15+ Fun Ideas for How to Travel from Home

If you’re like most of the world, and worried about spending money to travel, never fear. There are plenty of ways to travel the world without leaving home. Here are some of our favorite ways you and your family can spend time together. From blogs and podcasts to music and subscription boxes, there are plenty of ways for you to learn about world travel from home.

15+ Fun Ideas on How to Travel From Home - Kids Are A Trip

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How Families Can Learn About Travel from the Comfort of Home

1. Read travel blogs

Family travel blogs are a great way to research new destinations and travel around the world from home. Think of all the daydreaming.  

When you read travel blogs you learn from others’ travel experiences, so it’s a great way to research a destination before planning a family trip. It’s amazing to see the world through the eyes of other travelers and their children. Who knows, you might find a destination you never considered before!

When it’s time to book your travel, use these sites to plan travel and the writers get a small percentage of the booking (but it doesn’t cost you more). It’s a win-win for everyone.

2. Listen to travel podcasts

Travel podcasts are a great way to learn about new places together or when you have some downtime. Some of our favorite family travel podcasts are Vacation Mavens, Ireland Family Vacations, and The Jetsetting Family

Vacation Mavens is a family travel podcast that provides destination guides for vacation destinations across the globe. It’s one of our top travel podcasts for families who travel as they also offer tips for parenting on the go. 

Girl with headphones listening to music-Kids Are A Trip

The Jetsetting Family shares practical tips for traveling with kids. They cover everything from using reward points for travel to comparing two major cruise lines, and more. This podcast is a wealth of information!

Ireland Family Vacations is for families planning a trip to Ireland. The host, Jody, knows Ireland inside and out, and shares interesting Ireland travel tips and history. A must-listen for families traveling to Ireland.

3. Play travel board games

Summer offers the perfect opportunity to spend time together. It could be tempting to play on game consoles or binge-watch TV series. But why not put the screens down and play some travel board games?

Many games can also be educational, so you can check off homeschooling and quality family time together. These are some favorites below or you can check out these travel games for kids.

4. Research your family history

Do you know where you come from? It’s possible you have family members across the world who you don’t even know about!

Sites like Ancestry.com can help families start their research and build a family tree together. If you want to know more about yourself, Ancestry and 23andme sell DNA testing kits. People have been known to find out new discoveries in their family tree and some have even found new family members!

5. Read books from around the world

Another way to reduce screen time is reading! I have put together lists of my favorite books from around the world for kids, and for adults.

25 Travel Books for Children

How to Travel the World Through Books (for adults)

6. Make a vacation scrapbook or vision board

Do you keep photo albums? Or do your vacation pics sit on your computer? Buy a scrapbook, some glue, and accessories, and print your favorite photos to make a vacation scrapbook. It’s a great way to revisit your favorite places and share memories.

Vacation Vision Board Travel from Home

Another great resource for photo books is Chatbooks, an easy-to-use app that will put together photos straight from your phone. Whenever you want to revisit anywhere in the years to come, you can get out your vacation scrapbook. 

You can also plan for future travel. With all this reading, listening, and researching about different destinations why not plan your next trip? Travel Mamas has a great post about how to host a vision board party. Put all of your travel dreams onto a vision board and that trip will be easier to plan when you’re ready.

Another idea is to brush up on your photography skills. Nikon is offering free classes, which include a Dynamic Landscape Photography class!

7. Learn a new language

If you have relatives or friends that speak a foreign language ask them to teach the kids a few words. It’s easy to hop on Skype or FaceTime and have a conversation.

Rosetta Stone and Duolingo offer apps and classes for learning. You just have to be willing to put in the time and effort.

Other fun ideas include foreign language bingo, flashcards, or a bilingual picture dictionary. You can even make flashcards by looking up words on the internet.

8. Cook recipes from around the world

Many people are using this time to learn how to cook or get more creative with their dishes. Why not try some recipes from around the world? 

Don’t miss our favorite recipes from around the world to cook with kids!

