Quarantined for weeks, we are all getting a bit stir crazy! I have walked my neighborhood every day for weeks and although I love where I live, I am definitely getting tired of the same scenery. If the usual activities of cooking, organizing, exercising and reading have been exhausted, consider taking a mini vacation - from the comfort of your own home of course!
While businesses are closed and tourist areas are empty, many attractions have gotten creative to offer a bit of excitement during quarantined life. This post was actually inspired by Discover Puerto Rico, who put on a virtual weekend Escape to Puerto Rico. There was a salsa lesson by a local expert, a cocktail making class hosted by a local bar tender and a cooking demo with a live chef! It was well attended and an incredible look into the culture of Puerto Rico. Visit their instagram page to see more upcoming live events.
Puerto Rico may have been one of the first, but they certainly are in good company now. Online travel experiences are all over the internet, here are a few more of my favorites:
If you love animals, check out the San Diego Zoo Live Cams! You can take an adventurous African Safari seeing live giraffe's, tigers, elephants and more! There are 11 live cams of animals from all over the world. If you are like me and skeptical about the treatment of animals in a zoo, rest assured that the San Diego Zoo is committed to animal conservation and releases animals back into the wild whenever possible.
Get inspired by tourist boards all over the world. The Vienna Tourist Board launched a campaign called #ViennaFromMyWindow on Instagram and the photos and videos are spectacular! Head over to either Instagram or Twitter for another favorite #dontvisitwales
where you will see some of the funniest posts from people encouraging you NOT to visit Wales!
If culture is what you seek, let's travel to the bank of the river Thames to visit The Globe Theater in London for an amazing performance of Hamlet at Shakespeare's Globe on YouTube. The seats are better than I would actually get on any vacation and I love the way they show the audience, it makes me feel like I am sitting right there in the theater.
For those in cooler weather, how about a day on the beach? Tune in to Soggy Dollar's live web cam and feel like you are sitting in a lounge chair on the small island of Jost Van Dyke in the middle of the British Virgin Islands with your toes in the sand! Don't forget to BYOB until you can visit our friends at Soggy Dollar in person!
A fun evening of entertainment for the entire family is coming on April 18, 2020. You don't want to miss it! Be sure to check out the television special One World: Together at Home put on by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization curated by Lada Gaga. An all-star cast of entertainers and celebrities will be participating!
Vacation OUT OF THIS WORLD!
And for the ultimate ESCAPE, try taking a trip to SPACE! The video gallery offered by NASA is expansive, but my personal favorite is the Apollo 13 views of the moon. It is unlike any vacation you have ever been on!
There are new live experiences being shared everyday, what are some of your favorites?
Covid 19 has put a damper on everyone's travel plans. First spring break and now summer travel is at risk. If you are dreaming of a day when we can hop on a plane or take a drive to a new location, you are not alone!
While inside for weeks, many of us have binge watched on Netflix and Amazon Prime. If you are like me and beginning to run out of material, take a look at this list. I have put together, in no particular order, a list of 10 movie locations right here in the great USA that you can actually visit once the travel restrictions are lifted! Each one features a different state!
There you have it, my list of movies that can inspire travel around the US!
Can you think of any others? Comment below on a movie location you have seen or would like to visit in the future!
Holidays can be stressful, but travel doesn't have to be!
It's a popular time of year to be on the road, the rail or in the air to get to a celebration with friends and family.
I am sharing some helpful tips (and reminders) to reduce stress and increase happiness during a busy travel holiday season!
Leave yourself TIME
Being late and worrying about missing a plane, train or bus can be very stressful. It causes us to rush which leads to forgetfulness and clumsiness (yup, my headphone case spilled from my bag on my last trip and I was in too much of a hurry to look down and notice!) If you leave yourself plenty of time, you can travel more calmly and avoid a headache later.
If you are traveling by plane, consider taking a car service to the airport. Leave the driving to someone else so you can begin your vacation the minute you leave your home! (Perfect Limo is my go to and they offer my clients a discount, simply use the code SunlitTravel)
If you prefer to drive yourself to the airport, try a parking lot with a shuttle, such as The Parking Spot or Purchase Park 2 Fly. You can leave your car in good hands and shuttle directly to the terminal.
Bring an extra battery bar.
Phones are useful for directions, keeping track of travel plans, emergency phone calls or just simply passing the time. I don't care how old you are, you are probably going to use your phone at some point during your travels and you don't want to be caught with a dead battery.
We all know to pack medicine in a carry on bag but as a reminder - it is worth repeating! Also helpful is a small, laminated card listing your medical needs. I use the FARE (Food Allergy Research Education) chef card template to make cards for myself and my clients with allergies. It is especially helpful for translating to other languages.
My absolute favorite way to pack for ANY trip but especially to help keep organized for the holidays. These bags are understated by themselves, but use them once and you will be amazed! The compartmentalization can organize any type of traveler!
Don't Wrap Gifts
If you need to go through any type of security, they will likely want to know what you have hidden beneath the pretty wrapping and bows. Do yourself a favor and pack presents without the wrapping, bring the paper and ribbon for later, believe me, it's not worth the scrutiny. (yup, I once had to unwrap all my presents in the airport - wasted tons of time and left me an unorganized mess)
Bring your sense of humor (well isn't this just great advice for just about everything!)
Wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season with great travel stories!
Hi! My name is Buffy and I am the owner of Sunlit Travel! I love to plan special occasions like GROUP VACATIONS and MULTI-GENERATIONAL FAMILY VACATIONS! My favorite part is adding special touches to make the trip especially memorable!