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How to travel the world (even if you can’t leave home)

Article by GVI


Posted: December 13, 2022

Travel the world – it’s a phrase that evokes excitement and wanderlust in equal measure. For many of us, the idea of setting off on a global adventure is a dream come true. But with so many incredible destinations to choose from, where do you start?

Travel the world off the beaten track

At GVI, we believe that the best way to travel the world is to immerse yourself in local cultures and experiences. Forget tourist traps and cookie-cutter itineraries – we want to help you discover the real heart of each destination you visit.

One way to do this is to seek out authentic, locally-owned accommodations. Instead of staying in a chain hotel, why not try a homestay or guesthouse? Not only will you get a more intimate glimpse into daily life, but you’ll also be supporting the local community.

Another way to truly travel the world is to try new foods. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try dishes that may be unfamiliar to you. Not only will you be expanding your palate, but you’ll also be supporting local businesses and getting a taste of the region’s unique culinary culture.

Of course, no trip is complete without some sightseeing. But instead of hitting all the major landmarks, try to seek out hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path attractions. Talk to locals and ask for recommendations, or do some research to discover lesser-known spots. You never know what incredible experiences you might stumble upon.

Explore the world from your home

It’s important to recognise that travel is a privilege, and not everyone has the opportunity to embark on global adventures. Even if you can’t travel at the moment, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have exciting experiences and broaden your horizons.

One option is to try virtual travel – there are countless websites and apps that offer virtual tours of museums, landmarks and other destinations. 



There are many websites and apps that offer virtual tours for free. Some examples include:


  • Google Arts & Culture: This website and app offers virtual tours of museums and cultural institutions from around the world, as well as interactive exhibits and articles.
  • 360 Cities: This website allows you to explore 360-degree panoramic photos of cities and landmarks from around the globe.
  • The Virtual Tourist: This app offers virtual tours of over 600 destinations, including photos, maps and reviews from other travellers.
  • Street View on Google Maps: This feature on Google Maps allows you to explore street-level views of cities and neighbourhoods from around the world.
  • AirPano: This website offers 360-degree panoramic photos of natural wonders, landmarks and other destinations, taken from a bird’s eye view.


These are just a few examples – there are many more websites and apps that offer virtual tours and other ways to explore the world from the comfort of your own home.

You can also explore the world through books, films and television shows that transport you to different cultures and environments.

Another option is to seek out local adventures in your own community. Look for hidden gems and undiscovered spots in your own city or town, and try new activities and experiences. You might be surprised at what you find right in your own backyard.

The happiest world travellers are curious

Ultimately, the key is to be open-minded and curious, and to embrace new experiences, wherever you are in the world. Whether you’re travelling the globe or exploring your own community, there’s always something new to discover.

Finally, remember to stay open-minded and flexible. Travel the world with a sense of curiosity and adventure, and be willing to go with the flow. Embrace new experiences and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Travel is about more than just checking sights off a list. It’s about connecting with people, immersing yourself in new cultures, and creating unforgettable memories. It’s your time to see where the world takes you!

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