I’m sure like me, many of you had vacations booked this year and now with having to social distance and isolate, travelling is not an option in the current climate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t vacation at home. Today I’m going to share with you some ideas of how you can feel vacation vibes with out having to leave your house.
Vacationing At Home
Obviously with current measures that are in place around the world, going out and holidaying aren’t options, but with restaurants doing takeaways and grocery store still being open means we can at least enjoy good food. While museums and zoo’s are offering virtual tours which means we can visit them right from our living rooms.
Create or Enjoy a Meal Based on a Place you would like to Visit.
Just because you can’t enjoy a coffee and pastry from a caffe’ in France or eat pasta in Rome doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy food from the region you dreamed of visiting. Self-isolation is giving us more time to devote to new things, so how about picking a dish from your chosen destination and have a go at creating it yourself at home, or if cooking’s not your thing then how about supporting a local restaurant and order food from them through a food delivery app.
Take a Virtual Tour
Dream of visiting the Louvre in Paris or The Met in New York or Maybe it’s The British Museum, Where ever it may be I bet you didn’t know that a lot of Museums and galleries offer virtual tours, which means you don’t even have to leave your living room to get that cultural experience. Goodhousekeeping.com and Escape.com.au both have an extensive list of places you can visit virtually, go check them out and explore.
Camping at Home
I’m not one for camping but I know there are a lot of people who really enjoy the experience, going on your annual camping trip might not be an option at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the experience by camping at home instead. So how about pitching the tent in the backyard, warming up by a campfire, roasting some marshmallows and talk to each other. Don’t have a big enough backyard then how about camping out in your living room, obviously its not the same but creating a fort out of blankets might be just what the kids need and it can still be just as much fun, you just don’t need to worry about the weather.
Create that Hotel Experience at Home
Okay so lounging by the pool at some fancy resort, and taking a trip to the hotel spa might be off the card for a while but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun at home and create that luxury experience your after. Whether you’re after a pamper session or room service there are a few options, like ordering your favourite bath bomb or shower gel from Lush, lighting a couple of candles, maybe a face mask (you can do a D.I.Y Face Mask if your don’t have one) or pour a glass of wine to give you that relaxing feeling and maybe top it of with some spa music from your favourite music streaming app. If you’re looking for that room service experience, you could order some food from a local restaurant via a food delivery app, you are getting some beautiful yummy food and also supporting your local hospitality industry, or maybe enjoy a D.I.Y turn down service by making sure your getting in to a freshly made bed, maybe add a nice room spray, really there are numerous options (do a google search for more ideas.)
Creating the at Home Cinema Experience
Were you hoping to check out a highly anticipated new release at the cinema and now that’s not an option, why not create an at home cinema experience, pick your favourite movie or a new to rent release, close the blinds, grab some snacks and get comfy. I’m sure this is something that the whole family would enjoy.
Explore Nature from The Comfort of your Lounge Room
For most getting outside isn’t an option right now, for obvious reasons. If you haven’t got a backyard to go sit out and enjoy some time in the sun in, then these options might help you. Along with Museums offering virtual tours, some Zoo’s and Aquariums are also offering virtual tours or live streams of their enclosures (I’ll include a list of some below.) Another option could be exploring regions virtually, did you know that Qantas (Australia’s Biggest National Airline) offer virtual tours of places like Sydney Harbour and Hamilton Island (you really should check this one out its breath taking), they also have a series of guided mediation videos that will help you get that relaxing feeling of being outdoors.
Explore Nature Virtually:
- Escape.com.au Virtual Tours List (also includes some virtual nature tours as well as zoo virtual tours, scroll down to see their options.)
- Qantas Meditation Series
- Virtual Tours of Uluru
- Qantas 360 experience (article by concreteplayground.com)(this article features the Hamilton Island 360 virtual tour.)
- Perth Zoo
- Victoria Zoo’s Animals at Home
- Australian Reptile Park (ARP TV)
- Zoo’s SA Zoo to You
- Taronga Zoo / Taronga TV
Write a Bucket List of Places you would like to Visit
While you’re making meals inspired by places you would like to visit or taking virtual tours, why not write a bucket list of the places you would like to visit once lock down is over. Try using a search engine to explore what your chosen destination has to offer, maybe even create a mood board with pictures and the names of the places you would like to see and once this is all over and things go back to normal you can start planning that holiday.
I hope this post gave you some interesting ideas for creating that vacation experience at home, I know I’ll definatly be checking out some of those virtual tours and I’d love to try making something inspired by a destination.
Until next time, stay safe guys,
Image credits: Featured Image: woman sitting on brown wooden chair beside coconut Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Pexels.com, Cover Image at top of page by Erin Applebee. Other images, 1/selective focus photography of pasta with tomato and basil Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com, 2/folding chairs outdoors Photo by Susanne Jutzeler on Pexels.com, 3/bath bomb on a scarf Photo by Burst on Pexels.com, 4/apple iphone smartphone desk Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com .
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