Ever thought of doing museum tours, going wildlife watching, cooking international cuisine and taking language lessons all in the span of a day? What about from the comfort of your own home? Whether you’re waiting for your next trip or just taking some chill out time, or getting your checking account some much needed recovery time, there are some easy ways to travel the world from our own bedrooms (while donning PJs and bed-hair) that can make us feel like the globetrotters we are inside. Where we’re headed, you won’t need your passport. Here’s how to cure wanderlust without ever leaving the house!
1. Take a virtual tour of famous attractions and galleries
British Museum, :@nico86
All hail the golden age of tech and communication! You don’t need to leave your room to virtually explore the world’s greatest attractions. On Google Earth you can view the ancient wonders of the world from your computer screen, with 360 degree, birds-eye views. Machu Picchu in Peru, Stonehenge in England and Angkor Wat in Cambodia are just a few. Grab your tech and a cosy place to sit, it’s time to explore the world in comfort!
If you’re more of a museum or art gallery kind of traveller, there are plenty you could spend hours e-exploring. You can take a tour of the world-famous Vatican, including the beautiful Sistine Chapel. And unlike when you see it in person, you can talk as much as you want! The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the British Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York all have online viewing rooms and tours. There are heaps more too – go down the rabbit hole on Google Arts and Culture for weeks of entertainment.
2. Go wildlife watching
Have you always wanted to go on a safari? It’s never been so easy thanks to the setup of live cameras around national parks in Africa, which you can watch online. Cure your wanderlust woes by spending hours observing elephants, lions, gorillas, hippos and more, while you welcome a little bit of nature into your living room. You can watch the zebras bathe by the water at Kruger National Park, or marvel at the elephant marches at Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. Animal watching is a great way to cure wanderlust, so are you roaring to get going?
3. Learn to cook international dishes
Traditional cuisine is a very important part of any adventure and it offers a great glimpse into different cultures. What’s travelling without food? All you need is a trusty recipe and a willingness to try something new and the flavours will transport you around the globe. A massive library could be filled with the amount of travel cookbooks there are in the world, but there are also many websites like BBC Good Food that are free and will easily do the trick. Here’s your chance to become a culinary master! Whether you crave Spanish paella, Chinese dim sum or Indian samosas, find something that will take your palette on a journey. Don’t be afraid to get started right away – you’ll probably have some of the ingredients in your kitchen already!
4. Watch a travel documentary or movie
Lots of travel shows and documentaries out there can act as your own virtual guide, helping you to see the world and learn about its different histories and cultures. Some really interesting documentaries on Netflix right now include The Dawn Wall (featuring the captivating Yosemite National Park), Street Food (which explores different countries’ cuisines) and Dark Tourist (a tour of places around the world associated with death – not as scary as it sounds). And If you’re on a budget, YouTube has a never-ending stream of travel videos, from backpacking vlogs to city tours.
There are so many brilliant travel movies to keep you entertained too, and you can’t go wrong with the Hollywood classic Roman Holiday or the dark comedy In Bruges. Go on, escape reality for a while and cure your wanderlust while you’re at it.
5. Connect with likeminded travellers
It’s easy to feel isolated when you’re stuck at home, so connecting with other travellers on social media is a simple way to feel globally connected. There are many Facebook groups that are worth exploring, where you can share past travel photos or spread excitement about a future trip. Girls LOVE Travel and Young Travelers Network are popular choices, but there really are hundreds to discover. You can always re-connect with people you’ve met in hostels and on the road, or you could take it to another level and Skype with a friend or family member and get them to show you around the city they live in!
6. Learn another language
Sure, you know about Duolingo, but now is the time to follow through on your goals! There are countless free resources and online courses to help you start learning. FutureLearn and Coursera have free language courses you can start now. Whether you want to learn the basics for a conversation or become fluent, any amount of effort will help you to enrich your future travel experiences and put a smile on locals’ faces. Why not set yourself a goal, like learning to say hello in as many languages as you can? A little effort goes along way. Bellissimo!
7. Read a travel book or guide
There are some talented travel writers out there who can let you see, smell, hear and taste the countries they travel through. Writers like Jan Morris and Paul Theroux take you along for the ride and it’s easy to get lost in the journey. Some highly recommended ones to add to your list are A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. If you’re looking to travel the world from home and cure your wanderlust, reading a travel book just might be the easiest and most enriching way to do it!
If all else fails, go on a Wikipedia binge by picking a country at random and learning all about it. You never know what you might learn, or where you’ll end up!
8. Start your own travel blog
We all have some really heart-warming, funny and downright bizarre stories from our travels. Why not tell the world about them? Websites like Squarespace and WordPress allow you to self-publish your own content. Not only are you sharing your stories with other travellers, but you might have tips that could help others make their travels easier or more memorable. You can create your own articles and stories, as well as customise the design to make it completely your own. If you find yourself with writer’s block, try discussing your most vivid travel memory or talking about the most creative or unplanned way you reached a destination. Time to find your inner Hemingway by reliving your own adventures!
9. Plan your next trip
Time to put those Excel skills to good use! It’s all good to experience the world from your room through the power of the internet, but of course nothing beats the real thing. Time to get planning and saving! Flights, hostels, activities and tours are waiting for you to find them. Why not take your time at home to become an expert in your dream destination? With the Hostelworld app you can create a wishlist from a massive selection of awesome hostels to get the trip started – we’re sorry in advance if it causes some serious FOMO while you’re counting down the days!Explore our hostels
Being stuck at home can be a bit of a downer, so hopefully these activities will cure your wanderlust and help you to let go of some of those frustrations until you’re on the road again. Get into some comfy PJs and get travelling!
Let me know how these tips worked for you and if you have any more recommendations!