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Like many others in the United States and throughout the world, we are quarantining ourselves to stop the spread of Coronavirus. While being home is nice because we can get a lot of things done that we’ve been meaning to, we are also looking to scratch that travel itch. Unfortunately, we have already had to cancel trips because of the outbreak, so we’ve been doing some researching on ways you can travel while quarantined due to the Coronavirus. If you are having that same itch to get out and explore, we have compiled this list of 10 Ways You Can Travel While Quarantined.
1. Visit Museums
When visiting cities throughout the world, museums are often included in travel itineraries. Luckily for you, Travel+Leisure has put together a list of 12 Museums From Around the World That You Can Visit Virtually. Some of the museums virtual tours they link are the British Museum in London, the Guggenheim in New York, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Visiting a museum virtually might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it might be able to help with not being able to travel outside of your home. Plus, it’s educational, so it might help if you’ve suddenly found yourself homeschooling.
2. Attend Live Concerts
SXSW was one fo the first major music festivals cancelled due to Coronavirus. It was a shock to everyone, but was later followed by Coachella and countless other festivals and concerts. If you had a concert or trip to a music festival cancelled or postponed, many musicians are putting on live concerts from their own quarantines and you can attend! For free!
Check out your favorite musician’s social media to see if they are planning on doing a small set or all out concert. If they aren’t, ask them! You never know if they might say yes. They are probably bored at home too!
3. Watch Travel-Related Netflix Shows
Spending a weekend day at home might usually mean binge watching a show on Netflix. However, being quarantined at home of at least a month, if not longer, means that we are trying to limit the amount of TV we watch and the amount of overall screen time we have. If you do want to travel the world through Netflix a little bit, check out some of the travel-related shows on Netflix. We put together a post on Travel Shows on Netflix that has some of the best travel shows they have.
If you have another streaming service, like Hulu, Prime, or HBO, check out their travel shows and get some inspiration for your next trip!
4. Visit Zoos
Much like museums, zoos are often a place people visit when they are traveling, especially if they are traveling with kids. Some zoos are doing virtual tours, which offer another way you can travel while quarantined. Again, if you are teaching your kids at home now, a virtual zoo tour could offer them a chance to learn something new and maybe do a report or presentation on what they learned while visiting the zoo!
Some of the zoos with virtual tours or web cams are the San Diego Zoo, Houston Zoo, Atlanta Zoo, Georgia Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Milwaukee County Zoo.
5. Go “Out” Dancing
After Day 5, 6, 7, . . .whatever day we’re on now…you might really want to escape and just go out with your friends. You know, just go back to your “normal” life. Well, if you are wanting to go out dancing during the quarantine, there are plenty of online dance parties you can check-in to and dance away your self-isolation with others. Some are a one time deal, and others are reoccurring. If this sounds like something you’d like, do a quick search to find the next upcoming one and join in!
6. Explore National Parks
Looking for some sunshine, fresh air, and maybe the occasional animal sighting while quarantined in the confines of your home? These National Parks are offering virtual tours! For all the nature lovers and adventure junkies, these virtual tours of National Parks are ways you can travel while quarantined, and they might even inspire you to plan your next trip once this is over… Check out Yosemite and Yellowstone’s virtual tours.
7. Go See a Broadway Musical
If you had to cancel a trip to New York City, or maybe your local theater’s show got canceled, you can go see a Broadway Musical from the comforts of your own quarantine. Playbill has put together a list of 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can watch on Stage From Home. Check out everything from Cats to Sweeney Todd!
8. Tour the Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a top travel destination and a bucket list place for many travelers. While quarantined, you can tour it, virtually. The Great Wall stretches over 3,000 miles across northern China and has a history of 2,000 years. If you really want to escape, this is definitely a way you can travel while quarantined.
9. Take a Trip to Hawaii
Google Earth can take you to so many wonderful places on our planet, and one of those is Hawaii. If you are like us and craving some sunlight because we are stuck inside quarantined, taking a virtual trip to Hawaii might help you escape your own home for a little and get some traveling in. And who knows, maybe some virtual vitamin D will help too!
10. Travel to Mars
Last, but not least, on our list of 10 Ways You Can Travel While Quarantined is a place that you can’t actually travel to yet: Mars. You can do a virtual tour of Mars’ surface as captured by NASA’s Curiosity Rover. It might not be a place any of us will ever be able to visit in our lifetimes, but it’s still a little escape from our current quarantine reality.
Hopefully, these ways you can travel while quarantined will help you survive the next few weeks, or months, and leave the confines of your home and explore the world, even if just for a little bit. It is an incredibly stressful time in the world right now, and we hope this will help you all get through it a little easier.