Some days, you can wake up, trundle into a Land Rover, and bounce over the savannah, on the hunt for leopards, elephants, giraffes, hyenas, and more on safari. (There are usually gin and tonics at the end.) Other days, you wake up, roll over, and travel without leaving home by watching it unfold on your laptop, narrated in Sir David Attenborough‘s dulcet tones. (There may also be gin and tonics at the end.) It may not be the same kind of travel—but reading, watching movies and TV, virtually exploring the world’s museums, and even simply dreaming of your next trip can transport you almost as far, or at least inspire you to start actually planning a trip.
Whether you have a few minutes to scroll through some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, the energy to cook a meal that reminds you of your last vacation, or stretches of time to delve into real (and fantastical) book lands, we have suggestions on how you can make the most of it and travel without leaving home. Here, our surefire guide to armchair travel, featuring books, movies, stories, photo essays, and more to fill your days.
I have 20 minutes and want to go far, far away.
I have an hour, and I’m hungry.
I have two hours and want to travel through space and time.
I have a day or two to get lost.
I have an intense desire to redecorate.
I have all the time in the world to plan my next vacation.