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Feed Your Wanderlust While Sitting at Home

Like many families, I’m faced with weeks of sitting at home with no travel or even local plans in the near future. My kids are currently home for at least one week, but I expect that to be extended at some point (edit: now extended to at least three).

I absolutely think this is the right thing to do right now, but I of course still have wanderlust. It’s very unusual for me to have no travel plans at all, and being stuck in the house is especially challenging for me.

I’ve been brainstorming ways to feed my wanderlust while sitting at home, and have come up with some suggestions. If you have any other ideas, please leave me a comment. I think we all will need to share ideas in order to pass the time and get our minds off current events.

Ideas For Feeding Your Wanderlust While Sitting at Home

Virtual Tours of Attractions

In a time when many of the most popular tourist attractions around the country are closed or inaccessible, there are still options for virtual visits. Travel and Leisure has this great listing of virtual tours of popular museums around the world. There are also virtual tours of Massachusetts museums here.

If you are looking for some ideas beyond these museums, here are some additional options for virtual tours you can take from home:

Of course, these virtual tours don’t replace being there in person, but they are definitely something that will keep you entertained in the short term.

Make a Scrapbook of Past Travels

Many of us have great ambitions of what to do with our travel photos. Yet, often life gets in the way and makes it difficult to focus on spending time building scrapbooks. Now is the perfect time to organize photos and make physical reminders of your past travels.

If you aren’t especially crafty, there are lots of options for making scrapbooks online. Our favorite is Shutterfly which is reasonably priced and easy to use. Take your time and create scrapbooks for each of your previous trips.

Pixar Pier at Sunset
My last trip to Disneyland, where I hope to return soon.

Vision Board Future Bucketlist Travel

The near future may be a bit uncertain when it comes to travel, but there will be a time when we can travel domestically and internationally again. In the meantime, feed your wanderlust by creating a vision board of future travel.

If possible, I’d also recommend including your kids in this discussion. Talk about where you want to go in the future, and research ideas.

Learn a New Language

I love using the Duolingo app to learn foreign languages. I’ve been using Duolingo for almost a year, and have found it to be really useful for learning a language. The app lets you learn by doing, and you’ll be quizzed on the language right from the start.

Duolingo also has foreign language podcasts that can help you learn the language even faster. Listening to the podcast in tandem with the lessons can speed things up.

View of Santorini and the ocean
Santorini Greece

Watch a Movie Filmed in a Foreign Location

When I can’t travel, I love to watch movies set in a beautiful, foreign location. One of our favorite family-friendly movies is the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Both the first one and the sequel have scenes filmed in Santorini, Greece.

I’ve love to hear about your favorite movies filmed abroad, so please leave us a comment below.

Suggestions to feed your wanderlust while sitting at home, including virtual tours, making scrapbooks, and other ideas where you won't have to leave your house.

Looking for other ideas of things to do while you are at home? Our friend Kim at Stuffed Suitcase has a BINGO template that is a great way to avoid being bored at home.

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Catherine Starland

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Hey guys, love your blog. We are super Disney fans, and thought we might share our home video (Armchair Soarin' Around the World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vcb667gJG20&t=6s) to help you get through this Disney dry spell. Thanks for keeping us posted on the Disney World closure!

Donna

Monday 16th of March 2020

We just finished watching Narcos Mexico, season 2. Granted, not the most uplifitng story (LOL) but the information is really interesting, bringing things up to almost present day. The first series, Narcos (3 seasons) was great. All about Pablo Escobar and the rise of him and cocaine in Colombia. The last season introduces characters from Mexico allowing for the segue to the new show, Narcos Mexico. As we are based in Mexico it was a great history lesson as well.

If that is not your cup of tea, I just plowed through 6 seasons of Vikings. Filmed mostly in Ireland with some in Scandanavia.

Jodi Grundig

Monday 16th of March 2020

I've heard great things about Narcos! Probably not with the kids though, but maybe I'll watch it when they are busy :)