There is something about summer that particularly inspires us to go out and see some world, but it’s not always possible, and even if it is, it’s not always as much and as far as you’d like. That doesn’t mean you have to have a boring season trapped in your homeland’s bubble. There are plenty of fun ways to experience a culture outside of your own, and maybe even feel a little bit like you’re actually traveling when you’re not. Think of it like a staycation, but without having to use your vacation days!
1. Cook your way around the world:
Pick 12 or so countries that, in a perfect world, you would be visiting this summer, and dedicate one week to the cuisine of each. Whether that means taking a cooking class, diving deep into some new cookbooks, or just browsing online recipes and YouTube tutorials, if you can find the right ingredients (or a close enough substitute) then you can spend your summer tasting your dream destination, if not traveling it.
2. Visit local tourist attractions and events:
Don’t forget about all the great things to do and see in your own backyard. Maybe you’ve done the tourist attractions close by, maybe you haven’t, or maybe it’s been a while. Either way, remember that there is a reason other travelers come to visit your area, so gather your friends and instead of your usual neighborhood hang out go see what the local tourism has to offer.
3. Study a new language:
Take a class, join a language exchange, or even just use one of those little apps or listen to some foreign tunes. If you really commit you can learn something new, and maybe prepare yourself for future trips to come.
4. Partake in Foreign Film Friday:
Treat yourself to your own personal “Foreign Film Friday” and watch a movie from a different country every week. Go to original language cinemas (if they have subtitles) or give Netflix a try, there are a lot of options if you take the time to go for something new.
5. Host a multicultural party
This means, in my opinion, have food from one country, maybe music or a film from another, decorations from another and then party games from yet another. It’ll be like an around-the-world ticket in your mom’s basement and totally almost as good… and by that I mean better than nothing at all.