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This week we are very happy to present a guest blog post written by London based blogger Another Blonde Traveler, also known as Jessika! 26 year old Jessika grew up in the suburbs of Montreal and her passion for travel has taken her to over 30 countries so far! No London based, Jessika runs her popular blog Another Blonde Traveler as well as her beautiful Instagram @anotherblondetraveler.
Travel is an amazing way to discover new cultures, see amazing scenery and collect unforgettable memories, something we’re all missing right now. That being said, there’s nothing stopping us from creating a little wanderlust in our own homes. Here are a few tips on how to ease your itchy feet.
Cook your favourite exotic meal
Food is a huge part of going away, it immerses you in the culture, traditions and history of the place and brings people together. Fill your cupboards with interesting ingredients and your home with delicious fragrances and you’ll be transported to your favourite holiday destination in no time.
Why not invoke the spirit of North Africa and the Moroccan souks by cooking a delicious tagine? Or find yourself some Thai basil and dream of South East Asia? Cooking is relaxing, evocative and can use up a good chunk of the time we’ve all suddenly found ourselves with!
Golden Tours posted a feature a couple of weeks back on the best cooking blogs to get your making your Pad Thai and your Spanakopita so make sure to check that out.
Get lost in a travel vlog or video
YouTube really is our friend while we’re all stuck in our houses, visually transporting us wherever we want to go. If you’re looking for a raw and authentic viewing experience, watch some travel vlogs. Now, there are travel vlogs and travel vlogs now everyone with a camera and a plane ticket can call themselves a ‘vlogger’, but if you do some research you will find beautiful and informative content. Be transported into their shoes and see a more authentic side to travel footage from a personal perspective.
Travel documentaries are also a fantastic way to escape your own four walls. Obviously there are a huge variety out there on various channels, but we all know the anything with David Attenborough is superior.
Read travel books
Whenever we plan a trip, we tend to read loads of guides, travel blogs and ask around for first hand recommendations. Personally I also love to read any sort of novels or tales of a specific trip or experience.
Again, great minds and all that Golden Tours has a great list of travel books to transport you around the world. These types of books are a great way to immerse yourself in a specific place and discover unique stories that could inspire the way you travel. It is in my opinion one of the best ways you can travel from home as it gets you wanderlust and your imagination running.
Explore travel photography
We all love nostalgically looking back through all our old travel photos. Why not make an album of your best travel memories and or collect a load of new ones and make a future travel wish list? There are plenty of free image sites online like Unsplash or Pixabay, or you can take inspiration from established sources like National Geographic or just browse Instagram.
I could look at books of travel photography for hours, Steve McCurry is one of my favourites. No matter what medium you prefer, you will soon realize that photography can capture the feelings of a place and translate them to you with a single image.
Connect with people from around the world
Thanks to the magic of the internet, it is now easier than ever to connect with people from around the globe. Having a friend based in another country is a great way to learn about another culture or even learn a new language. It’s so important to keep talking to people right now and try and reduced how isolated we feel. Why not get a friend or family member in another country to film or video call you during their daily walk? Or swap travel photos for inspiration?
I hope you enjoyed these tips and that it will help you keep your wanderlust spirit alive when at home. Keep learning, keep exploring, and keep talking about travel!
Check out Jessika’s YouTube video for extra tips on how to travel from your own home!