• Michelle Cedarblade

Travel! But don't leave your couch...

Alright, I have a confession. It's been much too long since my last post and it's because I've been avoiding it. In my last post, I ended with a sneak peek of where to travel based on your astrological sign. Now, I promise that post is still a draft waiting to be published but now is not the time.

With everything going on in the world, I don't want to encourage travel (trust me, that pains me to say), so I struggled to write about "best summer deals" or "where to travel for spring break" because the only place I want you to travel is to your fridge to get your next snack.

Even though we're social distancing and quarantining, doesn't mean we can't experience the beautiful world around us...from the safety of our homes. So I bring to you, how to travel without leaving your couch. The cheapest travel you'll ever find!

1 | Explore U.S. National Parks

Shout-out to the Google Arts & Culture exhibit for posting virtual tours of some of the most stunning and remote parks! Check it out here. The National Park Service also has posted several virtual tours of other parks in the United States. A great way to virtually hike...if only you could burn virtual calories.

2 | Visit the Seven Wonders of the World

After I get back from a trip, I always have the "travel bug" and want to head to another destination. During those times, I always check out Airpano, a website to read stories, history, and of course, see stunning views of hundreds of cities. My personal favorite section is the Seven Wonders of the World.

3 | Love Museums?

Google Arts and Culture has our back again! With many tourist attractions having to close their doors to the public, museums are thinking outside of the box and allowing people to take virtual tours. From the Louvre to the Olympic Museum, this is guaranteed hours of learning and fun. Check out the list of museums here! Also, love zoos? Many zoos across the U.S. are offering live videos! Check out the San Diego Zoo and Cincinnati Zoo to start.

4 | Experience Through Lived Experience

Call your parents, your 2nd cousin, or your best friend. We need people now more than ever. Ask them about their favorite vacation. Ask them what they did, what they felt, what they ate and about their favorite memories. Just because we are social distancing, doesn't mean we can't vicariously travel through another person's adventure.

5 | Travel By Eating

Okay...so I lied, this one actually requires you to get off the couch. Trying new foods is one of my favorite parts of traveling. Head on over to the dangerous world of Pinterest to find a new dish or dessert from a place you've never been to that you want to try. Now, remember, when you go to the grocery store to get your ingredients, you don't need four additional packs of toilet paper. Just a little PSA.

So grab that snack and start exploring. The world is still at your fingertips. Just be sure you wash your hands.

Until next time!