Travel In Place: Living Up Lockdown

So all those posts and tweets and instas and vlogs at the beginning of the year about great travel plans for 2020 … well, those certainly haven’t aged well, have they? In their place, how about this instead, our top Absolutely Not At All Medically Valid Recommendation for stopping any pandemic in its tracks:

However, we will note that there is solid evidence that raw garlic is antimicrobial and generally beneficial to the immune system, so you’ve that going for you beside the social distancing effect. Win-win-win!

In any case, we certainly hope that all of you are doing your best to stay at home these days even if you’re not under lockdown whilst the boffins sort out a vaccine, or at least a treatment; and since it’s kinda a fail at reading the room to be posting about places to physically visit at the moment —

— let’s post a roundup of places you can virtually visit and other free travel-related ways to entertain yourself whilst the real world is on hold!

2500+ Museums: Google Arts And Culture

From the Palace of Versailles to South Korean modern art, you can tour online … and, as a bonus, generally get a much better view of the exhibits than you do packed in with all the other tourists under normal conditions! Also note the 4,726 museum StreetViews and the Open Heritage 3D collection, with places like Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to explore.

Four Outstanding Italian Museums You Can Visit From Home

Didn’t think you’d ever get to explore the Sistine Chapel by yourself? Check it out!

More of a visual or audio person? Check out these roundups from Frommer’s:

Virtual World Tour: Lots of Livestreams to Watch When You Can’t Travel

Binge Listen! We Love These Travel Podcasts on Nature, Food, Culture, and More

Also check out Explore Livecams — particularly Aurora Borealis — Northern Lights from Churchill, Manitoba!

More of a reader? Then here is an unparalled resource for the travel historian:

The World Digital Library

This completely free resource of books, photos and maps lets you “Search 19,147 items about 193 countries between 8000 BCE and 2000” so whether you’re interested by geography or time period, stuff here you won’t find anywhere else!

And finally, if your reading tastes are more current, check out a month of free — really free, no signup, no trial — from Scribd, who are setting here a perfect example of how all of us should be doing whatever we can to make life better right now:

Today, with millions of people around the globe staying close to home to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, access to books and information is more important than ever before. Reading can offer incredible comfort: it reduces anxiety and makes us feel more accomplished and even happier. So, for the next month, we will be making Scribd’s library — which includes millions of ebooks, audiobooks, magazine articles, and more — available to anyone, free, for 30 days through this link. There is no credit card or commitment required. Our goal is simply to ensure everyone has access to their favorite books, authors, and quality content as we settle into our new normal for the next few weeks.


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So there you go, Dear Readers — take this opportunity to expand your mental horizons and stay safe and entertained until we can explore beyond the physical horizon again!

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