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Offbeat Four ways to have a holiday without leaving home

17:03  26 march  2020
17:03  26 march  2020 Source:   cnbc.com

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Four ways to have a holiday without leaving home . Published Thu, Mar 26 20202:46 AM EDT. Christian Barker, contributor. When you're prevented from traveling, there are a few better ways of transporting your mind to exotic destinations than through the pages of a book.

It is now 16 years since it aired, but this four -part BBC love letter to Venice - presented by the Italian architect Francesco da Mosto - is as detailed and lingering a look at the city as you could hope to squeeze into 240 minutes. Venetian-born (in 1961), da Mosto both knows and loves his subject

a bed with a wooden fence: While physical travel isn't advised, mental travel is highly recommended. © Provided by CNBC While physical travel isn't advised, mental travel is highly recommended. With only the most essential trips now taking place, and many people confined to our homes, the coronovirus has proven far more powerful than the travel bug.

You needn't feel trapped though.

Despite the global no-fly zone and instructions to stay home, there are plenty of ways to mentally escape while staying responsible and remaining right where you are.

The best books to satisfy your wanderlust

In the much-quoted words of Saint Augustine, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

When you're prevented from traveling, there are a few better ways of transporting your mind to exotic destinations than through the pages of a book. And fortunately, almost every title ever published is now available through the click of your phone.

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The New Year holiday celebration is the most special time of the year and is like Christmas and New Year's Eve combined into one big party. The Russian Winter festival features performances of traditional Russian song and dance, games, crafts and ice sculptures.

Well, you don’t have to leave your home to do just that! Create a killer profile, set it so you have an available couch and make sure you vet the couchsurfers thoroughly before accepting them into your lair. In no time you’ll be making new friends and the best kind of them: traveler friends.

Tales focused on travel or set in far-flung locales come in all shapes and sizes. There's book club fare: "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert or Frances Mayes' "Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy," for example.

To alleviate the current gloom, you can laugh along with the humorous observations of Bill Bryson, or get out of your head altogether with Bill Burroughs in an intense trip to Mexico and Tangier in "Naked Lunch."

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Explore classics of a bygone time with E.M. Forster's "A Passage to India" or the Italy and England-laden "A Room with A View," or dig into the epic collections of adventurer Sir Richard Francis Burton. At 15,000-plus pages for just $2.99 on Kindle, his work is an outstanding value at 50 pages per penny.

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In years past, the best way to launch a book was to go on a multiple city tour attending events in person, on location to offer book readings and to Nevertheless, the concept of the book tour can still be applied from home , especially in today’s digital landscape. We can apply the principles that made

When your question is about staying inside a house without leaving , I wish to strike an analogy with me choosing to staying under the same roof with a With this as the backdrop, I would like to mention that I have a teenage son who is the most important person in this equation (more important than the

A fellow go-it-alone type, Burton would've gotten along splendidly with Paul Theroux, one of the finest travel writers at work today. Theroux's 1975 travelogue "The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia" details a solo return journey from London through Europe and the Middle East, across India and Southeast Asia, then back through the former U.S.S.R. At the age of 65, Theroux gamely retraced the journey, recounting the trip in 2008's "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star."

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Though he prefers to travel on his own, for the past three decades Theroux has partnered on numerous occasions with top photographer Steve McCurry, who snapped the famous "Afghan Girl" portrait. The duo's latest collaborations — "Deep South" (2015) and "On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey" (2019) — use McCurry's photos to illustrate Theroux's travels and conversations in the American South and beyond the Mexican border.

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Films to whisk you away to faraway lands

Should you prefer movies to the written word, cinema provides ample opportunities to escape the confines of your house and home city.

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Fancy a virtual trip to the currently shuttered country of India? Go there with "The Darjeeling Limited." A visit to Tokyo and Kyoto is inadvisable for now, but can be safely conducted via "Lost in Translation." Borders are tight stateside, though you can road trip across America with "National Lampoon's Vacation" or get your motor running with "Easy Rider."

You can't go to Phuket or Krabi in Thailand, but you can watch "The Beach" or the James Bond classic "The Man with the Golden Gun" (which comes with a "bonus stay" at The Peninsula Hong Kong).

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Getting into Africa is iffy, though an evening with "Out of Africa" is no problem. "The Talented Mr. Ripley" puts Italy in your palm, while "Amélie" presents Paris at its most magical. As for London, would it be wrong given current circumstances to suggest "28 Days Later?" For something lighter, go with "Bridget Jones's Diary."

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“One way to find time for friends without feeling like you’re sacrificing your family time is to take an hour or two off in a day to meet a friend for lunch Saunders observes remote work “is not technically a ‘micro-vacation’, but it can often feel like one”, while those who have a long commute may be able

For those wanting to expand their palate while immersing themselves in exotic cultures, you don’t have to leave home to be a more worldly global citizen. In fact, I think it’s the closest you can get to a culture without actually going there. You can literally enjoy the flavors of their country wherever you

Take your taste buds on a trip

Film and literature are far from the only avenues for imaginative traveling. Look up interesting recipes from different countries and cook a trip-around-the-world meal — a Thai appetizer, a Peruvian main course and a dessert from Spain, let's say.

a hand holding a glass of wine: Order a mix of bottles from around the world and design your own international wine tasting at home. © Provided by CNBC Order a mix of bottles from around the world and design your own international wine tasting at home.

Order in a dozen bottles of vino from both old and new worlds and do a self-guided wine flight of fancy (or maybe just a half dozen if you're isolated on your own).

Facetime with family and friends

You probably aren't talking as much as you're used to. Call friends and family overseas (or even just across town) to inquire about them and what life is like where they are.

It's never been cheaper or easier to chat with loved ones across the world, and chances are they're feeling lonely too. Miraculously, today we can video call anywhere on earth 100% free of charge. Yet too often, we fall back on texts or social media messaging.

Let's take this chance to change that. If social distancing means we can't travel and embrace loved ones in person, the solution might just be to embrace technology-driven traveling instead.

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