Travel enriches our lives, introduces us to new people and different cultures, relieves stress, and leaves us with great memories that we can cherish for the rest of our lives. However, travel can also be expensive and depending on your job and situation, you might not have many chances to travel the world. Luckily for you, there are ways you can enjoy traveling without even leaving your home.
Visit virtual museums
One of the best things you can do while traveling is to visit great museums and galleries.
The good news is that there are many virtual tours of some of the world’s most famous museums that you can experience without leaving your house. Google Arts & Culture is one of the best platforms that you can use to explore legendary museums, for example, the Guggenheim.
Moreover, if you check out websites of popular museums, such as The Louvre, The Smithsonian, or The Vatican, they offer their own virtual tours that you can take for free.
Visit virtual zoos and aquariums
Just like with museums, many famous zoos and aquariums offer virtual tours on their websites that you can take for free. Some, such as The San Diego Zoo or many Australian zoos, offer live streams of their animals, as well as educational activities that your kids will enjoy as well.
Enjoy food from different countries
Just because you cannot visit India right now, that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy Indian food and feel like you are there for some time. Trying food from different countries is the best way to travel without leaving your home, as well as try something new and exciting. There are tons of amazing recipes online that you can try for yourself, and even famous chefs teaching you how to cook delicious meals from their culture. If cooking isn’t really that appealing to you, you can always order.
Google Street View
Google Street View isn’t just for checking your own house and neighborhood. You can use it to visit places you want to return to one day or places that you cannot wait to visit for the first time. With Google Street View you will feel as if you are really walking along the street in Rome or admiring the beach in Hawaii. The best part about it is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home – you don’t even have to leave your bed. You can also check out Google Maps’ virtual treks that will allow you to experience a climb to Everest or a dive in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.
Movies and books
Watching movies and reading books is an easy way to transport yourself to a completely new place and experience the culture and the environment as if you are really there. Some of the best travel movies include ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘Mamma Mia’, and ‘Midnight in Paris’. When it comes to books, you can choose any book that is set in a different part of the world, or even in a fantasy about a non-existent place you can experience only in that book.
Learn a new language
When you learn new languages, you don’t just end up with useful new skills, you also interact with another culture, learning about different customs and people. Many language-learning apps and books will create scenarios for you to feel like you are visiting that country and interacting with real people.