It seems like the world has stopped, and we can no longer enjoy the things we got so used to. Although it is partially true, there are still a lot of things we can enjoy from our homes. Luckily, there are other ways to explore the world and learn about cultures – online travel. So, instead of dreaming of your next adventure, there are plenty of things you can discover right from your couch.
Read a Book
Literature is an amazing way to transfer yourself to a different country. You can learn about Chile and its culture from Alejandra Zambra’s book “Ways of Going Home” and at the same time enjoy a deep and unique story. You can understand more about remote places like Zimbabwe by reading “The Book of Memory” by Petina Gappah. Choose a book that speaks to you and have a cozy evening at home with a warm beverage and your favorite sweets.
Learn Photo Editing
If you want to be creative and have some fun, add new background to your photo and create a digital memory from a different country in one minute. Are you dreaming of sunbathing on the beach? Look for a photo of a gorgeous beach online and copy-paste yourself into it. Maybe, you are dying to visit Paris. Find a picture of the Eiffel Tower and insert yourself into it in two clicks.
Get on YouTube Walk Tours
YouTube has given us many ways to entertain ourselves. One of them is a collection of amazing walk tours that offer you an opportunity to visit almost any place you want. Enjoy the sunset walk in the Orange County, discover Osaka at night, and explore incredible Seoul all from your couch.
Explore UNESCO Heritage
Thanks to the internet, you can discover the most valuable places in the world – including on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Thanks to Google Maps, they have become accessible to everybody. Be stunned by 12th century Angkor Wat in Cambodia, take a walk through the Bwindi National Park in Uganda, and take a look at giant tortoise at the best diving place in the world – the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador.
Check out Abandoned Places
There is always something mysterious and weirdly attractive about abandoned places. They spike your adrenaline and leave you with a spooky feeling. Now it is the perfect time to take a tour through the most famous abandoned places and dive into their somberness. Go to Google Maps and discover Pripyat in Ukraine and The Maunsell Sea Forts in England.
In the anticipation of your future adventures, get on Pinterest, and create a board with the images from the countries you are going to visit next. Once in a while, you can open your Pinterest board and get inspired by these amazingly beautiful places.
Visit Museums Online
If you are an art lover, get on online museum tours. Visit the official website of your favorite museum and look for a virtual tour. Look at Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile at Louvre without any queues, get a glimpse of the Sistine Chapel at Vatican Museum, and visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to see the famous sunflowers.
Every true traveler suffers from current limitations. Although it is frustrating, these measures are necessary, so let’s embrace our fate and do something productive with our free time.