Home Travel: 12 Ways to Travel the World Without Leaving Home

It’s a gutwrenching feeling when a long-awaited trip gets canceled. In fact, I arrived in Croatia a few weeks ago and my Airbnb was booked for a month. Unfortunately, I had to leave after being there for a week. I was heartbroken and I feel like I got cheated out of a trip. However, there are ways that you can keep the spirit of traveling alive even when your trip gets canceled. The answer is home travel. That’s right – you can still travel from home even when you’re unable to actually travel.

I’m back in the States for an indefinite amount of time and my wanderlust soul is dying inside. To combat these feelings of misery (I know that’s a dramatic choice of wording, but I really do feel miserable), I’ve been doing activities every day that make me feel like I’m traveling. Here are twelve fun ways that you can travel the world without leaving the comfort of your home.

  

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Explore a Virtual Museum

Several iconic museums around the world are offering free virtual tours. Obviously, it’s not the same as actually being in the city and exploring the different exhibits in person. However, virtual museums provide a great opportunity for home travel. You can explore a number of them from your couch while even wearing pajamas. Here are some renowned museums that are offering virtual tours:

Do home travel and visit the Louvre in Paris.
Do home travel and visit the Louvre in Paris. | Photo by Yeo Khee on Unsplash

Click here to access all of the virtual museum tours that are being offered through Google Arts & Culture. My favorite one is The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Learn a New Language

Learning a new language gives you a deeper connection with another culture and gives you a better understanding of it. It also opens up doors when actually visiting countries where the language is spoken. 

For example, my husband speaks Spanish. When we were traveling through South America, we had a few tour guides who didn’t speak English. My husband was able to speak with them in Spanish and he translated it back to English for me.

Further, I’m fluent in Hindi. One of my favorite travel memories is from Kuwait. We were eating street food and a man inside was making Arabic bread. We locked eyes a few times because I was intrigued by how effortlessly he was making mass amounts of bread. He then invited us into the kitchen and let us make bread with him. He didn’t speak English, but he spoke Hindi. We were able to communicate with each other because of that. I would have missed out on a lot of great conversations had I not spoken Hindi.

You can also learn languages from movies and tv shows. Special shoutout to Narcos for teaching me a few words of Spanish. I’m looking forward to the day where I can move to Colombia for a few months and learn how to fluently speak.

I truly believe that languages unify us and bring us closer to people. Duolingo is a great and free resource that helps you learn a new language. 


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Cook or Order in Meals From Other Countries

Food is my favorite. It fixes my bad attitude caused by being hangry. In our four years of marriage, Amos has learned that the best way to mitigate any argument is by feeding me. 

Half the reason why I travel is to try all the yummy dishes in various countries. I firmly believe that food also brings us closer and allows us to experience another culture on a deeper level. I love cooking Indian, Mexican, and Chinese dishes. Since I’ve been traveling, I’ve also come to love Turkish, Peruvian, and Korean food. 

A great way to experience home travel is to make food from other country or order in international cuisine.
Experience home travel by cooking your favorite international meals or ordering them in. | Photo by Tai’s Captures on Unsplash

Grab a few international cookbooks and get to cooking. If you’re not into cooking, order in your favorite international meal. You’ll forget that you’re doing home travel rather than actual travel.


Go on Disney Rides Around the World

Personally, the thought of going to a Disney theme park makes me want to cringe. I don’t think I can handle the crowds and hoards of children there. Plus, I don’t have a personal interest in spending heaps of money on amusement park rides. It sounds like hell to me rather than a vacation. 

However, I know some of you are huge Disney fans. There’s nothing wrong with that. Several Disney parks around the world are offering virtual rides. This is a fun home travel activity especially if you have kids. You can find a full list here

Read Travel Blogs

Reading blog posts from your favorite travel blogger will make you feel like you’re traveling. It’s an educational experience by helping you learn about new destinations. I personally think travel blogs are more educational than travel guides because you’re getting to read about someone’s actual experience and their opinions. 

This is, in fact, one of my favorite ways to experience home travel. Believe it or not, I am not my favorite travel blogger. Yes, I’ve been to lots of really neat places over the course of the past two and a half years. However, I love reading posts about adventure travel and solo travel because that’s not something I do. 

Find a travel blogger you absolutely love and virtually travel with them. If I’m your favorite travel blogger, I’m incredibly honored. If I’m not, you might want to reconsider that decision. Just kidding – keep looking until you find the one.


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Tour National Parks

Like I said in the section above, adventure travel isn’t my jam. I don’t like hiking and all that jazz. Therefore, virtually exploring national parks is my cup of tea. I think it’s rather comforting taking a trip to the great outdoors from indoors. The best part is that you won’t have to wait in any queues when touring national parks as a part of home travel.

You can tour national parks through home travel.
Yellowstone National Park is included on this list. | Photo by Jim Strasma on Unsplash

Google Earth is offering free virtual tours of thirty-one national parks around the States. Google Arts & Culture is offering 113 tours of other national parks as a part of their “The Hidden World of National Parks” exhibit. 

