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Virtual Getaways

by Mary Larkin |

Social isolation has a lot of us feeling a bit of cabin fever and those socially distanced walks and zoom meet-ups are just not cutting it anymore. Though travel is currently restricted in many parts of the country, you might be able to plan a virtual getaway that is just as glamorous and adventurous as the real thing.

AIRBNB

Whether it’s learning how to make the perfect Portuguese sangria with drag queens, meditating with buddhist monks from Japan, or trying a Bhangra workout from the comfort of your own living room, Airbnb has a variety of affordable virtual vacations that will take your mind off your cooped-up kids, endless work emails, and everything else that might be causing you stress.

PRACTICAL WANDERLUST

If sangrias and meditation are not your thing, but a calm walk on the beach is calling your name and right up your alley...we've got something for you! Practical Wanderlust offers video and audio simulations of relaxing beach scenery. In addition to your virtual walk on the beach, Practical Wanderlust also has a suggestion guide on their website to enhance your virtual experience. Packing a lunch to enjoy after your lovely walk along the ocean shore, making yourself a homemade mai tai, or listening to a playlist of traditional Balinese Gamelan might be just what you need to immerse yourself in the ultimate beach vacation.

THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS  

Lastly, if you are looking for a getaway that is more on the intellectual side, getting dressed up for a night at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is now within your reach. On your tour you will be able to explore the relics of early human civilization, priceless gems, and the tombs of mummies from ancient Egypt. After perusing the museum you can enjoy the sights of gorgeous flowers in the United States Botanical Gardens. With the help of Google Street View, the U.S. Botanical Gardens has made tours available with a few clicks and keystrokes for all of us at home.

Regardless of which virtual vacation you choose to embark on, do it (in)style. (IN)LARKIN has a collection of athglamour™ wear that will keep you stylish and comfy whether you are virtually walking on a beach in Bali or on a Zoom meeting with your boss. To find out more, join our salon at inlarkin.com.