed Cocktails to Enjoy at Home.
Virtually Tour 31 U.S. National Parks
Since they are unable to welcome visitors in-person, museums now offer free virtual tours. While this is a wonderful option, did you know that you can also tour national parks? I stumbled across this exciting opportunity during a recent mission to satisfy my wanderlust. And let me tell you – it did not disappoint.
Thanks to Google Earth, you can travel across the United States and explore 31 (!) national parks. From Yellowstone to Yosemite to Acadia, Google Earth virtually guides you through some of the most beautiful destinations in the country.
Visit Animals via Explore.org
With an online portal dedicated to live-streams of animals in sanctuaries and shelters around the world, Explore.org is an incredible resource to cope with wanderlust. In addition to a website, Explore.org has a mobile app so you can easily tune in at any time. Sometimes I visit elephants to bring back memories of my amazing trip to Thailand. I also can’t stop checking in on baby pandas…
There are lots of other creative ways to “travel” while at home. As I come up with more ideas while stuck at home, I’ll add them to the list below!