Watch Travel Inspired Movies

You’re probably watching movies and tv anyway. Why not watch travel-inspired movies instead? With heaps of streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and more, you have travel right at your fingertips. I’ve added several places to my bucket list just from watching travel movies. It’s also really cool to have been to a place where a movie is filmed in. Some fun travel movies include:

  • “Eat, Pray, Love”
  • “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
  • “Parts Unknown”
  • “Mamma Mia”
  • “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”
  • “Crazy Rich Asians”
  • “Under the Tuscan Sun”
  • “Letters to Juliet”
  • “Midnight in Paris”

Create a Travel Collage

I’ve taken heaps of photos from around the world and I haven’t had a chance to organize them. A fun way to participate in home travel is by organizing photos from your past trips or creating collages. Even if you don’t have scrapbooking materials at home, you can still create a virtual scrapbook for free using Canva.  

A fun way to do home travel is to create a travel collage.
A fun way to do home travel is to create a travel collage. | Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

Going through old travel photos is a fun way to relive some precious memories. I’ve actually been doing that almost every day to keep the spirit of traveling alive.

Play Travel Related Board Games

Another great way to have an adventure through home travel is to play travel-inspired board games. These are a fun way to have a friendly competition and to get everyone in the house involved. You can even turn it into a chill drinking game to keep things entertaining. Here are some exciting travel-themed games:


Color in a Travel Inspired Coloring Book

Coloring is therapeutic and relaxing. It’s also a pretty mindless activity. I love this (insert affiliate link for lonely planet coloring book) coloring book. You can color 100 awesome places around the world and there are descriptions included for each place so you can learn more about them. Don’t forget to grab a box of colored pencils.


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Set up a Resort at Home

This is going to be easier for those who have a backyard and a pool. Turn on some tropical music. Put on your swimsuit. Make some margaritas and piña coladas. Grab a pair of sunnies and go lounge outside. Even though you’re doing home travel, this activity will have you feeling like you’re laying on the beaches in Mexico. 

Create a Travel Bucket List

If you’re unable to travel for whatever reason, now is the perfect time to write your dream travel bucket list. Remember earlier when I told you to read posts written by your favorite travel bloggers? You’ll find heaps of travel inspiration from their blogs. 

Don’t be shy. Write down every possible destination you want to visit. Make this list pretty and fun. Find a template online and fill it out. If you have arts and crafts supplies at home, make your own bucket list template. This home travel activity is particularly fun because it makes you realize how many breathtaking places there are in the world.

With that being said, start saving money so you can visit all of the incredible destinations on your list. Here’s a post that I wrote that teaches you exactly how to create a travel budget that actually works. It even includes a free printable to help you keep track of your finances. 

A few places on my travel bucket list are Tunisia, Lebanon, Seychelles, Pakistan, French Polynesia, Morocco, Jordan, Cuba, Iceland, and Antarctica. 


I hope you found this list helpful and that it gave you some great ideas for home travel when you can’t actually travel. This post is also perfect if you’re in a long-distance relationship and need virtual date night ideas.  Is there anything else that you do to keep the magic of traveling alive when you’re unable to travel? Let me know in the comments below. 

 

 

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Disha is a travel and lifestyle blogger who has visited 85+ countries with South Africa and the Maldives being her favorites. She gets butterflies sharing her travel and life experiences through words. She loves freedom, sunflowers, and long walks on the beach with her husband. She's obsessed with helping others live a life they don't have to escape from. Lastly, she makes travel more accessible and attainable for others.

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42 Comments

  1. There are so many great ideas in this post. I especially love the idea to create a travel collage. We have so many photos we could use and it would be the perfect way to reminisce on our travels.

  2. I am definitely taking advantage of those free Google Earth tours of National Parks! What a great way to get a glimpse of them and decide where to visit once we can all travel again!

    1. I’ve been taking one virtual tour per day and it definitely helps with travel withdrawals. Thanks for reading!

  3. This inspired me to do things I may not have thought of. Such a helpful post. Times like this are so strange, especially when travel is a big part of your life. So these simple things are such great reminders.

  4. This is such an awesome post! Travel blues really setting in my household and as if things aren’t stressful enough, we can’t even leave the house! Love these ideas, especially the Disney tip. I had no idea! My daughter would love that! I love food too so have been watching a lot of food travel shows. Killing 2 birds with one stone. LOL!

  5. This is such a fun list of ways you can virtually travel from home! I have been wanting to learn spanish for awhile so this is the perfect time!

  6. Omg setting up a “resort” or getaway outside sounds so fun! I haven’t thought of that before, but I would love to bring Mexico to my backyard! I also love backyard camping!

  7. Wonderful post! Thank you for sharing. I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, but not enough to…fly to the Grand Canyon and walk through. Perhaps a virtual tour will suffice. I didn’t know Canva has an option for a digital collage. That’s brilliant. Collaging is a hobby, but most of my photos these days are digital or through my phone. Duolingo is a fantastic resource. ”Le Bazar de la Charité” (The Bonfire of Destiny) on Netflix is a great way to learn or practice French.

    Also loved the humor sprinkled throughout the text!

    I recommend “Around the World in 50 Years” if you like to read and haven’t yet browsed through. It’s a vivid memoir that helps you to feel as if you’re along on the journey with him.

  8. I wrote a similar post a couple of weeks ago! I had no idea Disney parks were offering virtual rides, I think I’ll give that a go!

  9. I agree there are so many ways to know a world without leaving home. I cook food around the world or read some travel themed books.

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