Let’s start this off by saying…stay home. If you’re able to work from home, do so. If you’re able to self-isolate, do so. Stay inside, wash your hands and avoid the potential spread of coronavirus further than it already has in your city or country.
However, for those of us addicted to adventures all over the world, there are still ways to “travel” during self-isolation that will fuel your wanderlust without contributing to the spread of the virus.
Travelling from your bed has never been easier. Just because you’re self-isolating or are quarantined, you don’t have to stop exploring the world. Immerse yourself in other cultures and learn about the world and others around you…just do so safely from the confines of your own home.
How To “Travel” During Self-Isolation
1. Download A Museum App
Even though museums around the world are closing due to coronavirus, it doesn’t mean you can’t still visit them. Most major museums, such as the Louvre, the Uffizi Gallery and The Getty Museum all have apps you can download. Explore hundreds of artworks and learn about their history as a way to enrich your self-isolation and inspire future travels.
2. Explore Google Street View
Sure, it’s not the same as taking a trip to Barcelona or New York City, but exploring Google Street View is one unique way to travel during self-isolation. Explore unknown streets in faraway lands. See how far into the Moroccan desert you can get. Visit the Colosseum from the comfort of your couch.
3. Create Pinterest Boards
It can seem hard to remain hopeful during a time like now. If you’re self-isolating, especially, it can feel lonely and somewhat grim. However, if you’re feeling unmotivated, anxious or overwhelmed with everything that is going on in the world right now, it can help to create vision or dream boards for future plans. Whether they’re travel-related or not, it can help you think of a happier, brighter future.
4. Learn A New Language
Studies show that it can increase the number of neural pathways between parts of the brain. So, during self-isolation or quarantine, why not take the time to learn a new language. This will include listening to audios or watching videos of native speakers, which can immediately transport you all over the world. How to travel during self-isolation? Imagine yourself speaking French under the Eiffel Tower.
5. Connect With Others Around the World
Dialup is an app that was initially created to combat loneliness amongst individuals around the world by serendipitously connecting them to strangers for a chat. Now, they’ve developed a unique QuarantineChat service that connects individuals who are quarantined or in self-isolation following the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re feeling lonely, you can chat with others around the world who are also stuck inside.
6. Watch Foreign Films
Similarly to learning a foreign language, exploring the world from the comfort of your home during self-isolation is easy with so many fantastic foreign films on Netflix and other streaming services nowadays. Travel to South Korea and explore a darker side of life in Seoul by watching Parasite. Or, make it out to Tuscany and watch Under the Tuscan Sun.
7. Browse Instagram Hashtags
If you’re too exhausted and overwhelmed to do much of anything, just relax. Browse through hashtags on Instagram that inspire you to travel and help you remember just how beautiful the world really is. Engage with positive social media posts and start dreaming about how you’re going to help the world become a better place once you’re able to get up and back out in it.