At Skyscanner, we love to travel. But with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), travel just isn’t possible in many regions of the world right now. To satisfy our wanderlust and start dreaming of future trips, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite things to do during quarantine. From armchair travel experiences, virtual tours of some of the most popular tourist destinations and connecting with cultures through food or language, here are the best ways to travel from home.
1. Watch a travel movie
If you’ve run through all the latest Netflix shows and movies during lockdown already and you’re looking for something new to watch, consider any (or all!) of these 10 travel movies to help you pass the time. You can live vicariously through the elite Singaporeans in Crazy Rich Asians, go on an adventure with Walter in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty or travel back in time to Hollywood in the 60s in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. These travel-themed movies will transport you from your sofa to a new destination in no time at all.
Read more: 10 inspiring travel movies
2. Take a virtual museum tour
Museums around the world may be closed right now, but they’re still welcoming virtual visitors to enjoy their collections online. Imagine yourself in New York City, exploring The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or pretend you’re wandering the exhibitions at the British Museum. Wherever you’re dreaming of, you can find a museum to explore online and bring the arts and culture to you.
Read more: Take these virtual museum tours
3. Learn a new language
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a new destination is to learn the local language. Use your time during quarantine to prepare for your bucket list trip to Tokyo by learning popular Japanese phrases, or practise your ‘merci beaucoup’ in anticipation of your future holiday to France. Start your journey to bilingualism with these apps to learn a new language. You’ll be speaking like the locals before you know it.
Read more: Learn a new language with mobile apps
4. Read a travel book
Get lost in a good book all about travel, with this round-up of inspiring stories from all over the world. Hike the Pacific Coast Trail alongside Cheryl Strayed in Wild, cycle the winding Silk Road in Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road or explore the happiest countries on earth in The Geography of Bliss. Being homebound doesn’t mean you can’t travel – a good book can transport you anywhere.
5. Take a virtual trip
Technology allows us to explore a new city without stepping out of our front door. Whether you’ve been before or plan to visit in the future, we’ve put together a series of virtual city tours so you can have a holiday from home during quarantine, all in a single day.
- Spend the perfect day in New York City without leaving home
- Enjoy 24 hours in London from your living room
- Take a virtual tour of Singapore
- Experience the magic of Paris from home
- Explore the beaches of Rio de Janeiro virtually
- Go down under with a virtual tour of Sydney
6. Enjoy a virtual performance
Grab your popcorn and take a comfortable seat. We’ll bring the show to you with this round-up of some of the world’s greatest performances you can experience from home. Whether you’re looking for a night ‘at’ the opera or an evening swaying to the sounds of The Berlin Philharmonic, throw on your ‘nice’ loungewear and treat yourself to a night of extraordinary theatre and performance.
7. Explore the great outdoors from home
If the view from your window is getting old, grant yourself a change of scenery with these nature videos and wildlife camera streams of the great outdoors. Pop one on and find yourself transported to mountain tops and deep blue straits, or observing gorillas, giraffes, hippos and elephants in their natural habitats in Africa. With so many options, you can easily bring the outside, in.
Read more: Discover the great outdoors, indoors
8. Visit famous sites around the world
While many of us are stuck at home, thanks to the internet and some incredible videos and photography, we can still embark on virtual tours of some of the world’s most famous landmarks. Be wowed by the ancient pyramids of Giza (minus the desert heat) or enjoy the views from the top of the Eiffel Tower without the crowds. You can even visit all Seven Wonders of the World virtually in a single day – jet lag need not apply.
- Tour famous landmarks around the world without leaving home
- Visit the Seven Wonders of the World virtually
9. Listen to a travel podcast
These 10 travel podcasts are sure to help you escape the monotony of Coronavirus lockdown. Plug in your headphones and settle in to hear compelling stories about Alaska’s backcountry from the perspective of an Olympic gold medalist in Armchair Explorer, or learn more about the Australian indigenous community in Awaye! Whether you want to be taken on an audible adventure, or want to learn more about destinations that pique your interest, there’s a podcast begging for a listen.
Read more: Tune into these top travel podcasts
10. Play travel games
Put your travel knowledge to the test with fun travel games and quizzes, perfect for lockdown quiz nights with friends or family. Study up on sustainable destinations, amazing architecture around the world and try to tell the difference between lookalike cities – it’s tougher than you’d think!
11. Listen to travel playlists online
You can experience the vibrant scenes of a destination straight through your headphones. These curated Spotify travel playlists will transport you to the winding country roads of Southern America, on a techno journey on a crowded Berlin dance floor, or to the balmy beaches of Rio de Janeiro with Brazilian soul and bossa nova music. Whether you’re dreaming of riding the K-pop wave in Korea or want to mellow out to the sounds of sonic landscapes, there’s a destination playlist to tune into that will inspire your virtual journey – or even a future trip. Choose your playlist to take you away: