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20 Ways to Travel Without Leaving Home During COVID-19

By now, most people in the world are staying at home. Our attempts to flatten the curve are necessary, but at times boring. That’s why I decided to find as many ways as possible to travel without leaving home!

Since co-creating the Coronavirus Traveler Support Group, I’ve realized how many of us have had to cancel highly-anticipated travel plans. We’re finding new ways to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate anniversaries, and more all at home.

Here are 20 ways to travel without leaving home, which doubles as a look at how I’m avoiding extreme boredom as a productivity addict.

1. AirBnB Experiences Online

Travel to South Africa, Mexico, and more….from you couch! AirBnB now offers online experiences. Some of them are even free!

One of my friends rows at Cambridge, so we’re looking forward to the personal training session with an Olympic rower.

Many of them are under $20, so there’s no need to break your budget in the process of fulfilling your travel bug.

2. Read Books from Around the World

I’m using my time in lockdown to create new habits, including reading more.

Over the next few weeks, I will travel without leaving home thanks to books! On my daily walks, I listen to an audio book borrowed virtually from my public library with the app Overdrive. Every night I also read for an hour with my Kindle. Bonus: I’m sleeping better than ever before!

If you don’t own a Kindle yet, and you’re a serious traveler, you absolutely need one! It’s never been easier to read while traveling. The Kindle itself is lightweight and doesn’t require a reading light when reading in dark trains, planes, or hostels. Additionally, you can borrow books from your library around the world instantly!

Get a Kindle here and start reading!

Here are a few books I’m obsessed with right now! Click the image to purchase.

3. Bake Bread

Who doesn’t love carbs?

Recently, a friend and I baked focaccia (an Italian bread) over video call. It was a fun bonding experience, plus we explored a traditional Italian bread recipe!

Here’s the recipe, if you want to give it a try.

Take this time to expand your cooking skills and try new breads from around the world!

4. Plan Your Next Vacation

While it might seem like we may never travel again, we won’t be in lockdown forever! One day we’ll be back on the road. Use your time to plan that vacation now!

I don’t recommend you book anything yet, but start picking out activities and accommodations. If you do choose to book now, be sure to purchase travel insurance and the ability for free cancellation.

You could even purchase a Tinggly gift box, so that when it’s safe to travel again, you’ll have a wide variety of activities to choose from!

5. Host A Movie Night

Gather your friends via the internet, pop some popcorn, and watch a movie from another country!

A few on Netflix that I recommend are: Chasing Coral, A Plastic Ocean, and Mission Blue.

6. Picnic or Camp in Your Backyard

Do you remember doing this when you were a kid?

Sleeping under the stars in nature has always brought me serenity. With all the craziness right now, we need that sort of serenity more than ever.

Whether you picnic or camp outside, or both, I hope you still get plenty of fresh air during this lockdown period!

If you’re not much for the outdoors, how about building a pillow and blanket fort in your living room?

7. Go Outside

Spend some time walking outside, whether it’s around your neighborhood or a local park. It’s important to spend some time outside daily for mental and physical health.

Many parks are closed, but not all of them! Check out which of your local parks are open for the public.

If they seem too busy, try visiting the park early in the morning.

8. Learn a Language

Do you have a favorite country or language? Now is the time to perfect those language skills! It’ll only make your next visit more enjoyable.

Duolingo is one of my favorite language-learning platforms. It’s a free app for your phone. Each lesson takes about 5-10 minutes.

While I doubt you’ll become fluent with Duolingo, it’s more accessible for many people than group lessons, tutors, or formal classes.

9. Order International Food

Although most international foods in the U.S. are “Americanized,” they’re still yummy!

I love Chinese and Indian food, so there will be lots of it in my lockdown. Plus, you’re directly supporting small businesses in a time of need.

You can make a theme night. Travel without leaving home to China, India, Brazil, or wherever your next destination is by eating traditional foods, listening to popular music, and learning about their culture for a night. You’ll be experts by the time you actually visit the country!

That’s what I call food good for the heart and soul!

10. Purchase A Gift Card

Is there a restaurant you’re dying to visit, tour you’re anxious to attend, or other travel-related business you’re simply obsessed with? Purchase a gift card!

Travel businesses are struggling with the massively decreased cash flow. By purchasing a gift card, you’re promising yourself to actually do the thing one day and supporting a small travel business. Win-win!

