How To Scratch the Travel Itch Without Physically Traveling | PART 2

Here’s Part 2, where we give you some inspiration on how to cope when all you want to do is go outside and explore new places, new cultures, and simply escape the daily grind. 

So, let’s get going, shall we?

Take a Museum Tour from your Couch

Besides taking a Virtual Tour through some of the most fascinating and beautiful places in the world, you also have the opportunity to take a Virtual Tour through various famous museums and art galleries in the comfort of your own home. Again, we’ve already created a list for you of the “crème de la crème” of the cultural scene. You’re welcome 😉 

Guggenheim Museum, New York

The “Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,” which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is probably one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. It’s famous for its astonishing collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art, but also features special exhibitions throughout the year.

Credits: Tomas Eidsvold

British Museum, London

The iconic museum located in the heart of London first opened its doors in 1759. Since then, it exhibited a wide variety of collections dedicated to human history, art, and culture. 

Credits: Viktor Forgacs

Musée du Louvre, Paris

It was in 1793 that the Louvre we know today became the famous, public, and the world’s largest art museum. Before that time, the historic monument was part of the Royal Palace. And with around 9 million visitors every year, it is, without doubt, the most visited art museum in the world.

Credits: Uriel Soberanes

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea

The MMCA is a museum complex in South Korea, that first opened the doors of its main museum in Gwacheon in 1969 and has since then expanded to Deoksugung, Seoul, and Cheongju. The complete collection of all museum sites includes artworks of Korean and international established artists, as well as a few newcomers. 

Credits: Eric Park

Natural History Museum, London

This British museum, with its majestic central hall, is a popular tourist attraction and also one of the leading scientific research centers. The whole complex is divided into five main sections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology. 

Credits: Kevin Mueller

If you’re eager to enjoy more museums and art galleries, check out this list here.

Enjoy a Close-up Live Concert and Performance of your Favorite Artists

Due to the most recent events, people spend more time at home than usual. But the current situation also affects our favorite musicians and artists, who got quite creative when it comes to entertaining their fans from their sofa to yours during this time. From Pop Singers to Rock Bands (and everything in between and beyond!), and from composers to opera singers – all of them found their own ways to stay connected. (What a great time to be alive during the era of the internet!)

Live stream concerts are booming nowadays, and you don’t even have to look far to find a stream of your beloved artist. The first places to go are the social media channels. Instagram is known for its opportunity to share live videos, and they are quite popular among its users. Also, on YouTube, Twitch, and even Facebook, you find plenty of live streams you’ll be able to enjoy. 

Credits: Priscilla Du Preez

Here, here, and here are some Livestreams & Virtual Concerts for you to watch. Feel free to check them out 🙂 

By the way, if you’re more into classical or orchestra music, as well as ballet, you’ll be pleased to hear that some opera houses and concert houses for classical music also offer online live concerts. The “Digital Concert Hall” of the Berlin Philharmonic, f.e., is now free for everyone, meaning you get free access to all concerts and films. Make sure also to check out the streams of the “Wiener Staatsoper,” “Met Opera,” and “Opera Vision.” Here and here are two lists for more performances and streams. 

Credits: Manuel Nageli

Get cooking!

So, let’s head over to another reason why you might miss traveling. Food.

People love traveling for food. When we’re out exploring the world around us, we create memories through our senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch, and, of course, taste. But if you’re currently unable to travel for food, bring that food into your kitchen! What is it that you’re missing? Is it a Thai curry? Italian pasta? French croissants? Or something else? 

Credits: @grimnoir

Again, we’re lucky to enjoy all the benefits of the World Wide Web, because there are PLENTY of websites and YouTube tutorials that show you how to cook the original “Pad Thai,” “Tajarin al Tartufo,” bake some sweet “Macarons,” or even how to mix the best “Piña Colada.”

So that’s it! Those are our tips on how to best deal with the nasty travel itch. Maybe we inspired you to find other ways for online or virtual traveling – that’s fine as well! 🙂 

And don’t worry, the time will come where you’ll lay on a sandy beach again thinking back on how you bravely mastered your “holidays at home.”