How to have an overseas trip while stuck at home

Three children sit on sofa eating popcorn and watching a movie.

Tired of staring at the same four walls? Well, drop that glum expression and get ready to have a great time! We’re about to show you how to have a fabulous overseas trip from the comfort of your own couch. Plus, the best part is that it doesn’t have to cost a cent!

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to have a virtual overseas trip that won’t put a dent in your savings account.

Step 1: Pick a destination

Decide where you’re going to go. There are no budget restrictions with this trip, so choose anywhere on the map that you’ve always wanted to visit. 

Not sure where to e-visit? Think about what you want to do. Do you want to enjoy sunny weather? Visit lots of museums? Look at artwork? You could make a shortlist and ponder which one would be best for an online trip.

Step 2: Make an itinerary

Just like you would with a real life holiday, make an itinerary of all the places you want to visit. Pick a day (or two, could be a weekend!) for your trip and plan ahead. Remember the devil is in the details. To make sure your virtual holiday feels authentic, plan what you’re going to do and eat ahead of time.

Step 3: Start the day off right

To really get into the holiday mood, think about doing something out of the ordinary. This could be as simple as watching the sunrise from your garden, or balcony. You could even go for a stroll in your neighbourhood or a fun cycle ride.

For the full hotel-holiday-experience, think about whipping up a breakfast buffet! Lay out everything you would love to eat on a lazy holiday morning. This could be a selection of cereals, croissants, toast, you name it. It can be as fancy or as budget friendly as you like. 

Step 4: Go exploring

Wait what? You can actually virtually wonder through the streets of where you want to go? Yes the internet is truly a wonderful place. Head to YouTube and type in ‘walkthrough tour’ plus your destination. There are so many virtual walking and driving tours of different places all over the world. Plus, many of the videos are in 4K, so with a little imagination - you could really be in that place!

Alternatively, if you’d rather have a guided tour, look for a travel vlog. The internet is jam packed with people making videos about their everyday experiences. See if there is anything on where you want to go and really get the feel of the place.

Step 5: Choose an activity

Once you’ve taken in the scenery, decide on an activity. This could be anything from a virtual museum tour to an online concert, an indoor picnic or even a video stream of a play! The internet is your oyster.

From Paris to New York, you can view artwork from the safety of your sofa. Some museums with online tours include the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London and the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico. 

There are other virtual experiences such as boat rides, railway journeys and even paragliding! Slow TV became quite popular a few years ago, so you’ll find plenty of videos like these to entertain you on YouTube. You could even take in a show. Online you’ll find recordings of performances from Disney musicals to ballets. Some theatres are even doing live streaming events. This includes Shakespeare’s Globe in London, which will be streaming select sessions of its Summer 2021 season over the next few months. 

Step 6: Wrap things up nicely

Finally, wrap up your day with something super relaxing. This could be a candlelit dinner, or a fun movie session. You could even pick your favourite movie from your chosen destination and pair it with local cuisine! Don’t feel like cooking? A contactless food delivery might be something to consider.

Lastly, you’ll want to make sure your internet connection is up to scratch, before you embark on your virtual trip. A buffering video could really put a damper on your day! Head to Mozo’s compare home internet plans to see what broadband providers are out there. Or check out the NBN 100 deals below.

Happy e-holidaying!

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