The summer is filled with the desire to explore new landscapes, savor exotic cuisines, and immerse us in diverse cultures. A study by the Association for Psychological Science indicates, learning a new skill and trying new activities improves cognitive function for older adults. Traveling is a great way to learn something new. And if you are unable to physically travel, there are innovative ways to explore the world from the comfort of your own home. So, fasten your virtual seatbelts and learn how to create a unique expedition.
Take Virtual Tours
There are numerous museums across the world that offer virtual tours. You can go on your favorite museum’s website to check out tours they offer. From New York City to London, you can look at different art, sculptures, and even castles. For examples of museums offering tours click here.
Start Studying a New Language
According to the travel site “There She Goes Again,” learning a new language can be a great way to get to know a culture better.
To boost your knowledge in the language you could listen to podcasts, watch movies in that specific language, or use different apps. Click here for more information.
Try New Food
Trying food is an essential part of travel and can open your tastebuds to a new culture. For your at-home travel experience you can try having a themed dinner inspired by your favorite destination. For those who love to cook, there are online classes you can take. If you aren’t a fan of cooking, look up restaurants or cafes near you. For example, one weekend you can go to a French cafe, and the next either a Thai or Ethiopian restaurant. This way you are still being immersed in a new culture without traveling too far.
Read Books Set in Another City or Country
As quoted by writer Jennifer L Betts, “Adventures around the world can be found by reading.”
Reading can often take you to another place, and expose you to new ways of life. Try researching authors of different backgrounds. This will provide a diverse setting for books. Oftentimes local libraries also have book sections specific to different cultures. Scour through the different sections and you may even find a book that will help you explore the beaches of Mykonos, or grace the streets of Japan. For travel book suggestions click here.
Create a Travel Scrapbook
Use photos from travel magazines, or pictures from past trips to create a scrapbook. Scrapbooking can help collect ideas for future trips, and is also a great way to reminisce about old trips.