• Tracy Schatz

Top 4 Stops On Your Cultural Virtual Vacation

During this time in our lives, more and more of us are finding that we simply cannot get into the car and drive to some of our favorite vacation destinations. We can’t even hop onto a plane to go halfway around the world to celebrate our anniversary, birthday, or other special occasions.

However, that doesn’t mean that we need to stop traveling altogether, because it is so easy to have a cultural vacation at home! Yes, it will take a little work on your part, but not hardly as much as it would if you were planning a real vacation. All you need to do is organize your plan, grab the proper supplies from the grocery store, and before you know it, you will feel as if you are somewhere else… Far, far away from everything that is going on!

Options for a Cultural Vacation at Home

Go to Thailand

There are plenty of virtual tours available online and Thailand is no exception. So, sit down with your family to see the Samujana Villas and the Phi Phi Islands, before reading a book that features Thailand out loud during the afternoon. A couple of excellent options include The Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle or Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap. As dinnertime nears, you can all gather in the kitchen to make Vegetarian Pad Thai, Sesame Chicken with Creamy Satay Sauce, or a Thai-Style Brisket.

Go to Italy

The entire country of Italy might be off-limits right now, but you can easily explore Rome from the comfort of your own home. Once you have explored the city, you may want to turn your sights to the Vatican Museums and the beauty and history they hold. One of the best ways to see more of this country is during a movie marathon, where you can watch movies that are filled with Italian landscapes. A couple of favorites include Roman Holiday, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Much Ado About Nothing. Dinnertime can have the entire family preparing Spaghetti and Meatballs with homemade sauce, Spaghetti Alla Carbonara, or a basic Homemade Pizza.

Go to France

There are plenty of virtual tours of Paris, but a few favorites you might enjoy include the Normandy Battlefields, the Louvre, Catacombes de Paris, and Versailles Palace. A day in France will include a stop at a local bakery for a baguette in the morning, grabbing a delicious French pastry in the afternoon, and a phenomenal dinner at night. Thankfully, you can enjoy all these things inside your own home with a little pre-planning. A few dinner options include Lyonnaise Potatoes, Coq au Vin, Chicken Fricassee, and Steak Frites Bites. Oh, and don’t forget the crepes for dessert!

Go to England

Touring England from your couch is quite simple, especially if you are interested in seeing Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery, Windsor Castle, and the Houses of Parliament. This is the perfect time to dive into reading the Harry Potter books or watching the movies, but you may also want to consider watching the television series Sherlock or the movie Paddington. Mary Poppins is another fantastic option, especially if you really want to forget the troubles of the day. When you go to prepare the foods for this cultural adventure, you may want to consider making Classic Scones, the Ploughman’s Lunch Platter, and Beer-Battered Fish and Chips.

This is just a sampling of the many different cultural vacations you can take at home during this time when travel is limited. However, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of other options. Simply be creative and do a little research, so you can transport your entire family to another part of the world without even leaving your couch!





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