In an ideal world, traveling would pose no financial challenge. You would sip your latte in a chic coffee shop in Prague one day and embark on a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean the next. You would have enough money to buy a safari excursion or fly all the way to Australia and dive at the Great Barrier Reef.
But, this is the real world, and more often than not you can barely make ends meet at the end of the month, yet alone travel to some exotic destination. However, that doesn’t mean that you can trick reality. In this overly connected world, you don’t even have to get out of your home to enjoy what the world has to offer.
Here’s how to visit the world using your laptop.
See the World without Leaving Home
The Internet is a place for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you can afford to book a vacation at a five-star resort or are camping outside the city. It doesn’t matter if your computer is old or new. Anyone can use different platforms and services and see the world without ever leaving their couch.
Lookr.com, for example, is a service that gives you access to thousands of webcams around the world. You can see the Northern Lights in Finland, enjoy a panoramic view from the Eiffel Tower, or visit Budapest’s main square. It will take you one click and less than a few seconds to get there. You can also explore places that are unknown to others by using their map and accessing all available webcams.
Google Earth is another excellent platform you can use to learn about the world. Sure, there are a lot of strange sights on Google Earth, but the website also showcases a lot of educational videos and tours of cities, UNESCO sites, famous buildings, and so on.
Engorge on Social Media Pictures
We all have that friend that is on a perpetual vacation and posts photos from every destination she or he visits. Don’t feel bad about envying her and thinking about banning her account (we’re all guilty of that.)
Yes, social media can be a frustrating reminder that your life isn’t as perfect as you would have wished. But, instead of resenting those that live their dream, try to use social media to explore the world and learn new things.
Follow travel accounts on Instagram or Pinterest, read travel blogs, and let their stories and photos seduce you. Who knows, maybe someday you will put all this knowledge to good use to create a travel blog of your own.
As you’re reading this article, feeling sad for yourself that you are stuck at work, try to understand that while you can’t physically travel to a destination, you can always cheat reality.
Become a Tutor and Connect with People Worldwide
One of the things that make traveling such a rich and fulfilling experience is immersing in cultures and traditions that are different than your own. Thankfully, you don’t have to fly to the other corner of the world to learn what views other people have on topics like life, death, politics, and so on.
For example, you could go to websites like Preply.com, become a tutor, and connect with people worldwide. By becoming an English teacher, you’re not only supplementing your income and saving money for a holiday, but you also get to learn about the places you plan to visit someday. And, who knows, maybe you’ll become friends with your students and ask them to show you around via Skype or to send you pictures from their town home.