5 Ways to ‘Travel’ From the Comfort of Your Home

As the world enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are exhausted by the continued health risks and requirements involved with travel. Between mask requirements, proof of vaccination status, and the near constant testing to ensure that we do our part to keep the community safe, there is a need for another way to travel…at home.

1. Travel online.

From virtual museum tours to zoo streams to National Park tours and even Disney rides, being home means you can check out some of the most amazing places (and critters) in the world. A great opportunity to expand your horizons and virtually step away from your home. 

2.  Learn new things

There are so many ways to learn new things for free online. Want college-level courses without a tuition fee? Check out edX.org, which offers courses from over 160 member universities. Not interested in course work, but still want to learn? Then you want Khan Academy, a nonprofit whose goal is to make education accessible for everyone. Need a little personal support? Then sign up for the next installment of Yale’s The Science of Well-Being program on Coursera. This free class is meant to help us understand and change how we view ourselves and the world. 

Food is a great way to learn about other cultures. Places like Class Central, Udemy, Food Network, and Craftsy offer online cooking classes for all skill levels, from dinners to baked goods to cakery. 

3. Watch travel shows and documentaries. 

Netflix and Amazon Prime Video  have a large array of travel documentary show options from silly to serious. This is a great way to plan your post-pandemic travel wish list! 

4. Write…About Anything!

With more people on their devices, now is a great time to start blogging or writing. Places like Medium, Vocal+, and Substack can generate income, while fanStory  and Wattpad connect you with other writers to improve your writing skills.

Don’t know what to talk about? In the expanse of the internet, the sky’s the limit! Are you a parent? Have ADHD, an invisible illness, depression or anxiety? Write about the wins and struggles of your everyday life. What are you passionate about? Share your tutorials, tips and hacks. You’ll find other people just like you, and you’ll feel a little less lonely during this ongoing pandemic.

5. Read a book

Or two. Or three. Or more! 

Books are a fantastic way to slip out of reality from cover to cover. You can travel to different countries or galaxies. Meet new people. Be inspired to try new foods and learn about different cultures. Get lost in an epic romance in Ireland, or a terrifying thriller in the deep south. 

With access to books available at your fingertips, getting new books to read is so much easier than before. Even if you can’t afford to buy new books, apps like Libby, Overdrive and Hoopla can bring your library experience to the comfort of your home (as long as your library is in the system). Easy to setup and use, you’ll be reading in no time at all. 

If you can buy books, check out independent authors through your social media platforms. Hashtags like tiktok’s #booktok and Instagram’s #bookstagram showcase authors you might not know, who write amazing, diverse stories that will fill your days with all the adventure you need until it’s safe to travel again.

And We Will Be Safe Sooner Than You Know It!

But until then, may your days be filled with new opportunities and experiences in the comfort and safety of your home. 

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