CulturallyOurs Wonderful Ways To Explore The World From Your Home

Wonderful Ways To Experience The World From Your Home

CulturallyOurs Wonderful Ways To Explore The World From Your Home

There is a lot going on in the world today with regards to the global pandemic. Schools closed, offices moving to a work from home environment and even entire cities on lock down. This is especially hard for a culture and community that thrives on physical contact, explorative travel as well as just connecting with one another socially. As humans we thrive and need interactions – with a diverse group of people. But when left with no other choice, there is nothing more to do than to adapt and find creative ways to get through this together. Thanks to technology, there really are a lot of things we can do at home to experience and see the world, right from our living room couch.CulturallyOurs Wonderful Ways To Explore The World From Your HomeThe key here is to do these things not simply to vile away the time but to learn and educate ourselves on things that are still very important and relevant in the world – art, culture, food, wildlife, nature and everything else in between.

#1 Art and culture from the best museums in the world

CulturallyOurs Wonderful Ways To Explore The World From Your Home Louvre OnlineThanks to an effort to get people to still engage with arts and culture, many museums are offering free virtual tours for everyone. Here are a list of museums around the world that you can explore right from your home.

  1. The Louvre Museum In Paris
  2. History Connected From The British Museum
  3. Guggenheim Museum, New York from Google Arts And Culture Initiative
  4. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. from Google Arts and Culture Initiative
  5. Musée d’Orsay, Paris virtual tours via Google Arts and Culture Initiative
  6. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
  7. Pergamon Museum, Berlin via Google Arts and Culture
  8. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  9. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
  10. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  11. Uffizi Gallery, Florence
  12. MASP, São Paulo
  13. National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
  14. Boston Children’s Museum
  15. Broadway shows from Broadway HD

#2 Experience the outdoors responsibly

CulturallyOurs Wonderful Ways To Explore The World From Your HomeThe fact that most of us are home bound doesn’t mean we have the freedom to pack up the car and drive to the nearest National Park or outdoor recreation area. Unfortunately social distancing and being on a ‘stay at home’ directive means just that. But we all need a little nature fix to reset, renew and recharge. Sometimes that also means experiencing and exploring nature in atypical ways. There are many online directives that allow people to experience nature and the outdoors right from their own home.

  1. Web VR experiment of Mars in collaboration with Google and NASA
  2. Yellowstone National Park has virtual tours of all their popular hiking trails
  3. Explore America’s national park system via webcams
  4. Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China
  5. Wildlife webcams from Zoos around the world via EarthCam

#3 Educational resources and events

CulturallyOurs Wonderful Ways To Explore The World From Your HomeHome bound does not mean party time unfortunately. If you are really into e-learning and online classes as a way to learn a new skill or brush up on your general knowledge, then you are in luck. Many schools and universities have instituted an online e-learning curriculum complete with zoom calls for checkins and online class discussions. In addition there are many resources (for free or low cost alternatives) where people can learn new skills and get creative while being quarantined.

  1. Metropolitan Opera is offering free streaming of their shows
  2. Creative Live is offering free streaming of popular classes for creatives and artists
  3. ClickinMoms one of the best online communities to connect with other women photographers and artists has opened its subscription for 30 day free access to their online forums
  4. Audible is offering free e-books for children, pre-teens and even teens
  5. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Is Live-Streaming Concerts as well
  6. MIT, Harvard and Yale are just some of the the ivy league collages that are offering free online classes in technology

#4 Plan now for travel later

CulturallyOurs Wonderful Ways To Explore The World From Your HomeTravel is by far one of the best ways to explore and experience the world out there. But when travel is not possible, there are other ways to still keep up that spirit of curiosity and exploration. This too shall pass. So why not research and plan your travel for when the travel ban is lifted. Explorative travel can be done from anywhere and there are plenty of websites, blogs and even e-books that you can read that can get you curious about a place or a country.

  1. Watch Nature documentaries like Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Seven Worlds One Planet, and many others
  2. Listen to outdoor themed podcasts like She Explores, Women On The Road, Active Travel Adventures, The Outside Podcast, Wild Ideas Worth Living and In Nature
  3. Read adventure related books like Into The Wild, A Walk In The Woods, Peaks of Europe
  4. Read online travel blogs like Fjords & Beaches, Yoga Wine & Travel, Nomad & Jules and of course many articles right here on the CulturallyOurs blog that relate to travel and local’s guide to many cities around the world
  5. Check out the CulturallyOurs past travel retreats and sign up to be notified when 2020/2021 retreats open for registration.
  6. Go through your own archives of photos and relive all those wonderful travel memories. Perhaps even create an online album or even get an album printed via Artifact Uprising

#5 Health and Wellness at home

CulturallyOurs Wonderful Ways To Explore The World From Your HomeBeing home doesn’t mean letting go of your gym workout routines and even letting your eating healthy plan go to waste. Or does it mean peanut butter and jelly sandwiches all day long. There are many wonderful resources to keep working out at home and even to experiment with different cuisines from around the world.

  1. Crossfit has many free beginner workouts that you can try out right from your living room with minimal extra equipment
  2. CorePower Yoga has on demand yoga classes that you can stream from anywhere
  3. Beachbody on Demand has a free 60-day trial on their website
  4. One of our favorites, Headspace is offer free meditation for 30-days via their app.
  5. FeastingAtHome, Paula Saalfeld and Maria Dokshina routinely share wonderful recipes and healthy meal ideas on their blog and social media. Bonus, both Paula and Maria are regular contributors on the CulturallyOurs blog global foods section, so you can check out their recipes here as well.

As you can see from these 37 varied ways of experiencing the world from your home, there is a lot you can do, see and experience to keep you busy and engaged. It is okay to feel anxious with all that is happening in the world. But know that you alone have the power to change the way you feel. Social distancing and stay in place don’t mean stop living life.

Life is beautiful, culturally rich and beautifully diverse with all that we have at our finger tips to experience it. Make use of these resources and make the most of your time to see the world from home.

What are other ways you are see the world around you from home? We would love to know.

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  1. Lekha says:

    Thank you for the detailed information in your blog. We could all use some of these ideas in such times..

  2. Carrie says:

    Love the museums you listed. I have been to a few of them and I highly recommend!

  3. Francesca says:

    Love these suggestions! I’ve definitely started to feel a little stir crazy so I will be referring back to these a lot!

  4. Chelsea says:

    I love this! There is so much to do from the comfort of our own homes!
    I think it’s great that so many places are offering free tours! I have been looking the zoo live cameras!

  5. Wendy Lee says:

    What a great list! This is a hard time for many people, but we are fortunate that technolgoy is offering so many unique opportunities to connect and learn while we stay at home. Thanks for all this helpful information.

  6. Kim says:

    Great post! I love the list of educational resources and the health and wellness resources as I’ve been trying to eat healthier and stay in shape. Thanks!

  7. Sue says:

    I was just looking for a bit of inspiration & this has given me loads! It is amazing to see all the opportunities & resources that are now available online.I wasn’t aware of many of these so thank you for sharing. I’m off to have a virtual look around a museum now!