It’s safe to say that we’d all love to be able to travel the world and explore all corners if we could. But, that’s not always an option. You may find that there are times in your life that mean you can’t really get away and travel. Sometimes, it can be down to work or money, or different things that you have going on. But that doesn’t stop you from wanting to do things and explore around the world. And because of that, it’s nice to be able to try and see and do as much as you can without actually traveling. Before you say that this isn’t something that you can do, it totally is. There’s a lot of different things that you can do to make it feel like you’re getting a worldly experience.
Of course, in an ideal world, you’d be able to pack a bag and travel the world for six months or a year and get a real-life experience yourself. But that’s really not always possible. Sometimes, you just can’t make it happen. However, you can still broaden your horizons or feel like you’re taking in as much as possible from around the world. And, as a step on from that, you may even be able to see these things you do as research for later on in life when you are able to travel the world – if you want. So, to help you, let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to feel like you’re traveling the world without leaving your town.
Read International Fiction
First of all, one of the best ways that you can ever learn anything is to read. And so, if you know that you want to be able to learn as much as you can about different countries, languages and cultures, then read. And the fun part is, international fiction can really transport you to another place. So simply picking up a book could mean that you get to feel like you’re traveling the world.
Read Travel Guides & Memoirs
But, if that doesn’t work for you – travel guides and memoirs certainly will! Wherever it is that you really want to go, pick up a guide for it or a book about the area written by a traveller or visitor. It will give you such great insight.
Watch International Movies
As a step on from that, you can look to do pretty much the same thing but with film. As you may, or may not, know – there are lots of different films from all around the world. In fact, there are a range of international movies that can be considered the best. And so, it could be enjoyable for you to think about watching a range of different movies to get a better sense of culture around the world.
From here, you’ll then want to consider different documentaries too. It could be the case that you start to learn a lot more when you see different feature programs about places around the world.
Follow The Right Channels
The next thing that is really going to help you is the idea of following the right people and channels on social media. Yes, finding people to follow on Instagram could work – but it might not be enough of an insight. Instead, a Japanese video series or vlogs around Europe could be what you need. So make sure that you seek these out and aim to learn as much as you can.
Make International Friends
And what could be better than making international friends? It could be the case that you can make friends around the world (like a pen pal) to exchange stories with. Or, it could be that you meet more international people locally and listen to their stories.
Create A Vision Board Or Scrapbook
The next thing to consider doing that is always a lot of fun is the idea of creating a travel vision board of a scrapbook. If you know that you want to always feel inspired or that you want to be able to look at the places around the world you wish you could see, every day, – then a vision board is perfect. Cut out pictures and stick them together on a board or even in a book. This can inspire and motivate you to create future travel plans of your own.
Join A Club
One of the most fun and exciting things that you might want to do, is think about joining a club. You will probably find that there are lots of local clubs available that cover your interests. It could be that there is a language club that you can join, or even an interest group all about that one country you really like – such as France or Germany or China. So get out and see what kind of groups there are that you could join.
Eat & Cook Internationally
Another thing that you may find really enjoyable is to try and eat more international cuisine. If you know that you’re always eating foods that are more native to your town, then why not branch out? Sometimes, you can really feel like you’re traveling the world by just trying new foods. This could be going out for breakfast or dinner, it could be eating at friends houses, or it could be cooking different meals for yourself. It’s definitely fun to do this either way.
Create A Plan
Finally, you’re then going to want to make sure that you can create some kind of plan of how you would like to travel the world. Because, you know that even after you’ve done all of the above, you’re still going to have that itch. Whether it’s money or health or work or anything else that is stopping you from traveling today, you may not have that restriction in the future. So the final idea here is to do some research and come up with where you’d like to travel to and what you’d like to do along each stop.