How to survive the lockdown: VR for the stuck-at-home traveler

Hi guys! How is everyone doing? A lot of us travelers are still stuck at home, still not able to travel. As for myself, our current lockdown continues until at least January 19. All stores are closed, as well as the schools and borders. We can travel in our own country, though maybe it’s not the best idea given the current covid numbers. Also, it’s not a lot of fun if you can’t have dinner somewhere, can’t shop or go to the bathroom anywhere. Daytrips are just no fun right now.

So, time to find other ways to satisfy our wanderlust. I don’t know about you, but my craving to see other worlds is just as strong, maybe even stronger, now that it becomes impossible to do so. Luckily, there are other ways to transport us to new places. In this category, the stuck-at-home traveler, I have shared my tips for books, movies, games, online museums and podcasts. Today I want to add to that category by a post about VR.

Two weeks ago we celebrated Christmas (can you believe it’s already been two weeks?). I was lucky enough to be able to visit my family, though on separate visits, because we’re not allowed to have more than two people over at a time. For my extended family, however, we decided to do things differently. We celebrated Christmas via Zoom, which was actually a lot of fun. We had sent each other boxes with gifts beforehand, and on the day we put the laptop in the kitchen and then all of us cooked the same meal, whilst chatting away. It was so much fun and actually, the first time the entire family was together. For even the uncle from Florida could stream in.

Anyways, between courses, we unwrapped the gifts that we had sent each other. My mother-in-law had sent us a gigantic box filled with presents, and one of those was a present for me (well actually, a lot of them were for me, but I want to focus on one in particular) with a card attached to it. The card told me she knew how difficult the last year had been, and she understood my need for travel. She hoped that the gift she got me would help.

Inside were VR glasses. The card told me to look up “360 video” on youtube, click one of the hits, slide my phone into the glasses and put them on. And then, immediately, I was there. The first video I watched was of the Maldives and suddenly, I was in the Maldives. I sat on the beach, and I could see and hear the waves, I was on a boat and then I was in the water. It was absolutely amazing. I turned it off, because I had to (we were still celebrating Christmas) but after all presents had been unwrapped, all the food eaten, and we had said goodbye, I got myself some playtime.

And it was amazing. I swam with dolphins, I took a balloon ride, then a journey to the edge of space. I’ve seen waterfalls and rode in amusement park rides. I saw the great barrier reef, sat inside a Panda enclosure (okay I did this a couple of times, actually), visited a cat cafĂ©, saw the Northern Lights, took a stroll through Petra and went skydiving. It was absolutely wonderful and it felt as if I was really there.

There are many, many, many more videos to watch and I would love to view all of them. It really is a beautiful way to explore, within the comfort of your own home (though I did bump into tables a couple of times).

A little sidenote, there are VR glasses that cost 600 euros, that are used for gaming most of the time. You don’t need those. They are super awesome if you’re a gamer, but if you wanna watch 3d videos like you’re actually in them, you can get with by a model like mine, which uses your phone and doesn’t have an onboard computer. The effect is still amazing and breathtaking đŸ™‚

How to survive the lockdown: 3 podcasts you should listen to

Hi guys! How are you doing? It’s been a while since I posted – for obvious reasons. We’re in a lockdown again, the numbers are higher than ever and it seems like this is gonna take a while. So I’m doing the smart thing and I’m staying inside. I am looking at doing a detox yoga retreat in january, but more on that later – when I actually decide if I want to go or not.

Today I will focus again on the stuck-at-home traveler. I’m pretty sure all of you are in the same metaphorical boat as I am, wanting to travel but not being able to. Earlier, in the first months of the corona crisis, I shared my ideas for books, movies and series and other tips for fellow wanderlusters. Today I want to focus on podcasts.

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Wanderlust Wonderland Favourites: RarĂ¡muri Sandals

Happy Weekend! Today I wanted to do another Wanderlust Wonderland Favourites in which I’ll talk to you about products, hotels, apps or other things that I like and want to share with you. These might be ads, but they will always be relevant for the readers of this blog and sometimes they will even include a discount code. These won’t be weekly posts, just now and then whenever I find something I’m excited about.

Today’s post is not an advertisement, it’s just something I am really excited about, namely: RarĂ¡muri Sandals. You might be thinking, how are shoes relevant for traveling? I’ll tell you. When packing for a trip, I always bring one pair of sturdy shoes on which I can walk for quite some time, but I always want to pack something light and easy for evenings, short walks or afternoons spent in a park. I like to match my shoes with my outfits but that’s usually not really an option since I only have limited space in my suitcase, and I don’t want to fill it up with shoes. The awesome thing with these sandals, is that you only have to bring one pair of sandals and then a bunch of ribbons, so you can easily match your shoes with your clothing without having to fill up your suitcase.

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Wanderlust Wonderland favourites: Hotel Croce di Malta

Happy Weekend! Today I wanted to introduce a new category, namely: Wanderlust Wonderland Favourites in which I’ll talk to you about products, hotels, apps or other things that I like and want to share with you. These might be ads, but they will always be relevant for the readers of this blog and sometimes they will even include a discount code. These won’t be weekly posts, just now and then whenever I find something I’m excited about.

Today’s favourite will shine a spotlight on our hotel in Florence. This is not an advertisement, I payed for the room, but, as I was super excited about the ambiance, the location and the rooftop bar, I wanted to share my experiences with you in this new category.

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