For most of us, it’s been over a month being stuck inside as some form of lockdown was introduced. With social distancing and restrictions to travel to continue even after the lockdown is lifted, any holiday plans you’ve made over the next few months are most definately out the window. However, to quench your wanderlust in the meanwhile, we’ve compiled a list of the very best virtual travel experiences and activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Uncover the secrets of one the seven wonders or experience the historical sights and stories of a city. In this section, we’ve compiled a list of options that will help appease your inner explorer and allow you to virtually visit some of the worlds most iconic landmarks from home.
Discover Petra – Marvel at the magical landscapes, incredible rose-coloured rocks and magnificent architecture of this ancient Jordanian city. This online tour also a guided audio tour to help you uncover Petra’s mysteries and rich history.
Experience Iconic Budapest – Stroll through the streets, soak in the amazing atmosphere, see the iconic sights, marvel the architecture and uncover the stories that make Budapest so special with this two-hour video walking tour.
See the Pyramids of Giza – See one of the seven wonders of the world from your sofa. That’s right, with this virtual tour you can experience the mystical unique man-made mountains and get a glimpse of the other iconic landmarks of Ancient Egypt, including the Sphinx.
Pass By the Panathenaic Stadium – With this virtual tour, you can walk through the stunning marble stadium that played host to the first Olympic games in 1896 and has been central to Athletics as far back as the 4th Century.
The Best of Barcelona – Explore the colourful and historical city of Barcelona through immersive 360 videos and visuals that perfectly capture the iconic sights, weather and vibe. Oh, and make sure to open up a bottle of Spanish Merlot for the most authentic experience!
Museums & Galleries
From ancient history, modern art, architecture and much more. Get an immersive experience of the exhibitions and cultural activities hosted by epic museums and galleries from across the globe, from the comfort of your home.
Visit the Roman Galleries – Discovered after the great earthquake in 1755, the galleries are only open to the public twice a year. So you’re in for a treat, with this virtual tour head inside and experience one of the most secretive sights in Lisbon.
See the Magnificent Sistine Chapel – Evoke the art of the past by the 360º view of Michelangelo’s masterpiece at the Sistine Chapel. Zoom in and out and get lost in the brilliant details of the iconic fresco located inside the official residence of the pope.
Explore Art at The Guggenheim – From Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and much more. Discover incredible and eclectic selection of art at the iconic Guggenheim. Oh and you can even virtually walk through the famous spiral staircase this iconic New York institution.
Unearth the Uffizi Gallery – Take a virtual trip to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, on an art-journey and learn about the paintings, sculptures, architecture and books from the centuries gone by.
Discover Iconic Artist’s Studio’s – Peep into the home of Frida Kahlo or enjoy the sunny surrounding of Dalí’s hut. With this virtual tour, you can step inside the studios where some of most revered creative minds crafted their iconic masteprices.
All live performances, events, activities and concerts have been cancelled, and most likely this will continue for a while to come. In light of this, many of this epic experiences have shifted online. So we’ve gathered the some entertaining lock-down programs and activities for you to enjoy whilst sat at home in your pj’s.
The Ultimate Theatre Experience via Broadway HD – Bored of movie nights? Upgrade to the most colourful and awesomew theatre productions. Broadway HD is letting you stream amazing performances for $99, with a free 7 day trial to get a taster.
Pub Quiz at the Pembury Tavern – Join for a virtual pub quiz and win brewery tour vouchers, beer packs, special discount cards and many more. Go to Pembury Tavern’s Instagram profile every Monday at 7pm and have a little fun!
Magical Musicals with Andrew Lloyd Webber – Incredible musicals going from stage to screen to entertain you every Friday evening. The full-length performances are played on Youtube and remain online for 48 hours. Tune in for the ultimate Andrew Lloyd Webber theatre experience!
Experience the Best Live Concerts Online – With social distancing measures set to continue, we can now welcome an era of virtual music festivals. Check out this epic schedule for the best online concerts and get ready to have your favourite artists transform you’re living room into a proper party.
Have a Pint at the Red (On)Lion Pub – If you miss stopping by your favourite watering hole for a pint, then don’t worry. You can go for a sesh at the Red (On)Lion Pub, the ultimate online pub experience. Book a table for a four, take part in pub quizzes and get the public house vibe at home. This virtual pub was created as part of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), SIBA and Crowdfunders #PullingTogether campaign. An initiative to support brewers and the pub industry during this difficult time.
