Many people, including ourselves, canceled trips amid the global “stay home, stay healthy” lockdown orders. Others are just looking for ways to enjoy the world for free, get inspired for an upcoming trip, or enliven homeschool. Whatever your reason, the positive news is that COVID-19 has resulted in a bounty of free or creative ways to virtually travel the world right from the comfort of your own house!
Virtual World Family Travel
It’s easier than ever to travel the world right from the comfort of your own home. Here are the virtual travel experiences our family enjoys the most. Wrap yourself in a snuggly blanket and let’s travel the world!
Plan Your Next Trip
As a travel lover and travel blogger, planning a trip is my favorite way to pass time when I’m not actually traveling. Sometimes too much time! Here are some great ways to start researching your next (or next several) trips:
Read travel blogs! Start with this blog and see where your research takes you.
Snuggle in your PJs and enjoy a performance. Musicals, plays, opera, ballet, and symphonies are all streaming from top theaters around the world. Take the chance to try out a new genre. Some performances are free and some require a small fee to support the organization.
Here are the resources we have been enjoying the most:
The Shows Must Go On! streams a different full-length musical every weekend. Performances start at 7:00 pm BST and run for 48 hours.
Zoos and aquariums worldwide have live “animal cams” so you can see what antics animals get up to when visitors aren’t cramping their style. We prefer live “keeper talks” where an expert shares information about a specific species or exhibit. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens is our favorite, but Georgia Aquarium and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy are excellent too. Although these programs are no longer live, you can still enjoy the recorded presentations.
Go on Safari
If you’re looking for a wilder experience than a zoo, head out on safari instead. WildEarth is hosting LIVE safaris twice each day (sunrise and sunset local time). The WildEarth rangers take you on safari in the north-east corner of South Africa.
Take a Cooking Class in Your Own Kitchen
We lean towards baking more than cooking, but we don’t mind cooking when someone tells us what to do. Here are some cooking classes we have our eye on:
Do you enjoy palaces and castles? Now you don’t have to wait for the royal family to go on summer holiday. You can take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace any day of the year. You can continue your tour of UK castles by visiting Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
If France is your preferred destination, check out the Palace of Versailles. Last time we visited IRL, the interior was so crowded we could hardly see anything. I think we enjoyed virtually travelling inside more. Yikes!
Another great source for travel inspiration is to read books highlighting different cultures. Look for books written by people from the culture in the book. We like the book lists on Colours of Us and I’m your neighbor and for Native American books, AILA Indian Youth Literature Award lists. If you’re daunted by names, try an audiobook or look for a pronunciation recording on YouTube.
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