11. Make Pasta with Nanna Nerina

Nanna Nerina, an Italian grandmother, has hosted pasta-making classes for years in her adorable Italian house. The pasta recipe has been in her family for over 150 years! Now she’s taking her famous pasta classes online!

Travel without leaving home to Italy for the night (without actually leaving your house), spend time with the Italian grandmother you wish you had, and get cooking!

Sign up here!

12. Join Wanderful Women

Wanderful Women is one of the leading female-travel groups on the web. Their Facebook group brings together women travelers from around the world.

Now they have a a membership that includes a community app, free entry to events, free workshops, and more.

During these crazy times, Wanderful Women has moved everything online and offering way more value for the $69.99 annual membership. Join in on virtual travel community events, dance classes, language circles, workouts, book clubs, travel trivia, movie nights, happy hours, coffee chats, and more!

This membership really makes travel without leaving home a possibility.

If you’re a creator, like myself, then you can also join their Creator Collective. The price of membership includes educational opportunities to grow your business, virtual open houses, and more.

Get your Wanderful Women membership here!

13. Tour A Museum Virtually

Many museums are offering virtual tours for patrons. Visit Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Louvre in Paris, British Museum in London, MASP in Sao Paulo, National Palace Museum in Taipei City, and more!

Google “virtual tour {insert museum name}” to see if the museum you had planned to visit is online.

14. Take A Skillshare Class

You’ve probably heard and seen hundreds of advertisements for Skillshare already. The online course database has invested a lot into marketing.

But, it’s for a reason. Skillshares course offerings are incredible.

Learn to draw your own travel map. Upgrade your travel photography. Practice a foreign language. Make French macarons. And so much more.

The key to accessing the good classes? Premium membership.

I know, I know. Who wants to pay, right?

That’s why I’m offer two months of free Skillshare Premium to you. Take as many premium classes as you want in those two months while you’re stuck at home. After your free two month trial, you can cancel or pay for the membership. Either way, you’ve satisfied your travel bug while stuck at home!

Get two free months here.

15. Play GeoGuesser

If you haven’t played this online game before, prepare to be addicted. It’s the ultimate travel without leaving home game.

GeoGuesser “throws” you into an unknown location and you have to guess where you are in the world!

The game may sound dumb (I thought so when a friend first described it to me) but, trust me, you’ll get addicted fast.

16. Try Something New Online

You’ve always intended to take a yoga class at the studio down the street or the cookie-baking class at the new bakery. Even despite coronavirus, you’re not out of luck!

Enter Course Horse.

Course Horse is another online class database, but all the courses are from local businesses. You can also virtually attend courses in other major cities, and still support small businesses.

Check out the listings local to you! Get $15 here.

17. Print Your Travel Photos

Many travelers dream of a wall filled with pictures from their travels. With Mixtiles, you can.

You can stick and restick the picture frames, so they’re perfect for apartments in case you have to move!

Alternatively, you can make your own photo album with Shutterfly. I made a photo album with Shutterfly as a gift for my grandmother and it turned out beautifully. When I visit her, she loves to listen to my travel stories as we flip through the album.

18. Do Yoga in Beautiful Locations

After years of my doctor telling me to try yoga, I finally began my at-home practice in 2020.

I’ve never attended a formal class. Rarely know exactly what I’m doing. Mostly am cursing as I push deeper into a stretch. And I love it!

Now, a few times a week, some other yogi friends and I video call each other and do Boho Beautiful yoga videos together.

Boho Beautiful yoga videos are great for all levels, are filmed in beautiful locations around the world, and are a great mini-workout and stretch combined in one.

Virtually grab some of your favorite yoga friends, pick out a Boho Beautiful video, and get moving!

19. Attend A Concert

Many musicians, composers, and concert halls are offering virtual concerts and shows.

John Legend had one on Instagram. The Metropolitan Opera hosts one on their website. Andrew Lloyd Weber hosts several on Facebook.

Google “virtual concert {insert artist, composer, troupe, or concert here}” to see if there’s one you’d be interested in!

20. Explore Nature to Travel Without Leaving Home

Turns out, it is possible to hike, explore nature, and travel without leaving home! explore.org is the largest network of live cameras in nature. You can hang out with manatees in Florida and swim through kelp forests.

Check it out!

This long list is bound to keep any traveler happy while stuck inside! We might have to find creative solutions to travel without leaving home, but it’s certainly possible. Which one of these will you do next? Comment below!

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