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How to Travel the World from Home

Bringing world travel to your doorstep.

I’ll be honest, apart from travelling, much of what I’m doing now isn’t very different from my everyday life in general. 

As for my existing introverted nature, I’ve adapted to the ‘Isolated’ approach to home life quite nicely, only this time I having a little extra free time (and sanitizer) on my hands.

If I’m not travelling, I don’t leave the house. There’s no inbetween. I like to think of it as being a solo traveller in my own home.

So with travel not being an option right now (and me generally being broke 24/7) I’m not going to let it stop me from bringing the world to me; and this exactly what I plan to do. 

Ways in whigh I’ll bring world travel to me.

Reading and education 

Travel writings, guidebooks and history come at me! I figured why not take my travel knowledge further and learn even more in depth facts and customs about my favourite countries.

The amount of travel related books I’ve bought over the years and never read are calling my name now more than ever. I’ve even cranked out the kindle, so I’m taking advantage of this.

Travel from home kit including books, camera and kindle, for the travel blogger at home
A selection of a few of my favourite travel books, not forgetting my trusty Kindle and Camera for whilst on the road travelling.

 

Language Learning

For those of you who follow me on social media, you’ll already be aware of how much I’ve been enjoying learning Spanish. So I thought it would be a good idea to stock up on a couple of audio books and activity printout sheets in advance from the library.

Spanish classes are now postponed at my local college, so I’ve been making the most of coming up with alternative options such as Duolingo and Memrise. 

Spanish learning for solo female travel across South America
I’m taking the time to immerse myself in language learning for my next adventures. For me I chose Spanish.

 

Experiment with food

Instead of rushing out to hoard as much food as possible, I took to my cupboards and put together a meal plan by utilising what I already had. In there I found rice, pasta, stock cubes, flour, eggs, potatoes, herbs/spices and tinned goods. Even though I’m not the greatest cook, I do enjoy experimenting with food.

I plan to get creative by mixing up with some favourite Spanish and Italian dishes, so I’ve opted for a lot of homemade vegetarian paella, pasta bakes, quesadillas and stews. These food items are generally what I have in the house already, so when it came to shopping, I only grabbed what was on the list. (Which to be honest, wasn’t a lot)

Bringing world food to me at home.
Experimenting with Russian and Polish influences when trying out new international dishes.

 

World Cinema for Wanderlusters

Im going to embrace being an armchair traveller. With so many travel documentaries and movies out there, I thought it would be fun to pick a theme each night. Here’s a short list on what I’m enjoying so far; 

▪ Documentaries:

Dark tourist – David Farrier a journalist who visits the more dark and mysterious tourist spots around the world.

What the F*ck is going on – Interviews following how Feminist movements approach tackling gender inequality in Spain.

Peřu: Tesoro escondido – A thousands years of cultural traditions and surprising natural riches.

Guatemala: Heart of the Mayan world – Explore Guatemala’s cultural and geological wealth and natural wonders.

▪ Seasons: 

The kindness diaries – Leon Logothetis travels the world with only his vintage motorbike and the kindness of strangers, which he pays back in unexpected and inspiring ways. 

▪ Movies:

Journey to Greenland – When two part time actors flee from Paris and find themselves immersed the archaic inuit culture and force intriguing new bonds.

Winter of Fire, Ukraines fight for freedom – Over 93 days in Ukraine what starts as a peaceful tudent demonstration, soon becomes a violent revolution of civil rights movement.

Wild – Reeling from her mothers death, a recently divorced woman hikes along the Pacific crest trail woth no prior experience.

Eat, Pray, Love – Liz Gilbert travels the world in search of good food, spirituality and love.

Soltera Codiciada, How to get over a breakup – A heart broken ad copywriter living in Peru is inspired to write a blog about life as a single woman and is surprised by her sites success (also in English)

Girl bloggers alike will appreciate this international movie.
How to get over a breakup, the story of a Peruvian woman overcoming a harsh breakup, learning to rediscover herself whilst she documents her adventure through her blog.

 

Staying connected

I’m using this time as an opportunity to get back into blogging and of course to connect with all of you. Maybe even tweak some old content and get up to date with algorithms… but most importantly to keep in touch with family and friends.

Hopefully my dad remembers what I taught him about using videocall.

 

Home workouts – No equipment necessary

Since hiking and mountain climbing isn’t possible right now, now is the time to crank out the gym mat and save my favourite workout videos. The gym may be closed but that shouldn’t deter me from staying on top of my workouts. Working on that summer bod!

I’m also going to start yoga, the greatest glow up begins with mindfulness and what better way to help get through this challenging time than to trying to become a contortionist right?

Stay tuned for twisted ankles and concussions. 

Boho chic travel, gym mat and having fun with yoga
How gorgeous is this yoga mat? If I have to travel and exercise at home, why not do it in style.

 

Getting Crafty

Rekindling my love of arts, crafts and art appreciation via the works of Antonio Gaudi and Francisco Goya. It’s been wonderful cranking out the old sketch books and jewelery making kits. Maybe even giving the garden a little spruce up too.

If I can’t hit the streets then I aim to spend at least a little more time in the garden. 

Maybe I’ll even upcycle some old clothes.

 

Spring Clean

Repair, re-use, recycle. I’m embracing a more minimalistic approach by decluttering the home. A clear space = a clear mind. Besides, it’s something I would have done this time of year regardless.

Hygge anyone?

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It’s good for your mental wellbeing too.

 

Sleep!

Remember those nights of uncomfortable hostel beds and jet lag? Remember being so burned out from travelling non stop that you’d give anything to nap? I’d just like to point out that it’s also worth remembering to use this time to heal and rest. So youre ready to take on the world again, once it heals too. Need I say more.

Of course these are just a few things I have in mind – the list could go on. 

Conclusion

Lastly just one more thing…

As I sit and write this, I reflect about how lucky I am to have dodged the nightmare of cancelled trips and being stranded from loved ones.

Work in my area is non existent, stores are closing left and right and my contract has been terminated indefinitely.

Overwhelmed by the immense support from my family and friends, I appreciate just how lucky I am.

 

So what now? 

Well, I’m remaining hopeful.

My heart goes out to all of you.

The struggle is real.

By Girl About Europe

Hello my name is Sara and I am the creator behind Girl About Europe, where I share with you all things budget travel and minimal living.

5 replies on “How to Travel the World from Home”

Well said! I have just written something loosely along the lines of your post, in essence how best to productively use this indeterminate length of time indoors. Strange, worrying times from which we all can, and must, invest in our personal growth, knowledge base, and skillset. As ever, all the very best to you.

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All of these are great things to do during this weird time, I hope the Spanish learning continues to go well.

If you don’t mind paying for an app I found Babbel to be pretty good, there’s drawbacks to paying of course but I found it motivated me to practice regularly to get value for my subscription haha. I’m no longer subscribed to it myself but it was a great introduction to learning German.

I’ll also be looking at some of those tv / movie suggestions to add to my list to watch :)

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Hello again.

Great to see Lake Bohinj at the top of this post!

Having just got over my own 18 day brush with Covid-19 lockdown has unfortunately not sparked as much productivity as I would’ve liked, but at least I now have some unique, and hopefully never to be repeated, experiences to write on.

I hope you have kept well during these confusing and unsettling times. I recommend The Andromeda Strain, Project Blue Book, and Suits as an eclectic triumvirate of viewing suggestions.

Regards.

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