1. Watch Travel Shows
The best way to travel from home? Traveling to countries far and wide from the comfort of your own sofa! Platforms like Netflix have a tonne of awesome travel movies and shows that can really transport you to another place for an hour or two. Additionally, cooking shows are a great way to scratch that travel itch, showing beautiful countries and giving us an insight into flavors and culture.
YouTube Travel shows
Netflix Travel Shows
- Our Planet
- A Life on our Planet
- Down to Earth
- Night on Earth
- Chasing Coral
- Dark Tourist
- Dancing with the Birds
Netflix Cooking Shows
- Somebody Feed Phil
- Street Food
- Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
2. Learn a Language
A great way to prepare for a future trip is to start to learn a new language. Travel from home by joining language learning apps or even taking online classes. For example, if you’re planning a trip to Italy you can learn how to order all the flavors of gelato!
3. Research a Future Trip
There may be reasons you can’t travel at this moment, however, there is nothing to stop you from planning a trip for the future. Planning a trip is at least half the fun of your trip, getting you excited for what’s to come, and giving you the feeling of traveling, even if you’re still at home. Use Pinterest and Instagram as a way of collating information and images for your trip, choose the type of holiday you want, and even start comparing flight prices.
Thinking of moving abroad? Use this time to inspire your research, working out where your new home will be, and planning your potential career change around this.
4. Listen to Travel Podcasts & Music from Around the World
Get your feet tapping and your mind dreaming by listening to travel music or podcasts from around the world. The Big Travel Podcast is the perfect way to travel from home, as you listen to travel stories from celebrities all over the world. Alternatively, transport yourself to fiesta in Mexico with some lively Latin music or to the sunny streets of Lisbon with soulful fado music.
5. Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
Travel from home, and back in time, by going through your photos and videos from previous travels. Use your time at home to create a beautiful scrapbook, a photo album, or an epic travel vlog!
6. Redecorate your Home
Doing a little ‘travel-inspired’ home renovation is a great way to travel from home. Perhaps you’ve got some souvenirs or trinkets from your adventures that you could incorporate into your home design? Not only will this look beautiful and unique, but it will also give you that warm ‘travel’ feeling whenever you see it.
7. Get Creative in the Kitchen
Travel from home through the flavors of international cuisine! Are you missing a certain dish from a country you have visited in the past or do you want to try a specific recipe from a country on your bucket list? Pop your apron on and experiment in the kitchen! Try the Global Vegan or Near & Far cookbook.
8. Read Travel Books and Magazines
Losing yourself in the pages of a good book is a great way to transport yourself to another country and ‘travel’ from home. Choose a true story about adventures in the mountains, or let your mind wander with a fictional novel about an alternate universe. Some great travel books are:
9. Create a Travel Bucket List
Is there anything better than dreaming of future travels to remote locations and castaway islands? You might not be able to hop on a plane right now, but a great way to travel from home is by making an epic bucket list for the future.
10. Play Travel Board Games
Who doesn’t love a good board game during the holidays or at the weekends? It’s a great way to spend time with friends and family, and if you choose a travel game it’s a great way to ‘travel from home’!
Well-loved games, like Monopoly, now have ‘world’ editions and the popular game ‘Ticket to Ride’ has an edition for many countries around the world. This is the perfect way to jump from destination to destination, and scratch that ‘travel itch’ in the process!
11. Read Travel Blogs
Travel blogs are the perfect way to get inspired, learn new information, and travel from home through beautiful imagery. There are hundreds of destination guides over at ‘Salt in our Hair’, as well as tips and tricks for traveling sustainably, becoming a digital nomad, and setting up your own travel blog. Use these to fulfill your travel cravings!
12. Travel around the World with Virtual Tours
Spend an evening traveling from home by taking part in a virtual travel tour! Plenty of tour companies are offering virtual tours of some of the world’s most loved sites. Visit the Great Wall of China, take a history tour around Venice, or explore some of the world’s most iconic UNESCO world heritage sites, all from the comfort of your own sofa.
Travel from home in 3D
You can even check out Google Earth and pick a place at random to explore (click ‘3D’ for an extra cool effect) . So get ready to bring those whirlwind travel experiences to you, fulfilling your travel cravings until you can hop on a plane again!
13. Meet People From Other Countries
One of the best parts of travel has to be meeting new people from all over the world! There is a way you can do this while traveling from home. For example, you could join (online) courses or clubs that offer activities from other countries such as a photography course, language exchange, salsa dancing, muay Thai boxing, or a sushi-making course. This can be a great way to meet people in your area who have similar interests or enjoy learning about new cultures.
14. Stay Local and Travel from Home
If you’re able to, consider traveling locally. We’re normally so desperate to jet off to new and exciting countries and climates, that we fail to realize the beauty that’s right under our nose. There might be beautiful destinations on your doorstep you’ve never seen before! Go for a hike close by and see the sun go down, or hop in the car and go on a weekend adventure in nature.