Kids Around the World Cook is one of our favorite recipe books. As it’s written for kids, you can cook these meals together and it’s available on Kindle, which means you don’t need to wait for delivery. There are also virtual cooking lessons so you can learn from a professional chef in the comfort of your own home.

Some of our other favorite cookbooks with recipes from around the world include: 

Family cooking noodles while staying at home-Kids Are A Trip

9. Create a travel bucket list

Each member of the family picks a destination to visit on your travel bucket list, and together you plan it out. Research it, create an itinerary, and work out a budget. You could then even put together a vacation saving plan with strategies for reaching your travel goal.

If you need inspiration, check out Lonely Planet’s Where to Go When, or some of our favorite posts: Bucket List Destinations for Families and Best National Parks Around the World. We have also used this talking globe to get our kids excited about travel.

10. Try a travel subscription box 

Subscription boxes give the family something to look forward to every month! Travel around the world at home and try food and snacks through subscription boxes like Try Treats and Universal Yums.

If you’re looking for something to inspire your kids, then Little Passports is a great option. You will receive monthly activity packs that will help your little one explore the world from your lounge.

Most travel subscription boxes offer discounts and free trials so sign up for their emails and be the first to learn about them!

11. Take virtual tours 

Many tourist attractions are now offering virtual tours. It’s a great way to travel around the world at home!

You can visit museums abroad, like the National Museum Australia which offers endless hands-on activities to entertain kids. Many zoos and museums are offering virtual tours. Why not turn one on and have a picnic while you explore these different destinations?

Orbitian Media is a YouTube channel that offers 360-degree tours of cities, from Paris and Barcelona to New York City and New Delhi! I could get lost for hours scrolling through the feed.

You can even visit theme parks virtually. We are loving this virtual trip to Disneyland!

I’ve made a list of the best museums in the US and around the world for kids. Take a look through and check out museum websites to see if they are running virtual tours, or plan a future museum trip.

12. Research famous travelers 

Why not mix geography and history by putting together a famous travelers quiz? Put some questions together and let your kids research and find the answers. Children could even put a presentation together on their favorite traveler and present it to the family. 

Read about inspirational travelers travel from home

Check out the book series “Who Was” for ideas (we like Marco Polo, Amelia Earhart, and Jane Goodall).

13. Watch travel movies

Who doesn’t love to snuggle on the sofa as a family and watch movies? 

I’ve put together a list of our favorite films to watch when we need our travel fix. If you have a subscription service you’re likely to find them on there.

Netflix also offers viewing parties, so if you’re separated from family, you can watch movies about travel and interact with them together. 

14. Make playlists and learn to dance to music from around the world

When traveling around the world at home, music is one of the most immersive ways to do it. Music is a huge part of a country’s culture and identity, so why not spend time learning about the songs and dances of other countries?

There are plenty of places to find playlists of music from around the world, you can search on Spotify, YouTube, or even ask Alexa if you have one. 

Why don’t you split into teams, or you can go off individually and learn a dance from another country? Youtube has tutorials from K-pop and flamenco to tango and belly dancing. Family members can then put on a show, or teach everyone else a dance they learned. 

Father daughter dancing-Kids Are A Trip

15. Use art to learn about other cultures

Who knew that you could use travel to inspire so many homeschooling lessons? Not only can you teach your kids about art using virtual museum tours, but you can use art from around the world to inspire them to create a masterpiece of their own. 

Around the World L has some amazing sources of inspiration for ways your child can be creative. From making a lantern to Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, she does an amazing job of laying out art prompts for kids. 

16. Learn about holidays around the world 

Art and music are both important parts of a country’s culture, but so are their holidays. I have several posts about bucket list festivals and holidays around the world. 

There are articles on Diwali in India and Hogmanay in Scotland and even Caga Tio in Catalunya. You can find all of my holiday celebrations around the world posts here. This may even inspire future travel plans!

So there are plenty of ways you can travel around the world at home! Where will you begin?