What do you love most about traveling? I like the feeling of freedom from my day-to-day routine, freedom from pressures, and largely freedom from stress! Additionally, the experience of seeing new sights, meeting new people, and immersing myself in another culture.
So how do you get that without actually traveling? My favorite method is to read a excellent book. It may be an old favorite, or a new experience, but it’s to pull me right in and keep me there so snuggly that I can’t even think about anything else! My entire body says,”Aaahh.” Then I get excited about what is going to happen next. The atmosphere and experience of another time and place could work its magic to make me feel I’ve left my own home and flown off to a terrific new experience.
My latest favorite book for that sort of”travel without travel” is Adventures of a World-Traveling Scientist by Stanley Randolf. Imagine discovering secrets of cultures that are odd, weird animal species, new views (like”following your Soul Voice”), and scary moments just around the corner! From China to Rarotonga, I sensed very-well-traveled, like an aristocrat from earlier lore.
Then there’s foreign film with subtitles in your first language. You may find yourself thinking differently about life after watching something that occurs in another land. However, I still prefer the books!
A different way to travel without traveling is through finding new civilizations right at home! Or nearby, if you can get to a larger city. Most cities have at least one ethnic restaurant that will not just function new-to-you food, but will delight you with a special atmosphere or art and music, and possibly even amusement native to the owner’s original culture.
Still, books are the best for me personally, since I do not need to consume the unknown cuisine when it sounds really awful, but I can pretend I am still open to it. And with a fantastic imagination, books can make you fly away to lands unknown with a joyous freedom of heart and soul!
Imagine yourself in which you want to be. The beach in Hawaii? The Taj Majal? The Great Pyramids in Egypt? No matter where you to go, if you read about it, you’ll have a better feeling of being there than with movie, though that will help. Simply consider not just how it would look to you, but how it would smell, sound, feel mentally, and even feel physically when your feet hit the sand, or your hand touches a very old stone. It can get very real and truly turn into a”mini-vacation.”