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10 Ways to Travel Without Traveling Over 40
There may be reasons why you can’t travel when you want to (who said “pandemic”?). Don’t fret. There are ways to feel like you’re traveling without leaving home – like these 10 ways to travel without traveling over 40. They’ll get you through those non-travel times.
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10 Ways to Travel Over 40 Without Leaving Home
1 - Tackle Travel Puzzles
Dreamy Santorini - 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Gold old school on travel inspiration with a classic jigsaw puzzle. What better way to pass the chilly days of winter alone or with your family? Be inspired with awe-inspiring destinations, like Santorini, Greece. I love this island and can’t wait to go back. If you’ve never been to Santorini, get this puzzle and it will surely motivate you to start planning that solo trip to Greece. Need more inspiration? Check out Buffalo Games Amazon store for more gorgeous global locations.
2 - Imbibe Cocktails from Around the World
"Behind the Bar: 50 Cocktail Recipes from the World's Most Iconic Hotels"
Try some global spirits to lift your travel spirits with this cocktail recipes book. There is nothing like imbibing from around the world while you’re immobile waiting on your next trip to come. Learn 50 signature cocktails from the most iconic hotel bars across the world, appealing to tried-and-true cocktail lovers and design aficionados alike. It also shares anecdotes from barkeeps and hotel and design personalities. Add it to your travel collection.
3 – Get a Travel Magazine
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4 – Get Gastronomic Globally
Around the World Cookbook: Over 350 Authentic Recipes
Whether you’re solo at home or not, dip into this cookbook to whip up some global, traditional favorites for yourself or your family. With over 350 recipes, you can travel gastronomically with recipes like Indian Tandoori, African Beef in Aubergine Sauce, Italian Chocolate Bread, and Chinese Dim Sum. This cookbook is sure to keep your pallet as adventurous as your spirit.
5 – Get a Wine Subscription
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6 – Sip Wine Direct from Italy!
tuscany in a bottle
Ok, can you tell I like wine? Well, if you like it as much as I do, why not expand on your wine cellar and have wines shipped directly from some of Italy’s best vineyards? Find all types of varietals from Italy’s best wine regions. Don’t like wine? Try the olive oils or vinegars. Shop to your heart’s content and let Italy come to you. Yum!
7 – Expand Your Travel Bucketlist
"1,000 Places to See Before You Die" (2nd Ed.)
I have this book and I have to tell you it sure is hard to read without picturing yourself in these amazing places. In fact, this book brought the Melk Abbey in Austria to my attention. What happened? I saw it when I went wine tasting in Wachau Valley, which I highly recommend. Get this book. It will give you travel ideas you may have not have thought of before.
8 – Learn a Foreign Language
Communication across languages not only breaks down barriers, but it also provides an appreciation for different cultures and builds in travel safety on solo travel. While you’re dreaming of travel at home, take the time to brush up on the local language! This is an investment in yourself that only ads value to your travels.
9 – Watch Travel Movies
10 – Take a Virtual Museum Tour
Transcending couch travel is virtual reality travel. Yep, virtual reality isn’t just for games. Through your Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality set, you can download the free Boulevard museum app and get a tour of museums in the U.S. and England! All combined, it is a less expensive way to get to the best art museums when you can’t go in person. Perfect if you’re an art nut like me.
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