Right now you might not be in a position to get out and travel the world due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, so why not bring the world to you?
It’s our job to inspire you to get out and explore that glorious globe we live on but, obviously, travel isn’t always feasible. So, what do you do when travel eludes you? You make do, and bring that holiday feeling to you, that’s what.
If you’re staying put for the next little while, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up some of the finest travel-themed boredom busters to inspire wanderlust, and get you through until you’re out exploring again.
Journey of Something Amalfi Neopolitan Puzzle
Puzzles have long made their way into hearts and homes around the world over generations and have recently enjoyed a social resurgence over the last few years. They are simple; they are satisfied with every piece of the puzzle placed can have you feeling the need to fist pump in the air in glee. If your coffee table isn’t surrounded by indoor plants and covered with an incomplete puzzle, are you even living in 2020?
It’s not hard to hunt down a fractured image of the Eiffel Tower or Venice’s canals to have a crack at reassembling. Travel-themed puzzles are some of the most common on the market. But, this artisanal puzzle by Australian company, Journey of Something, is a step above the rest. Each puzzle comes in a bespoke box and drawstring bag, this boredom buster has us dreaming up our next vacation on Italy’s gorgeous Amalfi Coast.
1000 Piece Puzzle – Amalfi Neapolitan available from Journey of Something $58.00
Lonely Planet – The Travel Book
Make the most of your time at home by making a list of all the places you would rather be…
Arm yourself with a copy of Lonely Planet’s ‘The Travel Book’, a pen, and a notebook, and flick through every country in the world for inspiration on where to book your next airfare. There’s absolutely no shortage of inspiration in this 448-page hardback book. Each country gets a dedicated double-page spread, as well as a ‘fun facts’ section, a few lines on the main attractions, and – of course – plenty of beautifully captured pictures. We can guarantee you’ll fall in love with some far-flung places that you never even knew existed.
Lonely Planet’s ‘The Travel Book’ available from Lonely Planet $80.00
Ticket To Ride
You can embark on a cross-country train ride without ever having to leave the comfort of your living room. OK, so playing a game of Ticket To Ride isn’t quite as grand as hopping on the Rocky Mountaineer, or anywhere remotely similar to taking a tube ride through to your favourite spot in London. Still, it’s a game that will keep you entertained while travel is off the cards.
The premise of the game is that players collect train cards which then enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. It sounds simple, but it’s guaranteed hours of fun.
Ticket To Ride available from Gameology $54.55
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
It sounds impossible, but it’s not; with a little bit of imagination, and a whole lot of fabulous CGI work, you can travel to ancient Greece without ever having to leave your couch. That’s right; you can be running around the streets of ancient Greece, sailing across the Aegean Sea, and fighting epic battles, with the help of a bit of gameplay on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (available on both PS4 and Xbox One). While the game might not take you to the scene of your next holiday, it transports you to a place with far prettier scenery beyond any living room!
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey available from JB Hifi $39.00
Paint By Numbers
So you mightn’t be a Picasso, but you don’t have to be to enjoy some time putting paintbrush to canvas. Take yourself back to your primary school days – and potentially to somewhere far-flung at the same time – with an adult paint by numbers set. Painting a beautiful scene from one of your favourite places around the world can be as easy as one, two, three.
Paint By Numbers available at Amazon from $22.99
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