Couch Travel

Couch Travel

What happened

On March 11, WHO declared a coronavirus pandemic. Countries closed their borders and the whole world went into quarantine. This means that real travel, which we love so much, is a thing of the past. 

Okay, what should we do? 

First, stop panicking and relax. 

Secondly, observe the isolation regime. The whole world is in the same boat. And the more conscious we are, the faster we will cope with the epidemic. 

Thirdly, travel. Without getting up from the couch.. 

Read our selection of how to see the world without leaving home.

Watching cool travel documentaries about places we are unlikely to find ourselves in in the near future

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Photo: still from the movie “Our Planet”, Netflix, 2019

“Sea Tramps: Journey to the End of the World”

A crazy documentary story about a team of amateur yachtsmen who set off on an adventure from New Zealand to Patagonia.

“Wild Magic of Colombia” 

Beautiful documentary about the wildlife of Colombia. The Amazon jungle, exotic animals, snow-capped volcanoes, Indian tribes, the five-colored Caño Cristales river – it’s hard to tear yourself away from this work of art. 

“Everest. Achieving the impossible”

A dramatic story about how New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climbed the world’s highest peak in 1953. 

“Our Planet”

The Netflix mini-series was filmed in 50 countries. The film crew spent 4 years showing the unique beauty of the planet and the impact of climate change on it. 

“Burning man” 

A heartwarming report from Anton Ptushkin from the Nevada desert about the craziest festival in the world.

Looking at your favorite places through webcams

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  • The empty canals of Venice
  • The inexhaustible energy of Niagara Falls
  • The creation of the architect Gustave Eiffel and the symbol of America – the Statue of Liberty
  • Map of places where you can see the Northern Lights
  • Wall Crying in Jerusalem
  • Koalas, polar bears, penguins and pandas from the San Diego Zoo 

And the EarthCam website contains webcams from all over the world.

Listening to opera and watching ballet online 

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Photo: Igor Bulgarin/

Vienna Opera. Free daily online screenings of past performances. The upcoming program includes “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Marriage of Figaro” and others. Schedule of performances until April 30 on the opera website.

Metropolitan Opera, New York. Free daily streams of Live in HD performances. Broadcasts begin at 7:30 pm ET and are available for 11 hours. Among the upcoming performances are “Count Ory”, “Madama Butterfly”, “Der Rosenkavalier”. Show schedule until April 26 on the opera website.

Berlin Philharmonic. Free access to all archived concerts for 30 days using promo code BERLINPHIL.

Royal Opera House, London. Free opera and ballet will be broadcast every Friday on the YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The Bolshoi Theater also began online broadcasts of performances from the “golden collection” on its YouTube channel. “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Boris Godunov” and “The Nutcracker” have already been shown. Next up: “Hero of Our Time”, “Katerina Izmailova”, “Don Quixote” and “Sadko”. The schedule is available in the theater’s official Instagram group.

Traveling through the pages of a book

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Photo: still from the film “Around the World in Eighty Days”, 2004

Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”. Autobiographical drama about wanderings around the USA and  Mexico two friends. Their everyday life is filled with alcohol, drugs, sex and kitchen philosophy. And the road became life, in which there are many beautiful places and amazing stories of people.

Robin Davidson, “The Journey Never Ends”. At 26, Robin crossed the deserts of Central Australia in 9 months with four camels and a dog. The heroine walked 2,700 km, studying the life of the Aborigines, enjoying the beauty of the dangerous Australian continent.

Ilf and Petrov, “One-story America”. Travel essay written by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov in 1935-1936, during their trip to America. The book does not describe attractions, routes or beautiful places. Instead – a bright, humorous introduction to the American people, their way of life, culture and thinking.

Jules Verne, “Around the World in Eighty Days”. It is impossible to imagine childhood without Verne’s adventure novels. It is especially pleasant to re-read the story of Phileas Fogg  and his servants Passepartout, who, on a bet, circumnavigate the earth in eighty days. Fogg and Passepartout’s dangerous journey begins in England and passes through France, Italy, Egypt, India, Japan and the USA.

Ernesto Che Guevara, “The Diary of a Motorcyclist. Notes on a trip to Latin America”. A book of memoirs by a future revolutionary about traveling around Latin America on a motorcycle that is dying out. In seven months, Ernesto Che Guevara and a friend traveled around Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. Poor romantics spent the night in the forest, worked as loaders, washed dishes and treated peasants. 

We go to unusual museums with Google Arts & Culture

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Photo: Anton_Ivanov/

Traditional Peruvian costumes of the inhabitants of Cusco in a series of portraits by Mario Testino. This is Peruvian “high fashion”.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – the mother of American modernism. One of the few artists of the 20th century who gained fame during her lifetime. A unique opportunity to examine in detail the paintings, the cost of which reaches $44 million.

The branch of the Solomon Guggenheim Museum made a “star” out of provincial Bilbao. The avant-garde building with its complex architecture is visited by millions of people every year. But while the museum is in quarantine, we admire contemporary art online.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will delight you with masterpieces of 20th century painting in detail: “Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh, “Hope II” by Gustav Klimt, paintings by Paul Cézanne.

Online exhibition of Katsushika Hokusai, a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, illustrator and printmaker. You’ve probably seen the famous “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” or its copies in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, and in Claude Monet’s house in Giverny in France. According to one legend, Vincent van Gogh wrote “Starry Night”, inspired by this work.

Text: Maria Dubkova

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