Your weekly Adventure Agenda: Explore Thailand from home

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Fake it ‘til you make it there.

Homeboys and girls, Sawasdee! This week we’re cyber couch surfing all the way over to Southeast Asia and the heart-stopping smiles of Thailand. Explore with live beach streams, Pad Thai cook along with and beachside cocktail making classes. (There’s a quarantine joke in there somewhere, but someone got stuck into the cocktail lessons a bit too early and literally… lockdown rules/airport rules, right?).

No passport required, just passion. (And Wi-Fi). #PauseTheAdventure

Hit the beach

It’s said that if you clock watch, time goes slower. Hopefully, us stalking this live Koh Samui beach stream won’t affect how quickly we can travel again. So peaceful you can hear a coconut drop, experience Lamai Beach at its most beautiful and uncrowded. Occasionally, with dogs.

Mix your drinks

One in 11 jobs globally relies on tourism. TruTravels are helping to raise the bar and support their community with language lessons, yoga classes, and cookery classes from their teams on the ground. Or our personal favorite, this ‘it’s 5 pm somewhere’ beachside margarita class.

Check out this hotel porn

One of the world’s most unique places to stay, swap cabin fever for jungle fever with Contiki’s 360° video of this Floating Raft Hotel on the River Kwai. Part of their ‘Bringing the World to you’ series, it’s where lucky Contiki travelers get to stay on tours through Kanchanaburi.

Throw a Full Moon Party

Humans have worshipped the moon for millennia. We’re pretty sure the ancient Egyptians also covered themselves in neon paint and danced barefoot on the beach. On the next full moon (5th June) throw your own Koh Phangan party. (Aka, drink SangSom in your skimpies on a video call).

Learn to cook

Direct from the Land of Smiles, this tourist board Insta video series covers everything from socially-distant self Thai massage to how to cook the perfect Pad Thai. For an authentic tropical experience, eat it with the central heating on full and a cold Chang beer.

Get lost

A Thailand rabbit hole if ever there was one, get lost in the virtual adventures and online exhibits of Google Arts & Culture. Explore everything from aerial views of Chiang Mai’s tea plantations, to historical walkthroughs of Siam’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya.

Find your zen

One foot in the crazy and one in the calm, Thailand is a lesson in travel yin and yang. However, for every wild sunset beach party, there’s also a chilled sunrise Shavasana, so if you need to de-stress after all this, plan your next trip around some seriously zen places.

Read this

Hannah, our Brand Copywriter, was super excited about Thailand being on the agenda this week, as John Burdett’s darkly humorous Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo (part of the Royal Thai Detective Novels) are amongst her all-time favorite books.

Get off the track

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has launched 3D tours of historical and cultural sites from lesser-known areas and provinces across the country. Explore Thailand beyond the beaches and off the tourist trail with virtual tours of wats (temples), royal palaces, and museums

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How to stay healthy during a pandemic (and not lose your mind)

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We’ve all read those posts about how to stay healthy when traveling, or how best to avoid germs on planes. But in these confusing and uncertain times, we now need to know how best to stay healthy when not traveling for the foreseeable future. Excuse us while we cry into our travel books for a second…

Apart from the obvious tips of washing your hands before and after you touch anything or eat, practicing social distancing, and not licking people, it’s equally as important to stay healthy mentally and emotionally as we power our way through self-isolation.

So, here are our top five tips on how to stay healthy, mentally, physically, and emotionally during coronavirus.

1. Get outside and move your body

“Roc ya body, mic check, 1, 2….” Listen to M.V.P., they know what they’re talking about. We’re travelers. And we’re humans (shock!). We’re made to move. While we can’t dance the night away at a tango club in Argentina or play volleyball with our new best mates on the beach in Thailand right now, it’s still key to move our bodies.

Don’t worry, Instagram is heaving with home-based workouts from fit personal trainers who are there to help those of us who have spent too much time eating Pad Thai and drinking Chang beers for days on end.

And make sure to get fresh air when you can; it’s amazing what being outdoors can do for your mental health. Just make sure when you leave the house it’s for essential things like exercise and food shopping!

2. Keep your routine

This is probably one of the most important tips. It can be tempting to work from bed in your pajamas or veg out on the couch all day. It’s great the first few days but trusts us, it gets old quick.

Your routine might need adjusting, but it pays to have one. Get up at your normal time, shower, get dressed, and put makeup on if it makes you feel more put together. Some people even wear shoes around the house. We’re opting for flip flops or bare feet and a pile of sand to stand in just so we can feel like we’re on our fave beach. It’s good to dream, right?

3. Stay social

Given that most of us are stuck indoors either alone or with annoying housemates/partners/family (who we obviously still love so much!), it’s important to stay connected. FaceTime, Skype, or WhatsApp your family and friends and have lunchtime video calls with colleagues. Or do what we’re doing and organize fun Monday bingo games, partake in #WineWednesday or work together as a team for the Friday virtual pub quiz!

If you’re not usually much of a social butterfly, try something that requires less effort. Netflix Party lets you and your mates watch a movie and chat about it at the same time. Or ‘attend’ virtual live gigs and meditation sessions or even a pasta-making class from the hero that is Italian grandmother Nonna Nerina!

And if you’re in a new form of a long-distance relationship, set up FaceTime dinner dates. Order each other Uber Eats and wait to see what turns up, then eat together.

