The past year has been a shock to the system, as the global pandemic caused the world to come to a screeching halt. As outlined by the BBC, there have been countless economic and social consequences, from businesses shuttering, to communities being forced to spend holidays apart. Indeed, people have had to make huge adjustments for the good of public safety.
One thing that people have surely missed is travelling and all the activities that come with it. Luckily, there are ways you can recreate these experiences from the comforts of your home. Keep reading if you want to know how you can indulge in these activities yourself.
Going on a culinary journey
Inarguably, one of the best parts of travelling is indulging in the local cuisine. Whether you’re in Tuscany or Tokyo, each place has something unique to offer and can give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of their local culture. So how exactly can you recreate this experience at home?
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With the help of online shops, you can enjoy different cuisines without leaving your house. Online farmers markets have even brought the savoury taste of Europe to peoples’ homes. One downside to this is that not all the options online are reliable or “authentic,” so just make sure to do the proper research to ensure that you’re getting high-quality food. Read up on other customers’ experience with the restaurant or store before ordering to minimize the risk of an unsatisfactory meal.
Bingo on a cruise ship
Cruises provide passengers with luxurious getaways where they can relax and have fun. And while there’s no way to recreate the exact cruise experience from home, you can still enjoy some of the activities that are usually available onboard, such as having mimosas on a sunny afternoon or enjoying the view of a (socially-distanced) beach.
Out of all the activities that you can participate in on cruise ships, bingo night might just be the most underrated. Bingo provides passengers with an opportunity to socialize in a casual setting, which is something that we’re sure you’ve missed during these past months of isolation. CheekyBingo’s how to play guide points out how 30-ball bingo is the smallest form of the game, making it rather easy to replicate at home. All you’ll need to do is to make use of a video conferencing platform to play with friends, and maybe order a bingo set online. You can then proceed to play over video chat. Of course, one of the participants will have to pick out the numbers but this should be a fun experience as well.
Visiting museums all over the world
Art lovers must be pretty disappointed, as going to the museum isn’t really an option right now. However, there are ways to get your art and history fix without making the trip.
Technology has made it possible to visit a multitude of museums from all over the world. The Guardian’s list of the world’s best virtual museum and art gallery tours highlights the vast number of choices you have at your disposal. These include the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Natural History Museum in London, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Now, visiting these sites in-person is still a drastically different experience, but these digital tours aren’t anything to scoff at. They’re pretty immersive, since many of them offer a 360-degree view of the sites with accompanying voice-overs to help familiarize visitors with the exhibits.