Alternative ways to scratch that travel itch without leaving your hometown

Guest post from Janna Bright.


After staying at home for the past year, many individuals have been rethinking the way they travel. These realisations seem to have struck many people since Booking.com’s 2021 report on sustainable travel revealed that 82% of global travellers want to practise becoming more sustainable in their trips. It seems after experiencing a global pandemic, most people want to become a force for good as they explore the world.

However, our article on mindful travel emphasises that this is more than a trend—it’s a new practice that everyone needs to adopt with every trip. This new ethos encourages you to travel with good intentions for yourself and the planet. You can even start practising how to travel mindfully and sustainably in your hometown through the following tips.


Try to Cook Dishes from Different Cuisines

Craving for a warm and hearty bowl of pho? Or daydreaming about some meaty tacos? Sounds like it’s time to learn a new dish. You can enjoy different cultures in the safety of your own home by cooking dishes from different parts of the world. Since you’re making your own food, you can even become more mindful and sustainable in sourcing the ingredients for your meals.


Watch a Travel Film

You may not be able to fly to different countries right now, but you can step in another person’s shoes and enjoy their travel experience by watching a good film. This list of travel films showcases some of the best and most underrated sights right on your TV screen.

For example, if you want to see more of Greece while entertaining yourself with a good musical drama, then watch Mamma Mia! You can dance to ABBA's hit songs while seeing more of what the Mediterranean paradise has to offer. Those craving for a good romance can enjoy Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. It features magnificent shots of the Seine, and of course, romantic scenes in the rain.

Camp in the Forests With Your Friends

After spending so many hours in front of the computer, you might start wishing for the perfect getaway from the busy city life. Luckily, if you live close to a forest, you can go camping. Camping offers a sense of serenity that allows you to enjoy the beauty of nature.

But hey, forests can be a little creepy when you’re alone! Instead of listening to crickets, you can have a fun camping trip with your friends. Just remember to follow the proper protocols. This article states that you can protect yourself and practise sustainability at the same time by wearing a reusable face mask. This allows you to reduce environmental pollution while protecting your health. Since you have tons of space in the outdoors, you and your friend can sleep in separate tents. This ensures that you can both relax in nature while observing the right social distancing protocols. And, of course, don't forget the other necessities—food, water, first aid kits, and the like.

Go on a Historic Tour

How well do you know your hometown? You can learn more about your roots and travel back in time by going on a historic tour. You can try those hop-on, hop-off tours while there are no tourists around, or you can even visit local museums to learn more about your hometown.

But if you want to learn more about the world, you can check out different features that talk about virtual historic tours. For instance, the Sistine Chapel offers a tour where you can look at all the interior artworks. You can even get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa without getting stuck in the crowds by checking the Louvre’s virtual tour.

These 'travel' tips just go to show that you can gain new experiences and learn about different cultures without ever leaving your hometown. After all, to be a mindful traveller is to travel less. Engaging in the practises mentioned above ensure that you're doing your part to lessen the negative environmental impact of travel and tourism.


Team Pluto

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Written by the travel lovers at Pluto HQ