Calling all travelers! We know this quarantine thing seems to be dragging on, and that you’re probably disappointed that international travel seems pretty out of reach right now. But there’s still a lot you can do to explore the world from home. It’s no replacement for the real thing, but the following experiences are pretty exciting, eye-opening alternatives to sitting around binging the latest Netflix series. Better yet, many are bookable right here on Travelocity.com.
Join a guided tour
Whether you’re interested in famous cities or popular museums, there are thousands of online guided tours you can book right now. For example, you can join a live virtual tour with an English speaking guide to ask questions as they walk you through The Colosseum, The Eiffel Tower, The Changing of The Guard, Petra or even city-wide tours of Barcelona, to name a few. For a full list of available tours, which range in price from $10-20 (or free for non-guided tours), check out Travelocity’s things to do from home listings.
See a really good show
There’s never been a better time to see a rocking concert, laugh out loud over a comedy special or take in a moving Broadway performance right from your sofa. While you’ve probably already explored much of that content in recent months, have you tried She Loves Me on Broadway HD, Hamilton on Disney+, Mike Birbiglia on Netflix, or one of thousands of legendary concerts on YouTube, such as Greenday at Woodstock, The Beastie Boys, or even The Talking Heads (on Amazon)? If none of those suit your fancy, all you have to do is search for your favorites. You won’t be disappointed.
Ride a roller coaster from afar
Are you missing theme parks right now? We don’t blame you. But you’d be amazed at the sheer number of roller coasters and rides from all over the world that you can experience from a first-person view on YouTube. For example, Disney has all of their rides available online, as does just about every other popular park, via Attractions 360. You won’t have the same sensation as the actual thrill ride, but they’re are still a lot of fun and can build anticipation for when you can finally ride one someday.
Watch top-rated travel movies
You might be sick of Netflix by now, but there’s still a lot of good travel-oriented content out there. For example, have you seen all of the following: Indiana Jones (trilogy), Darjeeling Unlimited, Slumdog Millionaire, Little Miss Sunshine, Endless Summer, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Grand Budapest Hotel, Amelie, The Way, Green Book, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Catch Me If You Can, Out of Africa, The Terminal, or National Lampoon’s Vacation? If not, you’ve got a lot of work to do.
Take an online cooking class
Since international travel isn’t generally possible right now, why not experience another culture via an international cooking class? While there are a lot of great cooking classes on Netflix, Amazon Prime or YouTube, there are also a lot of live, guided cooking courses available for you to ask questions while you improve your technique. For example, there’s a live pizza-making class with Italian chefs, Spanish tapas class, or Pasta-making class to name a few.
Hit the virtual road trip
Last but not least, if you want to test out an actual road trip before taking one yourself, which is a very popular pastime these days, try one of thousands of virtual road trips on YouTube. Here’s a handy link to get you started, but basically just search any of your desired routes on YouTube, and you’re sure to find dozens of HD dash cams videos of what to expect when you’re finally back on the road.
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