‘Couch-surf’ and travel the world without leaving your home

The next few weeks provide us all with ample time to get re-energized after some enforced downtime. It also allows us opportunities to tick off the mile-long to-do list and dream up whatever comes next for us.

If you’re already fearing long days indoors, here are a few of our top ideas for how you can travel from your armchair, stay inspired and get organised.

Make a travel board to fuel inspiration

We’re sure we won’t be the first people to suggest a vision board of some sort. A great way to coordinate that ever-stretching bucket list. Why not kick it up a gear by theming it with all your future travel dreams?

If you can see it, you’re likely to find it easier to work towards your next holiday goals and stay inspired when daydreaming hits home.

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Pick up a book that will transport you

Travel (virtually) and to faraway lands with the help of a great read. Nothing works for escapism quite like the power of a film or book that can transport us to another world.

Perhaps the next few days make for a great escape to tick off that must-read list lying next to your bed or to download a few e-books of choice.

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Turn your holiday snaps into a coffee table book 

Enjoying your downtime but feeling the need to keep busy?

How about taking some time off to sift through your past travel memories and use online services to edit away and create albums or coffee table books that will better serve to present your favourite family memories?

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Watch all the ‘BBC Planet Earth’ documentaries 

We’re sure you’ve seen it before but this is no mindless TV binge to help the days pass faster. Journey across countries, continents and different landscapes to enjoy heart-stopping action with David Attenborough, as we celebrate the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series.

Guaranteed to inspire some serious wanderlust along the way!

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Bookmark beautiful Airbnbs for the future

It may not be the ideal time to travel, but how about using this time to get organised in advance for some future travel plans?

We all know the panic of last-minute bookings, nab the best finds by bookmarking some of your favourite Airbnbs in places you hope to explore. A real time-saver for down the line.

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Try some new international recipes and cook the world

Feeling over the weekly dinner staples? Pull out a recipe book spanning some international cuisine and attempt a dish that can instantly transport you somewhere new entirely.

New flavours and tastes await those who are happy to let a little added flair into their kitchen.

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Pin away at all the bucket list-worthy destinations

Lockdown and some decent WiFi coverage offer you the chance to get pinning away at some of your most desired locations on Pinterest. Stay abreast of the latest ideas in travel and let the adventure-dreaming commence, all visual and saved online. Easy peasy.

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Search a country’s top 50 hits on Spotify

Needing to spice things up a bit? Why not travel through your love of music with Spotify?

Try searching the top 50 songs from a country and be instantly transported to sun-drenched island vibes or sultry Havana nights as you let the music of the world speak to your soul.

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Spin around Google Earth with the ‘I’m feeling lucky’ button

Why not rope the whole family into a daily spin around Google Earth? The “I’m feeling lucky” button from its search engine offers a great distraction and is sure to fuel some serious travel inspo for your next trip.

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Stock up on wine from around the world

Pre-lockdown there’s no better time to prioritise those wine stocks to last for the next few days at home. Try sampling some new varietals from other countries to ensure your tastebuds are taking a trip, even when we can’t.

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Plan an epic trip for a year down the line

When your next travels feel like a distant dream, why not get stuck into some serious travel planning for one of those EPIC trips a year down the line?

The kind that need piles of research and pre-planning. From budgets to route mapping, get all the hard yards ticked off now, so that when we’re in the all-clear to travel again, you’ve only got the fun stuff on your agenda.

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