Travel From Your Couch
Updated: Apr 10
What's up my fellow travelers?! Right now sucks. I know. I've had to cancel so many trips + press events, which means missing out on a lot experiences and also income. It's a weird time for everyone but one thing I know for sure, is that it won't dull my travel bug. In fact, now my appreciation for travel, culture and experiences it's at an ultimate high. Once we are back to traveling, my senses will be even more heightened: foreign food will explode my tastebuds, my eyes will marvel deeper at Mother Nature and I will appreciate languages, laughs and community even more. But for now, there are definitely ways you can immerse yourself into cultures and explore foreign lands from the comfort of your couch, here are some ideas:
1.) TRAVEL VIRTUALLY!
Yes, you can still explore museums, countries and culture from your laptop. Sure, you may not be touching or tasting the treasures of the destination but you can still understand the country/city on a deeper level. Education is a beautiful thing and it'll prepare you better for when you visit in real life. For now, how about you go on a tuk-tuk ride in Japan:
TUK TUK AROUND JAPAN HERE!
EXPLORE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY HERE!
TIPTOE ON PARISIAN ROOFTOPS HERE!
JOURNEY THROUGH THE ORION NEBULA HERE!
360 VIRTUAL VIEW OF ICELAND HERE!
2.) COOK A CULTURAL FEAST
Now, this is a favorite past-time of mine (when traveling wasn't banned). There's something so special about cooking with locals and experiencing traditional foods. The stories behind the aromas, ingredients and spices gives you a much bigger appreciation for their dishes. There's nothing that brings people together more than good conversation and food. So, why not stay INSPIRED and bring a chef into your kitchen VIRTUALLY. Private cooking classes via Skype are available at The Chef & The Dish - where you can cook with chefs all over the world. Bon Appetit! Or, perhaps learn to finally make those macarons you adore from Paris by signing up for this Udemy Class!
3.) READ TRAVEL TALES
With all this downtime, I am finally dusting off my book shelves and diving into some of these books that can transport my mind to a different part of the world. I love stories. Especially if they involve unexplored territories, international romance and unplanned experiences. Some of my favorites include:
Under the Tuscan Sun
A Year in Provence
What I was Doing While You Were Breeding (my all-time favorite)
4.) TRAVEL PHOTOS
Yes, most of our travel photos only make it on the gram. But what happens, when we no longer use the gram but want to savor those moments? It's why I've decided to start bringing disposable cameras on my adventures. There's this unexpected excitement when you develop your photos and receive them weeks later because you don't necessarily remember what/when you captured images. Or, if you have photos on your Insta/DSLR, you can still develop them, try one of these companies to bring your photos to life. Going through photos from various trips can be nostalgic and bring up beautiful emotions. Start putting all these photos together into albums (totally old school) so you can easily access them or even try scrapbooking again (memories plus creativity). Organizing by vacations or years will remind you of all the incredible experiences you've had :)
5.) HABLA ESPAÑOL?
What a perfect time to learn a new language. Seriously, you have no excuses. TRY DUOLINGO.
6.) TRAVEL HACKS
Ever wonder how people travel SO MUCH!? They must be millionaires. Not necessarily - actually, you can find reasonable accommodations/flights but you can ALSO use your points to work for your advantage. This is the perfect time to look up different credit cards and websites to find the most cost effective (and travel-friendly) credit cards. I personally use Chase Reserve (their travel incentives are awesome) and Delta Air Lines Credit Card (and I'm enrolled in SkyMiles for Delta). Here are some sites that can help with your travel hacking:
7.) CREATE YOUR DREAM TRAVEL BOARD
Explore travel blogs on Pinterest and create a dream travel board to start planning your dream trip. You can create your dream destinations into separate boards and save all the must-do's, restaurants and hotels in that particular location. You can gain SO much inspiration for your next trip just by looking at the photos and seeing what others have to say about it - plus, you can pick up a lot of tips and tricks. So start pinning!
Hope this list gives you a sense of traveling from your couch - just remember, this will not last forever and it'll make traveling THAT MUCH sweeter.