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Armchair travel inspiration: Fun ideas when stuck at home

Love to travel? But can’t?

We all have times when illness, finances or other reasons mean we have to stay at home when we don’t want to.

How to cope?

Armchair Travel

Normally, we write about cultural explorations (like our luxury Sri Lanka trip). And adventure trips around the world (like snorkeling in Koh Tao, Thailand). And cruises and cruise travel.

At home, we have fun finding inspiration in armchair travel. Like watching travel movies, reading travel books and virtually exploring museums.

Armchair travel guide

Taste the world

We eat and drink a lot when we can’t travel and are stuck at home. Do you do the same?

Ideas for tasting the world

Why not try different Indian food for take-out or delivery?

Have fun searching for easy recipes to make German schnitzel, Italian lasagne and Middle Eastern hummus at home.

See if your grocery store stocks some of the delicious and unique fruits of Mexico – chances are it does.

And check out the great international wines offered through wine clubs.

Don’t miss! Our guide on international food and wine around the world

Go on virtual tours

NYC’s Met Museum:

Take a virtual tour of the Met Museum. Check out six award-winning videos showing the Met Museum in a fresh new way.

Short on time? Take a peek at what you must see at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reflect on travel quotes

Difficult Roads Lead to Beautiful Destinations

Some of our favorite inspiring travel quotes include the following:

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ~ Gustave Flaubert

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” ~ Ernest Hemmingway

Watch travel shows

Marvel at what animals do around the world when it gets dark. Laugh over a raucous cooking show. Learn about dark tourism.”

These 15 top travel shows on Netflix are streaming right now.

Get lost in beautiful photos

Canadian Rockies:

Rocky mountain high! See these 25 epic photos of the Canadian Rockies


Check out these photos of the people of Myanmar – warmth, smiles and adorable boy monks

Trogir, Croatia:

The fairy tale medieval town of Trogir is nicknamed “Little Venice” (even though it has no canals)

Read travel books and novels

The best travel books are ones you simply can’t put down, right?

Here are some of the most compelling books about travel that we’ve read:

On the Road (Jack Kerouac) | A 1957 novel about two friends traveling across the United States, set against a backdrop of jazz music and drugs.

The Sea Wife  (Amity Gaige)| A poignant story of love and survival at sea, set in the Caribbean and Panama’s San Blas Islands.

The Elephant Whisperer (Lawrence Anthony) | A heartwarming memoir about a conservationist who accepts a herd of “rogue” wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand.

Burmese Days: A Novel (George Orwell)| A story about an Englishman living in Myanmar under British colonial rule.

Seven Years in Tibet (Heinrich Harrer)| An autobiography by an Austrian mountaineer who, in 1943, escapes from a British internment camp in India and lives several years in Lhasa, where he becomes friends with the Dalai Lama.

Boost your brain power

Did you know it’s illegal to wear high heels on the Acropolis in Athens? No? Learn more with these 100+ fun facts about Greece.

Explore the most amazing temples in Bagan, Myanmar. (One copies the famous Mahabodhi Temple in India.)

They say an elephant never forgets. But you never forget an elephant.

Enjoy free world-class opera


Phulay Bay, Thailand

Oooh! Check out these seriously swank villas with private pool suites around the world!

What’s a chartered yacht holiday like? They’re not just for the rich and famous.

Think what it would be like to visit the 21 most gorgeous gardens around the globe.

More armchair travel inspiration

See: All our travel inspiration posts

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