It was announced on Monday that us Brits should be avoiding social contact as much as possible, which includes boycotting the office. With more of us working from home and practising social distancing - going on holiday can seem like a faraway fantasy.
But, we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be the case! Here’s how to quench your thirst for travel, despite being stuck on your sofa:
Virtual Reality travel tours
One of the major perks of living in the 21st century is having technology at our beck and call. Virtual Reality can allow you to do anything, from exploring the Caves of Lascaux to ambling along the Great Wall of China, without even lifting a foot!
Here’s some of the best VR travel tours:
Regardless of whether we’re stuck at home or not, it’s safe to say that most of us wouldn’t be climbing Mount Everest any time soon. This thrill-seeking virtual reality experience will allow you to experience what it feels like to climb the world’s tallest mountain, without even leaving your sofa.
This tour ticks a lot of boxes as it’s both a game and VR experience. If you’re wanting to immerse yourself in the natural world without the foreign travel, stick it on a big screen and grab a bowl of popcorn.
This VR experience allows you to sit in a virtual motorized kayak through the grand canyon. You can stop at certain points and take in all of the surroundings.
I guess that travelling throughout space is slightly more left field - but with VR, the sky is genuinely the limit.
If you’re someone that loves learning about the place you’re visiting, this one's for you as it provides informative Q&A sessions whilst you travel the solar system.
The best travel-related films and books
Another way to satiate your travel hunger is by propelling yourself into another world via the medium of film or literature.
Fortunately for us, there are endless possibilities when it comes to finding great films about travel, from Danny Boyle’s The Beach, to Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise. With Netflix recently announcing their new Netflix Party Chrome Extension, you can even watch films with pals that are in completely separate buildings, or even counties. Technology-based travel companions are better than no travel companions!
If you’re more of a book-lover, get some inspiration from our favourite 8 literary icons and their love for travel.
How to plan your next holiday
Unfortunately, any immediate holidays are looking like they could be off the cards. However, it would be a shame to let all of this spare time go to waste. It may feel like there’s no light at the end of this Coronavirus shaped tunnel - but foreign travel will become available again in the near future.
That’s why you should use this time at home as a means of meticulously planning a bucket-list trip for when it’s all over.
First things first, maybe it’s time to start thinking about how to implement a good saving strategy. Break down each part of your current spending habits and shake it up a little; could you be more productive with your spending? Are there any unnecessary outgoings that could go towards a trip of a lifetime at the end of the year?
Next, you should put some time aside to really do your homework on the sort of trip that could tickle your fancy. After all of this is over, most of us will be wanting to book a whopping holiday, so let’s start thinking outside the box.
If you’re usually an avid sun worshipper, could it be time to maybe plan a ski trip? Or, if you’ve never stepped foot outside of Europe before, conduct some research on a trip to another continent.
Audley Travel have dedicated pages per destination or holiday types, so spend this time having a browse at all of the different kinds of travels that you could be enjoying at the end of this year.
Follow travel vloggers / bloggers
Social media has its pros and cons. In situations like this, it definitely seems to have more positive aspects, as it can work to keep us all connected in this period of isolation.
If you are looking for your travel fix - Instagram would be a great place to start. There are endless travel-related accounts that would provide hours of scrolling entertainment.
Or, if you prefer watching video content, there is a never-ending list of travel vloggers on Youtube. Here’s some examples to get your teeth into:
Watching any David Attenborough, literally
My final tip would be: If in doubt, stick on Blue Planet and enjoy this time with David.
We know that everything can seem quite uncertain and scary at the moment - but remember that this is only a temporary state.
You’ll be on the move again in no time, and to keep you occupied for the moment, spend your time enjoying all of these great travel inspiration outlets!