Food & Drink
Eating the cuisine of a country is the ultimate cultural experience. Whilst you’re not able to chow down on some exotic grub at a local eatery, you can transport your taste buds by trying recreate some of the delicious dishes at home, or going on a virtual food tour of distant land. We’ve rounded up some greater options that will satisfy your inner foodie.
Pasta Masterclass with Nonna – Learn to master the art of making the iconic component of Italian cuisine with the help of Nonna. Thats right, this Italian grandma will show to make pasta from scratch so you eat some proper food during lockdown.
Kitchen Quarantine with Massimo Bottura – Fancy picking up some new recipes and cooking techniques from a Michelin-starred chef? If yes, then join the incredibly talented Chef Massimo Bottura on Instagram for his special quarantine kitchen cooking masterclass.
Uncover Authentic Greek Cuisine with Mark Wiens – This epic 30-minutes food tour will give you an insight into the delightful greek cuisine and where in Athens you should go and eat. Obvs you can’t go now, but check out this and his extensive library of videos from all across the globe and start building your foodie bucket list to conquer once this blows over.
Sample Traditional Wine with Taste Hungary – Hungary produces some the very best wine in the world, from one of it’s many famed wine regions. If you’re a wine lover, then tune into Taste Hungary Online tasting room. Streaming live on facebook, this show will showcase the best wines and give you a 101 tour of everything about them.
Learn at the Ghetto Gastro – Join the kitchen collective Ghetto Gastro’s Instagram page for the Gastronomical Cribs series. Where they welcome celebrity friends for some cooking fun on IG Live. Guest have included Kelis, rapper ASAP Ferg and more.
The Great Outdoors
If you’re an outdoors person, then being under lockdown will be nothing short of hell. However, thanks to the power of tech, you can experience the very best outdoor experiences without having to move. Not ideal, but it will have to do for now whilst everything gets back up and running.
See the Sunset at the Cliffs of Moher – Escape to the incomparably beautiful Cliffs of Moher and virtually enjoy the healing energy of the slight sun rays. The location has the most fabulous scenic views which you can discover directly through your door. Their is also the option to experience the cliffs in VR if you have a headset handy.
Stroll Through Central Park – Central Park is no doubt one of the most iconic parks in the world. The sprawling green space sits in the heart of the big apple and is on the bucket list of anyone travelling there. You can get the central experience virtually with this comprehensive online audio-guided tour. See all the different areas of the park and learn the stories behind the whilst you’re sat on the sofa.
Head Inside Makido Cave – Find peace and solitude while virtually meandering inside the dreamlike Makido Cave, situated in Japan. You can listen to the calming sound of the dripping water here and the experience the colourful LED bulbs that light up this famous cave system.
Experience the Northern Lights – Enjoy watching the mystical Northern Lights streamed by a live camera located directly underneath the aurora oval. It gives you the best view of the most breathtaking light show on earth. It’s a remarkable experience!
Climb Machu Picchu – Take a virtual trek on the awe-inspiring fields of Machu Picchu. Look for the alpacas and make sure to stop for a moment at its highest point. This audio guided virtual tour will definitely inspire, educate and entertain you through the grey and boring periods of home-stay.
Health & Wellness
Ok, so this isn’t really a travel experience, but we’ve included to provide you with some inspo to stay active, as opposed to sitting at home twiddling your thumbs or lounging on the sofa stuffing your faces with junk during this period of lockdown.
Guided Meditation with Lochie the Sheep – Join to a virtual retreat session and de-stress with Lochie, the sheep. During the one-hour zoom talk you get to experience the life on a farm and have a guided meditation after the calming eye contact with the sleepy, cuddly sheep.
PE with Joe Wicks – The Body Coach – Boost your mind and body with Joe Wicks ’creative series of physical education classes, posted every morning to his YouTube channel. Do this 30 minutes of fun little workout to burn calories and keep yourself fit during lock-down.
30 Day Yoga Challenge with Adriene – Join to Adriene’s huge online community and participate in her guided practices of yoga and mindfulness. Her 30 days yoga programme will fill your soul and make your body feel awesome as she leads you in gentle but invigorating routines.
Home Workout with the Heavyweight World Champ – This at-home workout video series with the heavyweight Tyson Fury will help you stay active and entertained during quarantine. Join him and his wife for full-body workout on IG live.
Baddass workout with Barry’s – Participate in the intensive fitness challenge by Barry’s. Join classes, workout, track your progress – the prize is an exclusive tank for the finishers and are guaranteed for everyone!
Though travelling is out of sight at the moment, you can still get to see much beauty of the world and probably get in the mood of planning your first holiday after this all is over! And if you were struggling with ideas on quarantine activities, this extensive guide should give you some inspo and brilliant advice.