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How to Experience the World from Home

by Mary Hahn

Though you may be spending time at home to keep yourself and your family safe, this doesn’t mean you can limit your personal growth. Someone who used to travel and loved experiencing new things might be itching to go out already. Even if you’re not that adventurous, you probably want something new in your surroundings because you’ve been staring at the same four walls for months.

There are several ways to experience the world from home. Here are some of them:

Learn about new cultures

Netflix, fortunately, did not raise their subscription prices during the pandemic. If you were already subscribed to them pre-COVID, you’re not adding a new expense by watching all of the content your heart desires. What’s great about Netflix is they are adding more and more content from different parts of the world, so you will have something new to learn from and look forward to. From Asian dramas to animated content, from African movies to Western soaps–Netflix has them all.

Youtube is another place where you can learn about new cultures, particularly when it comes to food. There are endless channels talking about dishes from a particular continent. All you have to do is add new ingredients to your grocery list and try recreating the dishes at home. Not a fan of cooking but love beauty? Skincare also differs in various cultures. Try that Korean face mask and then use a hair mask popular in the Amazons. There are so many ways to pamper yourself in the new normal.

Talk to diverse people

The world may have physical barriers in place as we are advised to stay at home, but the internet breaks down social barriers online. This means you can be talking to anyone from anywhere around the world, and through this, you can learn about their culture. It will be just like you’re traveling to different destinations every day. Talk to someone you have a similar interest with, whether it’s music, food, or your favorite shows. There are forums for pretty much any kind of hobby or interest you might have.

It does take a bit of effort to put yourself out there, but the beauty of being online is you can only share what you are comfortable with, to the people you are comfortable with.

Reconnect with friends

Don’t want to reach out to strangers? No problem. Each person you have already met at one point in your life could also teach you about new places and new things. That estranged friend from high school, or that cousin you haven’t talked to in months, could be doing something interesting that you will want to learn from. In the same way, they could learn something from you. You can take it at a pace you’re comfortable with to rebuild your relationship with them until conversation becomes smooth and effortless.

You may be at home, but that doesn’t mean you can no longer learn new things. With the presence of the internet, there are endless ways for you to educate yourself and have fun, even virtually.