While the pandemic kept many of us from traveling
last year, the lure and excitement of exploring new destinations may still light
up your soul – and for good reason. Travelling offers excellent benefits. In
addition to the physical rewards of moving about the country, there's a significant
amount of research that suggests
visiting new places can do wonders for your mental and emotional health as well.
What a treasure for travel seekers.
you look forward to what the new year brings, you may not feel ready to hop on
a plane just yet, and that's perfectly okay! You can still enjoy the thrill of traveling
from the comfort of your home. Some call this a stay-at-home-vacation or
staycation. We also like the term armchair traveling, which means engaging in
travel-themed activities while relaxing in your favorite chair. This type of
travel allows you to learn about new locations, fill your time with exciting
activities, and feel inspired for a future trip. It also provides the emotional
benefits of traveling without leaving home.
get started, we suggest dreaming of a particular destination. Have you always
wanted to dip your toes in the waters of Hawaii? Maybe take a walk through the
ancient ruins of Pompeii? Or bite into a slice of Margherita pizza in Italy? Once
you have a location in mind, read through our suggestions below and start
exploring – no passport required!
Take a Virtual Tour. With the help of your computer and a
company called Walks, guided "walking
tours" of the most desired locations around the world are made available to you.
Passionate experts take you on hour-long video tours and reveal some of the lesser-known
facts about each place as you go. The company offers a wide selection of experiences
for a small fee, and during January, all tours are 10% off using the promo code
Another way to travel virtually is to tap into live
webcams. You can visit natural wonders, art
museums, zoos, parks, and beaches right from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Most webcams are free and available any time of day. This list of 20 fascinating locations is a great place
Read books about travel. Books
are a fantastic way to take a journey without leaving your home. Stories can be
educational, entertaining, and even indulgent as you explore destinations
through the eyes of a travel writer or the experiences of a fictional
If you need some inspiration, this is an excellent list of
books that's sure to take you places. For more of a National Geographic approach,
we recommend this awe-inspiring compilation of
500 celebrated and lesser-known destinations around the globe.
movies. The cinema is a beautiful way
to explore the world. Whether the storyline is true or purely fictional, movies
like Into the Wild, Out of Africa, and Under the Tuscan Sun can
instantly take you on a lovely journey through space and time. Here's a list of 21 of the
best travel movies to check out.
If you prefer documentaries
or reality shows, the Discovery+
streaming service is a great resource to try. There's also a new original series
coming to CNN called "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy." The show premiers in
February, but you can watch this sneak peek now to get a taste of this light-hearted show.
photos. Feeling nostalgic? Revisit a
previous adventure! Pull out the scrapbooks filled with your favorite vacation
photos or reminisce over precious souvenirs you collected along the way. If you
have an all-time favorite photo, consider using it to personalize a calendar or print it on a magnet so you can display and
enjoy it more often.
Did you experience
these trips with someone special? Open your journal and write about it or pick
up the phone and swap stories. Walking down memory lane can be a rewarding little
trip in itself.
music from a region you love. Music
has the power to stimulate memories and take us back to a very specific place.
For instance, the sound of a steel drum might remind you of a trip to the
Caribbean, while the wail of a bagpipe might whisk you off to the lush green vistas of Scotland or Ireland. Even if
you've never traveled to these lands, distinct musical sounds can help transport
you to new and colorful places. So, put on a record or pop in a CD and take
your imagination for a spin.
Not sure where to begin? The music service Spotifyoffers numerous ways to find hits from any
country in the world. To download this
free service on your phone, go to Spotify for iOS | Android.
Learn a new
language. Thinking about traveling
abroad one day? A great way to prepare for an upcoming adventure is to pick up
a new skill you can use on the trip, like learning a language. Experts say
it's never too late to master a second language. Spanish, French, and German
are the most common choices, and they're much easier to learn with the help of
services such as Duolingo or RosettaStone. Give them a try. Será divertido! (It will be fun!)
Nothing can completely replace the joy of
For now, we hope these ideas speak to your sense of wonder and keep you
inspired to explore. As you start making plans to get out, we'll be here as a
guide offering tips, resources, and exciting services like our Travel Program. We believe in helping seniors have new
experiences while still feeling safe and comfortable. Interested in learning about
our program or living in a Resort Lifestyle Community? Find a community near you and call us!