Worldforfree: 5 Wonderful Ways To Travel The World Without Leaving Home
There are a lot of emotions I have been feeling lately. Situations around the world are fearsome, uncertain, and heartbreaking. At the same time, you also hear about the strong resilience of ordinary citizens fighting in the worst affected nations like the USA, Italy, and Spain. Air quality has significantly improved, and rivers are getting cleaner. Maybe all this is a silver lining of a dark cloud. But it gives you hope! The hope, that all this will be over soon and we will get through it. Which gave me an inspiration for this blog, on how to travel the worldforfree, even when most of us can’t step out of our homes freely.
Nothing is more exasperating than having to cancel a long-awaited trip. In fact, I had my all bookings done for my next travel to southeast Asia. I was supposed to leave by the end of this month, but unfortunately, I had to cancel everything. And I am sure many of you must be going through with similar experiences. However, this shouldn’t kill the spirit of traveling within us. There are still ways, we can travel the worldforfree without leaving our homes.
And the best of all, you can explore the worldforfree. I think it is a great way to demonstrate our interconnectedness to humanity and the global community.
So, I made a list of five activities I have been doing every day, to make me feel like I am traveling.
Here We Go Five Awesome Ways To Travel The Worldforfree, Without Leaving Home…..
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1. Explore National Parks With Virtual Tours
I love being outdoors. Not being able to explore and connect with nature is probably the hardest thing of being in lockdown. And if you are anything like me, you must be struggling with the same.
Luckily, thanks to Google Arts & Culture, it is possible to enjoy the beauty of nature while sitting on your couch at home. And the best part, you won’t have to stand in long ques while doing so. Google teamed up with some of the USA’s prominent national parks, each with different climates and terrains. These include Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Utah’s Bryce Canyon, and Dry Tortugas, Florida.
Apart from these, Google Art & Culture is also offering 113 virtual tours under the “hidden world of nationals parks” exhibit. You can also take virtual tours of 31 other national parks via Google Earth.
2. Travel Movies Marathon
I am sure most of you must be binge-watching movies, shows, and TV. Well, why not watch travel movies instead? I have a huge list of “best travel movies of all time.” And probably I will share them with you all in upcoming blogs. But to get you started, here are some of my top travel movies of all time.
- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
- Eat Pray and Love
- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
- Mamma Mia
Read More: My Favourite Time Travel Movies Of All Time
Not only movies inspire us but they also take us to places we never considered traveling to. I won’t be lying if I tell you that I have added so many places on my bucket list just by watching some of the awesome travel movies.
3. Cook Food Inspired From Other Countries
Food is an important motivation to travel. Isn’t it so? Trying different dishes and beverages open our ideas to new flavors, textures, culture, and heritage. So why not combine our two great loves (food + traveling duh!) and enjoy an international getaway without leaving your kitchen.
I know most of us are not master chefs. Well, I am certainly not. But hey it’s a quarantine period, we all got plenty of time in hand. So why not just experiment. There are a plethora of amazing food blogs but here are some I really love.
- Hebbar Kitchen (For Indian Vegetarian Recipes, they also have a youtube channel.)
- Pinch Of Yum (Simple, Quick, Delicious. They have gluten-free and Vegan Recipes as well.)
- A Tasty Love Story (Nordic Inspired Cooking)
4. Watch Travel Vlogs/Shows On Youtube
Travel Vlogging has taken off like crazy on youtube and all for the right reasons. There are some incredible travel vloggers capturing the essence of locations, culture, food, and above all their personal experiences. By sharing part of their lives, they are allowing us to be in different places at grassroots levels.
From backpacking, solo female traveling, luxury travel, budget travel to everything else, travel vloggers have exposed us to destinations across the globe. Depending on your preferences, you will find plenty on youtube but of course, I am gonna share my favorites.
- Eva Zu Beck – She has to be on top of my list. Absolute Favorite. Guys, you must check her channel, if you haven’t already. She has taken solo female traveling to another level, mostly going to uncommon destinations where most travelers usually don’t like Syria, Yemen, etc.
- Gabriel Traveler – I found this channel last year and has been following him ever since. If you are looking for budget travel tips, inspiration, and ideas about backpacking, he has some really cool stuff.
- Mark Wiens – Looking to explore food around the world? This is the channel for you.
5. Create travel Bucket list/Plan future travels
This pandemic is far from over. And probably this is not the best time for booking future travel arrangements. But who said we can’t plan our next adventure? ( whenever that will be). In fact, planning can give that much needed mental boost. Especially during quarantine, something to look forward to.
I already have months of trips planned, and frankly, it is one of the sources of joy for me right now. Just to know good things are coming can be so calming. Planning for travel—thinking about it, talking about it, imagining it—may, in fact, be the best thing you can do to stay optimistic.
PS – This Virus Can Stop Our Travel Plans, But It Can’t Stop Our Travel Dreams. 💛 💚 💙
So get inspired, brush up your planning skills, and when this is all behind us, be ready to embark on your trip of a lifetime…..
Try these tricks/trips and tell me in the comment below if you found them helpful. Feel free to add anything if I missed. 😀
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