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April 19, 2020 4 min read

How to "Travel" During Quarantine

This is definitely a time like no other.  Most of us understand the severity of the current situation, so we get that staying home is vital in order to minimize the impact of this pandemic. Personally, I am naturally a homebody but also someone who appreciates the ability to leave and go run errands, travel and meet up with friends and family.  So figuring out activities and tasks to keep busy and not focus so much on the negative but rather be creative in the ways of enjoying those things we love to do.

As a travel agent and someone who enjoys traveling, I understand how anyone who is an advent traveler is having major withdrawals and wishing that they could take that cancelled trip and/or visit their favorite destination right about now.  So my fellow travelers, don't worry I have some tips and resources to help get you through these quarantine days. 

1. Update and Research Your Travel Bucket List

Traveling is one of the top activities that has been impacted due to COVID19, domestic and international.  As someone who enjoys traveling and also helping others travel, I definitely never imagined a time where I wouldn't be able to travel outside of my own personal constraints. If you are like me and love to travel, you are probably yearning for your next vacation.  There will come a time again where leisure travelling will be permissible.  Planning your first vacation post pandemic will probably be top on your to do list.  So why wait until then to choose your next destination(s).  If you didn't have plans that were cancelled due to the current situation, this is the perfect time to decide on which will be your next destination to visit and explore.   

Here are 4 Easy Steps in Picking Your Next Destination:

  • Pick 3-5 Destinations Based on Your Vacation Style Preference (Personal Interest)
  • Compare the Best Times of the Year to Visit
  • Research the Top Attractions and Activities In Each
  • Ask Your Well-Traveled Friends/Family For Their Insight  

2. Engage in Virtual Travel

So now that you have your list of destinations, here is the fun part, VIRTUAL traveling.  Yes, leisure travel is currently not possible, virtual traveling is a great temporary option.  If you have WIFI, the possibilities are limitless.  So whether you are dreaming of basking in the sun on a beautiful beach, taking your little ones through some of the world's best zoos, or admiring art and history through museums, there are ways of creating that experience at home.  

Here are some virtual travel resources to get you started.

Earth Cam! It is the global network of owned and operated live streaming webcams, that was built as a way to virtually carry people to fascinating and captivating places around the world that may be difficult or impossible to experience in person, i.e like the current pandemic. This massive livestream provides a virtual window to the world, allowing its viewers to freely explore the globe. 

By now, we all know that the Olympics are now on hold, so check out from the Japan National Tourism, which takes you on a tour of the country that features everything from bamboo forests to sushi making.

You can take kids on a virtual field trip to the Woodland Park Zoo, where in addition to watching the animals on their live stream you’ll find a hub of educational activities that’s being updated weekly. 

The Aquarium of Pacificis providing online programming, including livestreams of exhibits where you can spot penguins, sharks, and jellyfish. 

You could explore the infamous CN Tower that stands 1815 feet tall in Downtown Toronto 

Do you have any of the 7 Wonders of the Worldon your bucket list?  

  • the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt.
  • the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
  • the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece.
  • the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.
  • the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
  • the Colossus of Rhodes.
  • the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt

Are your kids dreaming for the first visit or return to Disney ?  It may not be the exact same but you can get a glimpse into the thrills and excitement by visiting Youtube and get a review of the rides through others' experiences.

Explore some of the most popular hotels and resorts around the world. 

Waldorf Astoria, New York City, USA 

art’otel Amsterdam, Netherlands

Swissôtel Berlin, Germany

Sheraton Wetland Resort, Hangzhou, China

Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser, Egypt

Westin Los Cabos, Mexico

Oberoi Resort, Mauritius

So after researching new destinations and doing some virtual traveling, you should be able to get creative with your staycation.   Social distancing orders are extremely crucial and vital during this pandemic. Stay safe and healthy while utilizing the internet to explore the many facets of the world.   


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