The Top 5 Ways to Travel without Leaving Home

Updated June 1, 2020.

Everyone who loves to travel gets it… that itch. That travel bug bites, and it’s impossible to shake that feeling that you need to travel! Unfortunately for those of us who live in the real world, travel is not always an option. Money’s too tight, you don’t have enough time off work—whatever the reason, sometimes you just need to scratch that itch, just a little, to make it through until your next trip! Here’s a quick list of five things you can do to travel from home!


Start making plans for your next trip! I love planning my travels. Checking flights, scoping out hotels, and looking on blogs or Pinterest for things to do are some of my favorite ways to beat that travel bug itch. I can’t be too sad about not traveling if I’m making plans for upcoming travel! Even if you’re just dreaming, dreams sometimes become reality!

How I feel when I’m planning my travels!
Find all my best resources on my Travel Planning Page!

Become a Coffee (or Tea, or Chocolate) Connoisseur

I’ll admit it: I’m a total coffee weenie. Give me a flavored latte over black coffee any day! But I love finding out where coffee is grown and learning more about those places! Many coffee shops pride themselves on selling single-source coffees from all over the world, so make plans to attend a tasting, or just make it your mission to try coffee from a new place every day until you’ve tried them all!

Prefer to percolate in the comfort of your own home? Marie Mae Company (unashamedly my favorite company in the world) sells artisan coffee grown by women in Peru, Rwanda, and Guatemala! Each purchase allows Marie Mae Company to donate an hour of business training to women around the world! Get yours here!

The same goes for tea and chocolate! Find out where your favorite comes from, then start planning your trip!

Fresh roasted coffee from Peru!
More here: Your Guide to Coffee from Around the World

Try a New Recipe

Everyone knows the defining factor about any and every culture is their food, right? Want to visit Thailand? Make your own pad Thai at home! Longing to visit London? Host afternoon tea for yourself and some friends. Prefer Poland? Try making your own pierogis! Interested in Italy? Make your own pizza!

Not much of a cook? Or maybe it didn’t turn out as well as you hoped? Order in anyway! Close your eyes and enjoy a taste of your exotic dream location.

Need a taste of Austria? Pound out some schnitzel and whip up some spaetzel!
Need some inspiration? Check out my World Foods Page!

Watch Movies and TV

When I can’t be jetting off to exciting new countries, I watch the Amazing Race! When I need a good British fix, I binge on Downton Abbey. When I want to transport myself to Cairo, the Peruvian Jungle, Shanghai, or India, I put on Indiana Jones! If you want to visit Singapore, I highly recommend Crazy Rich Asians, but if a classic is more your style and Brazil is on your list, check out Flying Down to Rio starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in their first movie together!

Kauai: filming location for Soul Surfer, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, South Pacific, and countless other movies!
Need more inspiration? Good luck! This is the Year of Movie Moments on the blog!


Books are the original teleportation device! Books have been transporting people to new places and times since books have been written. One of the funniest books I’ve ever read is Turn Left at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams, about his hysterical experiences traversing the Andes Mountains in Peru. I’m definitely a sucker for a good World War I or II novel set anywhere in Europe, but then I’m always excited for a book set in Hawaii, too! Check out my various reading lists and pick a few to tide you over until your next trip. Or let one of them inspire your next trip!

I love a good beach read, especially on the beach!
Find your next book in my Online Shop!

How do you manage your travel cravings between vacation time? Comment below to tell me! And for more ideas for “traveling” from home, take a look at What to Do Without Travel (for a little while) inspired by the COVID-19 Quarantine!

Need more? Check out my Travel Tips Page!

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