The coronavirus has made travel nearly impossible with international airports shutting down and mandatory quarantines.
To make things sound even more dreary, no one knows when this whole coronavirus pandemic will end.
But the good news is, just because you are stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t explore the world!
In fact, now more than ever, many places are giving travelers the option to view everything from Broadway shows to full museum tours for free – and from the comfort of your own home.
So if you’re trapped inside and want to check out the best the world has to offer, travel virtually with these unique options.
Watch A Broadway Show
Ever wanted to check out a Broadway show from some of the best venues in the world?
Well, now is your chance!
Broadway HD is currently letting users check out a free 7-day trial which includes classics like Romeo and Juliet, The King and I, and Death of a Salesman.
If you’re quarantined inside, now is your chance to up your culture game and check out some incredible performances.
An Artist’s Dream
For people who are used to visiting art galleries on the weekend, it can be a blow to lose access to some of their favorite spots.
The good news is, now you can check out artwork from all around the world right from your home!
With people stuck at home, they’re discovering all sorts of free resources available to the public.
Paris Musées is a collection of 14 different museums in Paris which currently have over 150,000 pieces of art available for free online!
And they WANT you to view them and do whatever you want with ‘em.
The Paris Musées website states:
“As the producer and distributor Paris Musées will allow anyone, with just one click, to obtain the reproduction of a work from our collections, to print it, draw inspiration from it or even use it as a screensaver.
In response to strong demand from researchers, students and teachers, we are ensuring they can easily, enduringly, freely and instantly use High Definition images to support their research, their teaching and their publications, thereby improving their physical and digital cultural mediation tools.
To showcase the reproductions of the works concerned, Paris Musées will create targeted virtual exhibitions which will bring users a maximum of information while encouraging them to download and reuse the images.”
Even if art isn’t typically “your thing,” consider checking out some digital photos and get a feel for what you do like.
And if you are an artist, use these photos as inspiration to paint, draw, sculpt, and get your creative juices flowing!
Tour Your Favorite Museum
Thanks to Google Street View, you can actually tour the inside and “walk the halls” of some of the world’s best museums.
If you have an eye towards aesthetically appeasing architect, you can check out the Guggenheim Museum in New York City via Google Street View.
Tickets usually run up to $25 each, but from the comfort of your own home you can check out the unique modern art exhibits.
Looking for something international?
You can also check out the Palace of Versailles in France and take a virtual stroll down the chandeliered Hall of Mirrors.
Plan Your Next Trip
With all this time at home, take the time to actually research where you’d like to go once all this coronavirus mess ends!
Watch travel documentaries. Check out reviews from worldwide travelers. Build up the momentum.
If you’re really ambitious, use this time to actually study the language of the place you want to go!
Who knows, by the time you actually get to travel you may have mastered a few phrases – or even picked up basic conversational skills!
The brain is an amazing thing, and often times we become excited at just the thought of our next trip.
So don’t get discouraged, this too shall pass.
In the meantime, have fun traveling the world for free – and right from the comfort of your home.
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