Over the last few weeks, the world has changed faster than we ever imagined. We’re in lockdown and all we want to do is get out and travel the world we’ve taken for granted for so long. Well, we can’t do that but, like Hamlet, we can count ourselves the kings of infinite space if we can only get past the bad dreams. Here are 4 ways to indulge your wanderlust and stay sane without travel during Covid-19.
Thousands of the places you’ve always wanted to visit are available in the virtual world. Museums have online tours, aquariums and zoos are live-streaming their animals, and musicians are streaming concerts. Here are some of my favourites!
Machu Picchu, the Tower of London, the Vatican Museums and Archaeology, and Stonehenge are among the other offerings to help you stay sane during lockdown. Get searching, and forget about Covid-19 for a few hours.
Who wants to stay home for a trip to the zoo? The animals are on lockdown too, but live-cams let us peep into zoos and aquariums around the world. Edinburgh Zoo and Zoos Victoria are streaming their animals. Don’t miss the snow leopard cubs – they’re insanely cute!
If you’ve got a Google Cardboard, VR videos and apps get you out and about from wherever you’re staying – just don’t trip over the coffee table!
Back in the good old days, when staying sane was easy during the pre-internet era, the only place you’d even think about something like Covid-19 was in a sci-fi story. Even though you’re stuck at home, your mind is free to roam. Here’s where you can find things to read and listen to.
Your local library is closed, but if you’ve got a card you can borrow ebooks and audio books online. Head to your library’s website to find out how.
If you prefer up-and-coming authors, head to Wattpad. You’re sure to find something you like.
Podcasts are a free way to stay sane and expand your horizons. If you’re new to podcasts, the BBC and The Motley Fool podcasts are great places to find out how the rest of the world handles life during Covid-19. Don’t worry, there are plenty of other topics as well. You might even learn something!
From the Metropolitan Opera to the Sydney Opera House, hundreds of concert halls have moved their concerts online, often for free. If you’ve always wondered what all the fuss is about, now’s your chance to find out.
Travel broadens the mind, but there are plenty of other ways to do that.
Okay, okay, I know the whole point of this is to stay inside, but you’re allowed out for a short walk in the local area. Stay away from other people and make the most of it.
Go on a bear hunt or explore your garden. Do you know the names of all of the plants and animals in your garden? This is your chance to find out!
One of the joys of travel is meeting people and exchanging ideas. Good news: there are thousands of places on the internet to meet new folk for a chat.
So, stay sane, have fun, and explore the world during Covid-19!
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