With the world on hold for the foreseeable, it’s going to be a long time before we get back on the road, it’s likely that many destinations will keep their doors shut to international travellers until the fall. But that doesn’t mean we have to put our wanderlust on hold. With the world moving at a much stronger pace towards the virtual world, there are numerous ways to satisfy and feed the inner traveller in you from the comfort of your bed. Many destinations and museums have come up with virtual tours. And there are also plenty of amazing books you can read, interesting films and TV shows you can watch, and fun meetups and classes to join. In short, you can still see the world from home. Here’s a list of ways you can travel virtually and keep your wanderlust spirit alive:
Reading is one of the best and most budget-friendly ways to “travel” when you’re stuck indoors. You can transport yourself to far-flung destinations and get inspired by the power of words all from the comfort of home. Some great recent reads: The Yellow Envelope, Wanderlust, Ghengis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, and An Irreverent Curiosity.
At the current situation, you will find amazing films online right now. I mean between Hulu, HBO, Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+, you can get anything you want. (Netflix has been especially on fire this month.) Some of them are:
- Wild – Based on the novel of the same name, this movie follows Cheryl Strayed as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail as a way to restart her life, end her drug addiction, and cope with her mother’s death.
- Midnight in Paris – The movie follows Gil, a writer on vacation with his fiancée and her family. At night, he wanders the streets of Paris before stumbling into a time warp that sends him back to the 1920s.
- The Beach – starring a young Leonardo DiCaprio, this movie is about young backpackers who set out to find paradise while in Thailand.
- Lost in Translation – This film takes you into the heart of chaotic Tokyo. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson play two characters adrift in the city together.
- Into the Wild – Based on a true story, this movie follows Christopher McCandless as he sheds his material life in search of something more.
3. TV Shows
Looking for some binge-worthy TV? Here are some of our top picks:
- An Idiot Abroad – Comedian Ricky Gervais sends his clueless, culturally insensitive friend on hilarious (and often insightful) misadventures.
- Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – one of the best travel shows ever made, the late Anthony Bourdain sheds light on new places and cultures as he eats his way around the world.
- Long Way Round – Actor Ewan McGregor and his best friend travel across the entire world on motorcycles in this epic miniseries (and in Long Way Down they travel from Scotland to South Africa on motorcycles).
- Departures – This series portrays two friends travelling the world together and is an Award-winning series.
- Dark Tourist – The series showcases visits to some of the world’s weirdest, scariest, and most tragic places by journalist David Farrier.
- The Amazing Race – A reality TV show in which contestants race around the world for cash prizes (there are over 30 seasons, so it’s great for bingeing!).
- Somebody Feed Phil – Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, travels the world on a comedic culinary journey.
4. Virtual Meetups
People can’t meet in person right now, certain communities have been hosting their own virtual meetups, one such is The Nomadic Network. Every week, they have meetups where they share stories, host guest speakers, and play games.
5. Virtual Tours (Museums, Galleries, Historic Sites, etc)
Every destination or museum is now offering virtual tours. While it’s not the same as being there in person, it’s still an enjoyable way to pass the time, get inspired, and learn about the world. Here are some of the suggestions:
- Anne Frank Museum (Amsterdam)
- Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam)
- Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)
- Picasso Museum (Barcelona)
- Guggenheim (Bilbao)
- Faroe Islands Virtual Tour (Denmark)
- Salvador Dali Museum (Figueres)
- Uffizi Gallery (Florence)
- The Giants Causeway (Ireland)
6. Online Classes
With so many people home, online courses are one of the must to do things that amplify your knowledge and grabs your attention on things. In fact, If you’re looking for a new online course, here are a few worth checking out:
- MasterClass – This program is one of the favourites. They are mini-courses with some of the most famous and successful people in the world, such as Margaret Atwood, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Martin Scorsese, Alice Waters, Serena Williams, and many others.
- Superstar Blogging – If you’re looking to start a blog or break into the freelance writing industry, You’ll get free tech support, weekly calls, and feedback and copy edits on your writing.
- Udemy – Udemy is an online marketplace with over 100,000 online video courses. You can find courses on anything here!
- Massimo Bottura’s Kitchen Quarantine – World-class Italian chef Massimo Bottura cooks up a storm in his home kitchen.
- Pasta-Making Class (with Italian Chefs) from Take Walks – Take Walks, shows how to make delicious pasta at home.
- José Andrés’ #RecipesforthePeople – Chef José Andrés is helping the world relearn simple, delicious recipes on his Twitter feed.
Learn something new. Or meet some new friends in a virtual meetup. Or just chill out and eat snacks and watch some movies. We’ll be back on the road again. But, until we can, at least we can travel the world through our computer. Finding this guide useful? Check some of the best holiday packages and book your getaway with Pickyourtrail, once travel is back, meanwhile have some amazing read about various destinations, about its culture, food habits, things to do that deserve your attention and what now, just head here.