Traveling Without Leaving Your Home

We all want to travel as much as we can, but alas, that’s not always possible. Even during normal times, the amount of time we can take off from work and the cost of traveling can prevent us from doing so. And given that we’re in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s just not possible to travel anyway! Fortunately, in this day and age, it’s more than possible to do a spot of traveling without leaving your home — it can all be done through your mind, the computer, and the food you eat. Let’s take a look at how.

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Go Virtual

Sure, you won’t be able to take a long walk through Paris anytime soon, but you can do the next best thing — travel there via the internet. Things like Google Maps and Google Earth are awesome ways to do a spot of exploring right from the comfort of your own home. You’ll find that these options allow you to project yourself into another country and way of life. As well as walking the streets, you can take a virtual tour through some of the world’s best and most famous museums, which often have their collections available to view online. 

International Recipes

If you can’t travel to explore new cultures, then why not bring the culture of other countries to you? One of the best ways to do this is through food. All you’ll need is to look up some recipes from that country, and you’ll be on your way. If you have the best grilled swordfish recipe, then you’ll find it easy to get into the Mediterranean frame of mind, for example. You can take things even further by playing music from the country that you’re visiting via your stomach as you’re preparing the food/eating the meal.

Planning Your Trip

Sure, we may be unable to travel right now, but it won’t be that way forever! It won’t be too long before international travel is back on the cards. In the meantime, why not get to planning your next trip? This part is always super fun. While it’s not the same as actually going on the trip, you’ll learn a lot while you’re making your plans, and you’ll feel as if you’ve taken a short trip just by going through all the information about your intended destination.

Learn a Language

Another good way to explore a different culture is by learning the language. This can be fun, of course, and it’ll also prepare you for your future adventures. During the course of learning, you’ll also discover a lot about the countries where the language is spoken.

Documentaries and Movies 

Finally, if you can’t discover the world in person, then how about through your screen? There are plenty of fantastic documentaries and TV shows that can take you on a trip without even leaving your own home. These can sometimes make you jealous, but at least you’ll know that no-one is enjoying the travel adventures that you’re watching! 

21 thoughts on “Traveling Without Leaving Your Home”

  1. Ashley – Baton Rouge, La – Hi, I'm Ashley! I'm a stay at home mom living in the festive state of Louisiana and making it through motherhood one day at a time. I truly hope that my experiences I share can be an encouragement to others.

    I love this! We’ve actually beed trying different international recipes at home and its been fun and interesting to cook different foods with different flavors

  2. Singing A New Song – Hello, I'm Shayla! I'm a blogging/vlogging homeschooling mom of many, wife to one, and work at home mom. We are a big, Jesus loving, God fearing family and we love to laugh! Common topics you’ll find here include faith, marriage, motherhood, homeschooling, lifestyle, domestic arts, herbs & oils, and holistic living (with a realistic, big family mama/frugal approach). I love sharing practical solutions we find to problems we encounter, as well as things that inspire and encourage us through this crazy, beautiful journey!

    We use some of these in our homeschool and they are a lot of fun. We like to pretend we are taking a trip-mainly for the younger kids.

  3. Ashley – Baton Rouge, La – Hi, I'm Ashley! I'm a stay at home mom living in the festive state of Louisiana and making it through motherhood one day at a time. I truly hope that my experiences I share can be an encouragement to others.

    This is so unique. We love trying different foods at home and have been cooking international foods and enjoying the many different flavors.

  4. Emily S. – I am a mom to three amazing kids, ages 5, 3, and 1. My husband is a saint to deal with all of our craziness!

    This is great advice. We will need to start doing this with our kids. They’ve been missing going anywhere for a while now and I think it would help them! 🙂

  5. Flossie – USA – Mama of two who blogs about this crazy journey called parenthood at http://supermomhacks.com - parenting tips, tricks, and hacks to help you save time, save money, and preserve your sanity, mostly based on things I've had to learn the hard way :)

    I love these ideas! Especially the language and the cooking ones. Those would be right up my kids’ alley.

  6. while we cook food from around the world regularly, we are doing it more intentionally now and adding new dishes to try out… and of course, watching documentaries as well 🙂
    great ideas

  7. Such creative ideas! I like the idea of learning a new language. A way to learn and get excited about a new trip one day where we can use the language!

  8. Chris@TTL – Virginia – Personal Finance, Financial Independence, and Early Retirement for two people that decided to transition to early retirement in the middle of the 2020 pandemic at 35 years old. https://www.tictoclife.com

    We’ve been enjoying doing some Google Maps surfing, watching some Rick Steve’s travel videos, and planning future trips to a degree.

    It at least provides us with a little travel boost. 🙂

    We actually ended up taking a Staycation just recently. Of course, that’s not “at home”, since we did venture outside within our region. Though, we came up with some really enjoyable ways to take advantage of short drives and things within walking distance in novel ways. We put on those tourist glasses and pretended!

    Maybe give a staycation a shot during the pandemic?
    Chris@TTL recently posted…Making the Most of a Pandemic Staycation and Ideas for Yours

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