How exactly to (Virtually) Travel the World

With the world on hold for the foreseeable, it’s likely to be a very long time before we reunite on the road. Once we begin to turn to the summertime, it’s likely that lots of destinations could keep their doors shut to international travelers before fall.

But that doesn’t mean we must put our wanderlust on hold.

With the world at our virtual fingertips, there are numerous methods to feed your inner traveler from the comfort of your bed.

Many destinations and museums now enable you to “visit them” virtually. And there’s also a lot of amazing books you can read, interesting films and Television shows you can view, and fun meetups and classes to become listed on.

In a nutshell, you can still start to see the world from your home. Here’s a listing of methods for you to travel virtually and keep your wanderlust spirit alive:

Books

Reading is probably the best & most budget-friendly methods to “travel” when you’re stuck indoors. You can transport you to ultimately far-flung destinations and get inspired by the energy of words — all from the comfort (and safety) of home.

Some very nice recent reads: The Yellow Envelope, Wanderlust, Ghengis Khan and the Making of today’s world, and An Irreverent Curiosity.

Listed below are various articles with an increase of books:

  • 12 Books to Take You All over the world
  • 13 Books WHICH WILL OFFER YOU Serious Wanderlust
  • 13 Non-Travel Books That Changed MY ENTIRE LIFE

Additionally, if you wish some monthly suggestions, have a look at our monthly book club. Every month you’ll get 3-5 books sent to your inbox!

Movies

There are lots of amazing films to select online right now. After all between Hulu, HBO, Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+, you can find whatever you want. (Netflix has been especially burning this month.) A few of my favorites:

  • Wild — Predicated on the novel of the same name, this movie follows Cheryl Strayed as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail in an effort to restart her life, end her drug addiction, and cope with her mother’s death.
  • Midnight in Paris — I just about love every movie about Paris, but that is among my all-time favorites. The movie follows Gil, a writer on holiday along with his fiancée and her family. During the night, he wanders the streets of Paris before stumbling right into a time warp that sends him back again to the 1920s.
  • The Beach — Staring a Leonardo DiCaprio, this movie is approximately young backpackers who attempt to find paradise while in Thailand.
  • Lost in Translation — This film goes in to the heart of chaotic Tokyo. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson play two characters adrift in the the town together.
  • In to the Wild — Predicated on a genuine story, this movie follows Christopher McCandless as he sheds his material life searching for something more.
  • A Map for Saturday — This documentary is best film about long-term travel.

For more suggestions, this is actually the complete list of the best travel movies and another post on LGBT Travel Movies and one on Africa-related films.

TELEVISION SHOWS

Looking for a few binge-worthy TV? Here are some suggestions to keep your wanderlust satiated from the comfort of your couch:

  • An Idiot Abroad — Comedian Ricky Gervais sends his clueless, culturally insensitive friend on hilarious (and frequently insightful) misadventures.
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown — In another of the very best travel shows available, the late Anthony Bourdain sheds light on new places and cultures as he eats his way all over the world.
  • GOOD WAY Round — Actor Ewan McGregor and his best friend travel over the planet on motorcycles in this epic miniseries (and in GOOD WAY Down they travel from Scotland to South Africa — again, on motorcycles).
  • Departures — Award-winning series chronicling two friends traveling the world together.
  • Dark Tourist — Journalist David Farrier visits a few of the world’s weirdest, scariest, & most tragic places.
  • The Amazing Race — Possible TV show where contestants race all over the world for cash prizes (there are over 30 seasons, so it’s ideal for bingeing!).
  • Big City, Little Budget — My pal Oneika Raymond hosts this show, where she shares budget tips and hidden gems to help you go through the best of big cities without breaking the lender.
  • Somebody Feed Phil — Phil Rosenthal, the creator of MANY PEOPLE REALLY LIKE Raymond, travels the world on a comedic culinary journey.

Virtual Meetups

Since we can’t meet personally at this time, we’ve been hosting our very own through The Nomadic Network. Weekly, we’ve meetups where we share stories, host guest speakers, and play games. We do about 2-3 weekly.

Listed below are this week’s events:

  • Launching a Career in Travel: A Roadmap with Kelly Lewis from Damesly
  • “A DECADE A Nomad” Book Talk and Q&A with Me
  • Meet Heather: Year-Long RTW Trip Winner from Nomadic Matt Giveaway

For future events, click to see what’s coming!

Virtual Tours (Museums, Galleries, Historical Sites, etc)

It appears every destination or museum is currently offering some virtual tour. I’m all for this. While it’s different then being there personally, it’s still a satisfying way to pass enough time, get inspired, and find out about the world. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Anne Frank Museum (Amsterdam)
  • Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam)
  • Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)
  • Picasso Museum (Barcelona)
  • Guggenheim (Bilbao)
  • Faroe Islands Virtual Tour (Denmark)
  • Salvatore Dali Museum (Figueres)
  • Uffizi Gallery (Florence)
  • The Giants Causeway (Ireland)
  • British Museum (London)
  • Buckingham Palace (London)
  • National Gallery (London)
  • Natural History Museum (London)
  • Tate Britain (London)
  • Metropolitan Museum (NY)
  • Coliseum (Rome)
  • Catacombs (Paris)
  • Louvre (Paris)
  • Musée d’Orsay (Paris)
  • Machu Picchu (Peru)
  • Ruins of Pompeii (Pompeii)
  • Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg)
  • Sweden Virtual Tour (Sweden)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)
  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC)

Free Tours on foot is also provide a couple of tours from around the world. They have walking tours, historical videos, plus much more. Have a look at their YouTube page for a thorough list!

CLASSES ON THE WEB

With more and more people home, online courses are seeing an enormous surge in activity. Actually, I myself have finally had the opportunity to bypass to taking a number of the courses I’ve bought ages ago. If you’re seeking to jump right into a new online course, here are some worth looking into:

  • MasterClass — The program is among my favorites. I watch a huge amount of masterclasses. They are mini-courses with a few of the most famous and successful people on earth, such as for example Margaret Atwood, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Martin Scorsese, Gordon Ramsay, Malcolm Gladwell, Alice Waters, Serena Williams, and many more.
  • Superstar Blogging — If you’re seeking to take up a blog or break right into the freelance writing industry, you can expect two courses which will help. You’ll get free tech support, weekly calls, and feedback and copyedits on your own writing.
  • Udemy — Udemy can be an online marketplace with over 100,000 online video courses. You will discover courses on virtually anything here!
  • Skillshare — A project-based marketplace for online courses. Like Udemy, there is plenty of variety here.
  • Massimo Bottura’s Kitchen Quarantine — World-class Italian chef Massimo Bottura cooks up a storm in his home kitchen.
  • Pasta-Making Class (with Italian Chefs) from Take Walks — The best tour company, Take Walks, demonstrates how to create delicious pasta in the home.
  • Seamus Mullen’s Quarantine Kitchen — Have a look at Seamus’s daily show for tips about clean and healthy eating.
  • José Andrés’ #RecipesforthePeople — Chef José Andrés is helping the world relearn simple, delicious recipes on his Twitter feed.

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Learn something new. Or meet some new friends in a virtual meetup. Or simply relax and eat snacks watching some movies.

We’ll be back on the highway again.

But, until we are able to, at least we are able

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How exactly to (Virtually) Travel the World