In many states throughout the US, the sunshine is coming in hot; declaring longer days that we crave to fill with beach excursions, BBQs, and dinners al fresco. However, with the country still strategizing our great emergence, we take pride in doing our part to stay safe at home. While many of us have had to postpone exciting plans like attending mid-summer weddings, road-tripping to newfound nature, and slipping off the grid, the wanderer inside you can still get their kicks from the comfort of your couch. Read on for our guide to traveling within the limitations of sheltering in place.
What’s the first thing you do when you get to a new city? We like to book tickets to the coolest museums in town. Ever innovative, Google Arts & Culture has set up a database where you can access over 2,500 museums worldwide, virtually. Always dreamt of meandering through The Musée d’Orsay in Paris or soaking up Frida Kahlo’s very essence in her home turned museum? Now’s your chance. If you prefer the richness of performance-based art, head to the Royal Opera House for your culture hit. London’s famous opera house is streaming a weekly program of opera, ballet, and more.
“The wanderer inside you can still get their kicks from the comfort of your couch.”
While we’re patiently awaiting the days we can snake through Bali traffic by scooter or hit the majestic snowy slopes of the North once more, we do have the ability to hop from continent to continent via some of our favorite binge-worthy shows. On our list: the classic culinary adventures of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, virtual real estate inspo with The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, and for your own virtual safari, check out Night on Earth.
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Take a crash course in contemporary French cuisine and beyond with model Alice Moireau, who has turned her Instagram into a mouth-watering destination for daily recipes. Or take a deep dive into eclectic recipes via NYC based chef Nir Sarig through his account @lookatmeeating. Try your hand at fresh-bake foccacia, or bite into a simple Shakshuka recipe. The images alone will transport you, and the activity will fill your day (and your belly) with joy.
Now more than ever, we are finding the freedom to roam between the pages of our favorite novels. Through the beautiful words of Hemingway, Kerouac, or Fitzgerald we can almost feel the foreign breeze on our cheek. Teleport your imagination to the marshlands of the North Carolina coast with Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, or Naples, Italy circa 1950 via the My Brilliant Friend trilogy by Elena Ferrante. If you’re looking for something more visually stimulating and less word-heavy, the Gypset collection by Julia Chaplin is a must, including her latest release Tulum Gypset.