see the world without leaving your house

It’s hard to think about traveling to Europe when you can barely travel to the grocery store. COVID-19 has affected all industries, people, and places, but it’s impact on the travel industry in particular is hard to understate. That being said, you don’t necessarily need to catch a plane in order to see faraway places. Here are 8 ways to see the world while you’re stuck inside. Stay safe, friends.

1. Follow these Instagram accounts

Instagram is where the travel influencers flock, and while some of them are cheesy, there are a few accounts that are sure to inspire your wanderlust. Check out these 10 Instagram accounts to follow for travel inspiration.

  1. RK
  2. Mitchell Kerby
  3. Daniel Kordan
  4. Jason Charles Hill
  5. Serge Ramelli
  6. Andy Mann
  7. Nat Geo Cappadocia
  8. National Park Service
  9. Quin Schrock
  10. Catarina Mello

Here’s a sample of RK’s work:

2. Watch these Netflix series

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Who else is getting excited for a full table this week?

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We made a list of our 10 favorite travel shows, and it just so happened that most of them were Netflix series. If you’ve got an account, you’ll have great travel shows to watch for months. These were our 10 favorite travel shows, and below are our favorite of the 10 that were on Netflix:

-Chef’s Table

-Conan Without Boarders

-Salt Fat Acid Heat

-Restaurants On The Edge

-Ugly/Delicious

3. Cook these world famous comfort foods

Oh, we’re way ahead of you. Here are our favorite comfort foods from around the world, make them at home and pretend you’re abroad.

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Jakie plany na ten weekend? Wycieczka do Fotelandu, Sofa del Mar czy Santa Sypialnia? Te memy obiegły wczoraj chyba cały internet. Aby miło spędzić weekend i przy okazji narobić sobie obiadów na zapas zapraszam was na wycieczkę do Rio de Pierogeiro – do apetycznej dzielnicy Ruskiej. Przepis na ok. 90 sztuk: Składniki: -600g mąki pszennej -3 łyżki masła -2 jajka -250ml gorącej wody -szczypta soli Masło rozpuścić w gorącej wodzie. Wymieszać z mąką i solą. Dodać roztrzepane jajka, ugniatać przez kilka minut aż powstanie jednolita masa. Odłożyć na 30 min pod bawełnianą ściereczkę, żeby nie wyschło. Farsz: -750g ziemniaków -750g chudego twarogu -cebula -sól i duuużo pieprzu Ziemniaki obrać, pokroić i ugotować w osolonej wodzie (najlepiej dzień wcześniej!). Cebulkę drobno pokroić i podsmażyć na oleju. Ostudzone ziemniaki utłuc lub przecisnąć przez praskę razem z twarogiem, wymieszać z cebulą, solą i świeżo zmielonym pieprzem. Oderwać kawałek ciasta, rozwałkować na cieńko, okrągłą foremką lub szklanką wykrawać kółka, na środek kółka wyłożyć łyżkę nadzienia, dokładnie zlepić brzegi. Gotowe pierogi trzymać pod ściereczką. Gotować partiami w osolonej wodzie z łyżką oleju aż będą miękkie, ok. 4 min na partię. Moja ulubiona forma podania – z jogurtem greckim, cebulką i podsmażonym boczkiem ❤️ Pozostałe sztuki można ostudzić, dać do foreczków do mrożenia i zamrozić – będzie obiad na czarną godzinę 😀 _____ #pierogi #pierogiruskie #wiosna #piątek #zostanwdomu #przepis #smacznego #gliwice #obiad #kolacja #zostańwdomu #siedzewdomu #piąteczek #kochampierogi #kochamgotowac #domowejedzenie #domowyobiad #gotowanie #polskakuchnia #dobrebopolskie #teamruskie #pomyslnaobiad #pomyslnaweekend #slask #slaskakuchnia #pychota #mniam #kochamjedzenie

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4. Take in a virtual experience

There are some amazing virtual experiences you can take from your couch, including this epic viewing of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” from the New York Times. Or you could check out:

The Great Wall of China

The Sistine Chapel

Jerusalem

The CN Tower

Buckingham Palace

5. Read one of these inspiring books

These are just a few of our favorite reads about traveling:

-Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

-Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

-On the Road by Jack Kerouac

-Wild by Cheryl Strayed

-Anything and Everything by Bill Bryson

6. Listen to a travel podcast

We’re big fans of the Zero to Travel podcast, hosted by Jason Moore. Here’s what the show’s about:

“Listen to conversations with adventurous people living life on the road so you can discover new ways to travel endlessly. Jason and his guests share insanely actionable advice and key resources, getting down and dirty on topics like; starting and running an online business from anywhere, travel and work opportunities, gutsy budget travel strategies, surprising ways to earn free travel, the digital nomad life, unconventional travel based lifestyles, fun travel jobs, how to plan epic adventures, backpacking, 4 hour work week inspired topics, and everything in between.

7. Get inspired by one of these quotes

If you’re in the mood to start a Pinterest board take a look at our 10 favorite travel quotes. They’re tattoo ready! Alternatively, you could also read through our 24 rules for travelers. We think it will ring true for you.

8. Watch one of these YouTube channels

YouTube is a great place to see the world. Check out these channels if you’re just getting started.

Rick Steeve’s channel for traveling Europe.

Africa Travel Channel for traveling Africa.

High On Life for extreme wanderlust.

Lost LeBlanc for traveling Asia.

Vaga Brothers for going pretty much anywhere else.