Sofa Travel: Tips to Travel the World From the Comfort of Your Home
You may still be feeling a little overwhelmed about this uncertain period of time, but remaining optimistic has never been more important and rewarding than at this very moment. Canceling or postponing all the trips, collecting credits and managing travel funds from flying companies and feeling anxious about not being able to discover all the places on your wanderlust and bucket list.
If you are a frequent traveler and you miss flying out, now is the best time to delve into the depths of your imagination, your intuitiveness and your most cherished travel moments to keep the passion alive and burning for everything that you do.
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Ever heard of sofa travel? This trend provides the perfect alternative to being able to “see and travel” the world, safely and conveniently from the comfort of your own home.
Who says you cannot travel at this time? We can all at least pretend like we are traveling because after all, traveling is also a state of mind. From having a unique and almost-real travel experience through virtual reality headsets to travelling the world through the pages of a book, there are many ways to traverse to new and exciting locations without leaving your home.
Now is the best time to reignite that intrigue and make plans for some of your dream travel destinations. We have enlisted some of our favourite ways to keep you imagining and daydreaming for your next adventure.
Travel in style with Pinterest
Spend some time browsing through Pinterest and get fascinated in all the aesthetics and pegs that you can pin onto the boards. Make it your daily source of inspiration for everything and anything travel – be it your dream travel destinations, the latest travel style and fashion, or the different local cuisines and culture.
Aside from enjoying a mental vacation as you scroll through all these beautiful travel photos, you can also use it to start planning your trips by simply pinning the photos with links to guides, local food spots, and accomodation. Isn’t it a much more fun way of relaxing your mind, boosting your creativity and imagination, and planning for your next getaway?
Travelling through pages
While there are a lot of travel resources available online, nothing compares flipping the pages of your favorite travel magazine. Read and get lost in beautiful pictures and discover the latest travel news, trends, and guides. You can also learn from the different people featured in these travel magazines and be inspired with their unique travel stories. Plus, you can get amazing tips for the places you plan to visit or are visiting frequently.
Installing your own book shelf is a great way to utilize your homeroom space efficiently.
Some of the best travel magazines to read include Conde Nast Traveller, Yolo Journal, and National Geographic, among others.
You can also delve into inspiring travel books. Whether you’re a real book lover or you just simply enjoy the comfort that comes with sitting down and getting lost every now and again, you know that there is something quite magical about getting into a well-written and thought-provoking read.
Read through some of these fascinating books: Where Architects Sleep: The Most Stylish Hotels in the World, which will take you on a wonderful journey through some of the most beautiful design-led places to stay and destinations from the insights of some of the world’s leading architects; 150 Restaurants You Need to Visit Before You Die, which will give you a great list of some of the best restaurants to try and will make your mouth water with its featured places and cuisines; The Art of Looking Up, which, showcases beautiful ceilings around the world that are absolutely breathtaking.
Travel with videos & podcasts
It’s interesting how today’s online platforms are full of various content like documentaries, shows, and vlogs from traveling.
Netflix offers different travel documentaries and series, DocumentaryTube has amazing travel videos that you can access for free, and YouTube has thousands of cool travel vlogs. These travel videos will not only give you travel inspiration but also additional learning about different cultures, politics, and habits around the world.
You can also tune in on travel podcasts as a way to entertain yourself while getting a wealth of knowledge for your next trip.
Watching a travel documentary or listening to a destination-related podcast is just another one of the creative ways that can make us move our mind, body, and soul around the globe from the comfort of our home.
Watching or listening to the travel experiences of others can even bring equally as much joy. Some of the podcasts to listen to are Zero To Travel and Women Who Travel. For travel documentaries, you can watch Dark Tourist, Pedal The World, World’s Busiest Cities, and Chef’s Table, among others.
Travelling with food
Do you also think that travel and food go hand in hand? Traveling is nothing without tasting the local country cuisine. Think about and try to remember the taste and smell of those favorite meals that you have tried in your travels.
And while you are staying at home, try to browse through some cookbooks and allow yourself to be transported anytime, in any culture. Check out My Cooking Inspiration Online, The Travel Kitchen by Lonely Planet, Kitchen Quarantine: Massimo Bottura, London’s Borough Market: Online Cooking Classes, and Nona Live: Virtual Cooking Class with Italian Granny for some cooking tips and techniques.
You may also want to check out Street Food, which takes viewers on a journey to some of the most vibrant cities around the world, showcasing their rich cultures and food offerings. The episodes feature the traditions and perseverance that go into many cultures’ cuisines reflecting the personal connections that the people who make the food have with it.
Meanwhile, if you don’t enjoy cooking, you can just order from your favorite restaurant and support local business. Open your favorite bottle of wine or get yourself a cocktail drink that would take you to a special place.
Travel with Google
Have you ever thought about visiting the world’s best museums? Good news for you. You can now visit some of them through Google.
Think British Museum in London, Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul and many more. You can prepare yourself a drink and get ready for a little cultural education.
Meanwhile, if you are not interested in art, you can explore virtual street views or cultural heritage sites instead. If you are a great outdoor lover, you can virtually explore national parks and attractions on Google like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Alcatraz Island.
Have fun and remember, you don’t have to wait in line to visit these amazing places.
Travelling with films
Staying at home enables us to catch up on movies in our must-seen list or re-watch our favorite films.Good movies have the power to transport us to different places, to different moments and make us feel adventurous. They can also make us want to buy a plane ticket and just escape immediately.
A home theater or a media room allows homeowners to have that surround sound, cinematic experience any time of the day.
You can check out a bunch of travel movies that will show you the most beautiful places to visit and inspire you on your next travel journey.
Some of the best travel movies to watch include Roman Holiday, Into The Wild, Under The Tuscan Sun, Roma, Eat Pray Love, Copenhagen, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Travel through previous adventures and travel experiences
What our situation now tells us is that we don’t need to go to new places to discover new and meaningful things. We can always go back and tap into the memories we’ve had in the past, the amazing adventures we’ve done in our previous travels.
Whichever your favourite travel experience is, why not revisit it by browsing through your collection of photographs from your trips.
Use this time to reminisce and reflect on your past adventures and go back in time as you’re doing it. It’s a great way to remind yourself of the fascinating experiences you already have in your mind, rather than looking for more experiences which just are not possible at the moment.
Travelling with virtual reality
With virtual reality, you can now go to your dream destinations without leaving your comfort zone. It doesn’t matter where you are, you can hike Mount Everest, lounge on a beach in Thailand or snorkel beside large manta rays in the ocean, without actually being there.
Since travelling is still limited, virtual travel is the next best thing, allowing us to switch off for just a minute and immerse ourselves in these beautiful places through the magical potential of digital.
Some of the VR travel experiences to try for yourself include Northern Lights over Lapland, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and Underwater Experience.
Aside from enjoying sofa travel from the comfort of your own home, you can also get a feel of various luxury destinations by browsing through Brittany Corporation’s roster of thematic luxury homes.
Brittany Corporation is the premier name in luxury real estate development in the Philippines and a subsidiary of the largest homebuilder Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. that offers Old European and American-themed projects and creates masterpieces of upscale living for luxury homebuyers with a taste for artful living.
Brittany Corporation offers a fine selection of home designs in excellent locations: Portofino in Alabang, La Posada in Sucat, Augusta, Georgia Club, and Promenade in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Crosswinds in Tagaytay.
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If you want to know more about these luxury properties, you may consult Brittany Corporation’s official selling arm, Brittany Sales Force.
Brittany Sales Force is composed of real estate sales professionals with vast experience in luxury real estate and proven track record in handling and servicing the most prestigious clientele in the country.