Saturday 11 April 2020

5 ways you can virtually travel right now

I absolutely love to travel. It is my number one passion and hobby in life, and sharing my travels on this blog means I've got so many memories written down and photos to look at. The best part about travelling virtually is that you don't have to worry about Manchester Airport fast track security. You can literally just travel from where you are sitting. Being able to go wherever you want to go from the comfort of your own home is one of the best reasons for virtual travel. Taking the time to see the sights you want to see is half the fun. While we will all travel again someday, right now many of us have cabin fever and are really feeling the burn of not being able to jet off and explore a new city. Here are a few ideas as to how you can travel virtually, from the comfort of your living room...

Read travel blogs

Always wanted to go to Prague? Read a blog post about the best museums in the Czech capital! Desperate to explore Egypt? Read all about the Aswan Dam and how to visit it. Interested in the best way to explore Bali on a budget? Find a blog post about it!

I'm biased but I think travel blogs are a great way to travel virtually, learn more about a particular city or country and find out the best way to visit. What are you waiting for?

Watch travel vlogs

In a similar way, watching travel vlogs on YouTube is a great way to virtually travel. Watch as people have fun in Disneyland, go backpacking in Australia, or drive around Iceland. It's a great way to immerse yourself in a new place, and get some tips for when we can eventually travel again!

I watch loads of travel vloggers and it's always so fun to see how people spend their time while travelling - escapism is definitely what we all need right now...

Document your own travels

Obviously, I do this already on my blog. I've got travel diary posts all about my various trips to Poland, and posts about where I ate in different cities, what I've packed for a particular trip or what I wore on a certain holiday. You could start your own blog and write about your past travels, or finally make that scrapbook with all the tickets and polaroid photos you've got stashed in your bedroom.

Looking back at past trips will make you feel grateful for the travelling you've done, and help fuel excitement for any future trips!

Do some travel related games/tours

There's a brilliant site called GeoGuessr which will drop you somewhere on Google Maps and you have to guess where you are - I'm rubbish at it, but it passes the time and it's loads of fun. Smarty Pins will ask you a question, such as "where is ....." and you have to pinpoint where that place is on a map, so it requires knowledge of things AND maps.

There are loads of games like this which allow you to virtually travel and use your brain. But there are also plenty of virtual tours online, allowing you to see a certain zoo or a particular archaeological site without leaving your sofa. My mate Keeley has a really helpful list of virtual tours over on her blog!

Plan your bucket list trip

I think it's important to remember that we will get to travel again. It might not be soon, but it will happen. That's what I'm holding onto in these trying times, and I've been thinking a lot about bucket list trips. You might know I've booked a cruise for 2021, and fingers crossed I'll be able to go. It'll take me to Russia, among other places, and I'm so excited. I've been looking into the different cities I'll be visiting, and deciding which excursions I might choose, and thinking about different outfits to take with me.

Planning a bucket list trip - whether it's a huge American road trip or a luxury city break - will remind you that one day, we'll all be travelling again.

What are you missing the most during lockdown? Travel is definitely a big one for me - as well as the pub and being able to see my friends! Stay at home, stay safe & fingers crossed we'll all be out and about again soon.


  1. I love watching travel vlogs, it's my ideal piece of escapism xx

  2. This is such a wonderful idea!

  3. Travel vlogs are something that I really enjoy watching. I was meant to be visiting Sicily this month so I have all the fomo haha x

  4. I'm loving looking at all the travel photos right now!

  5. I can't wait to go travelling again, and I've been reading the archives of some of my favourite travel blogs to get ideas. But even just travelling around Scotland again will be a blessing. Thanks for the game tips, though! I love things like that and they'll keep me busy in the meantime, haha.

  6. Nice I spend most of my days on pinterest making a list of destination and planning where can I go

  7. These are all great ideas! You can also do some virtual tours online now as well which are fun.

  8. I hadn't heard of GeoGuessr or Smarty Pins, will have to check them out

  9. What great ideas, especially as the world steers its way into another lockdown. I love the idea of watching travel vlogs on YouTube!