Having to cancel travel plans for spring break or Summer 2020 due to COVID-19 related concerns can really take a toll on your happiness–especially when you’ve been looking forward to a trip for months. I personally had to cancel a trip to Ottawa where I was going to reunite with an old friend, and although it broke my heart, safety always comes first.
It can be tough to stay motivated when it comes to social distancing measures as canceled plans may get you down. So here are some home-based alternatives to traveling so you don’t have to kiss your amazing plans goodbye or at least not completely.
Google launched the “Google Arts & Culture” platform allowing people to experience arts and culture virtually. They feature tours of museums, historic sites, nature reserves, insight to famous artworks, photography, fashion, music… you name it. They even have some interactive activities such as turning your selfies into paintings, art tutorials, discovering artworks just by choosing a color and quizzes to keep you sharp. It’s a great way to expand your mind when you get tired of watching TV, you can access the site here.
TripAdvisor has released a similar platform offering virtual experiences abroad such as city tours around Florence, a coffee tour from the Canary Islands, yoga lessons from Brussels, Curry Cooking Class from Colombo, and many other “excursions”. The prices range between 20 and 40 dollars per experience, you can find more information on their website.
If there’s something specific you were interested in discovering, I suggest researching it online. Attractions, such as the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the Amsterdam Museum and Athens Arquellogy Museum, have started virtual displays through their websites. Even The Great Wall of China, Yosemite National Park, and African safaris have created their own kind of virtually-accessible broadcast. My personal favorites so far are the concerts, plays, operas, and music festivals streaming live on Youtube and Instagram lives.
There’s so much to explore, so don’t let the confinement of your home discourage you from learning new skills and exploring new places. As the saying goes, “the show must go on!”
Second-year Professional Communication undergraduate student at Ryerson University. I am a Mexican born in Chile with Peruvian influences recently living in Canada. Big bookworm with a humongous love towards nature, I'm passionate about creating written, oral, visual, or media content with an impact. I believe in the power of representation, authenticity, and transparency, being part of something bigger than myself keeps me going.