4. Check-in with your thoughts

Never has paid attention to our mental health been so important. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a skeptical newbie, taking some time to check-in with your thoughts can do wonders for your mood and your ability to deal with difficult situations.

Try meditation apps like Headspace or Calm and practice daily journaling to really connect with yourself. It will also help you practice gratitude, so you can remember all the things you have to be grateful for when it seems like the world just isn’t on your side.

It’s a great habit to have anyway, but especially in times like these.

5. Get creative

One of the benefits of being in lockdown is that it gives you time to get to all the things you’ve been putting off or try something new. It also gives you a chance to limit your screen and social media time. We know it’s hard to do in an age where the internet is life, but your future self will thank you for it.

Learn that language you’ve always wanted to be fluent in so you can put it into practice on your future travels. Or learn a new hobby, whether it’s drawing, singing, yoga, gardening, or sewing. Or sift through old travel photos and videos and reminisce. That’s how our Junior Copywriter Rae is coping with not being able to travel…

Give these tips a go while you’re waiting for the day when you can explore the world again.

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How to virtually celebrate Pride 2020 from home

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Due to the impact of COVID-19, many Pride events have been canceled or significantly altered for 2020. Naturally, we are devastated that our world is going to be a little less colorful this year and contain a little less Madonna. However, just because we can’t travel to Pride parades and celebrations, it doesn’t mean we can’t wave a flag for everything that Pride stands for – equality, diversity, and acceptance.

Pride means something different to everyone. It is a time when people, no matter where they fall on the gender and sexuality spectrum, come to celebrate our diversity and help to increase the visibility of individuals from all parts of the LGBTQIA+ community. It is also a time when we remember those that fought for, and continue to fight, for LGBTQIA+ rights, and push for social and political change.

Each year, Pride has continued to grow across the world. This year, it will be a different kind of celebration. However, if the LGBTQIA+ community has proven anything over the years, it is strength and resilience. And that nothing will stand in the way of a good party!

Live stream Global Pride 2020

Under a banner of ‘Exist Persist Resist’, Pride organizations from across the globe will celebrate Global Pride 2020 on the 27th of June. Live stream 24 hours of performances, speeches, and a whole heap of rainbow-loving content from all over the world.

New York: Attend Black Queer Town Hall

NYC Pride is putting on virtual events and performances all month, including this three-day virtual event with GLAAD on the 19-21st June to support and raise money for black, queer organizations, and LGBTQIA+ performers.

London: Celebrate Bi Pride

Forced to cancel their September Pride event, Bi Pride UK will be live-streaming a Bi-Fi Festival on the 20th of June instead. The event will include a heap of bi voices, discussions, and performances, plus a live DJ after-party. (Obvs).

Dublin: Log on to Digital Pride

If there’s a nation that knows how to celebrate, it’s the Irish. Dial-in for Digital Pride Dublin on the 18-28th June, plus events throughout the month including discussions on mental health, political debates, a cook-along online breakfast, and a pet parade!

Toronto: Support Stay Home Saturdays

Featuring an online Trans Rally, Dyke Rally, and Virtual Pride Parade, Pride Toronto’s online festival weekend kicks off from the 26-28th June. Plus, log on every Saturday in June for Stay Home Saturdays, which showcases and supports LGBTQIA+ talent.

Berlin: Save the date for CSD

On the 25th of July, the 42nd Christopher Street Day Berlin Pride is going digital. Under the slogan of ‘Don’t hide your pride’, expect a live stream of DJs, performers, and political statements, Berlin-style. (aka, don’t hold back on the PVC…).

Support your local drag artist

Without being able to support themselves through their typical means during their biggest income month (June), drag and LGBTQIA+ artists need your love more than ever. Support your local performers through their online shows, follow their social media activity, or purchase a personalized video via Cameo.

Throw a living room party

Pride just wouldn’t be the same without a screaming version of ‘It’s Raining Men’, a bucket load of glitter, and some baby oil. Put on this Spotify Pride Classics playlist and a full face of makeup, jump on a video call and have a living room blow out.

Contact your local government

Write to your local government representative and let them know that LGBTQIA+ issues matter to you. Every day people are discriminated against and unjustly treated, and taking a personal stand goes a long way to making a collective difference.

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Your weekly Adventure Agenda: Explore Peru from home

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As lockdown begins to ease for many of us and we start to think about getting back on the road in 2021, we’re taking you on an armchair adventure with a virtual tour of Peru!

Try before you buy with virtual trips to Machu Picchu, Lima street art tours, and 360° museum visits. Plus, because we like to stir things up a bit, a Pisco Sour cocktail making class.

Climb Machu Picchu

Fake it ‘til you make it. All the views without any of the thigh burn or four-day sock stench, explore the ancient city of Machu Picchu with this interactive tour. (We’re joking about the Inca Trail, it’s epic. Make sure you plan ahead and add the real thing to your 2021 escape plan).

Go beyond the icons

When asked about Peru, many people jump straight to Machu Picchu (not literally, it’s quite a long hike). But what about the Amazon Jungle? Or this desert oasis near Ica? Plan your perfect Peru itinerary with this rundown of things to do in Peru that AREN’T Machu Picchu.

Read or watch this

No trip to Latin America (real or virtual) would be complete without reading or watching The Motorcycle Diaries. Documenting Che Guevara’s journey across the continent, it’s his trip through Peru and to Machu Picchu that is a turning point in his path to revolution.

… while drinking this

As you’d expect from a cocktail containing a fermented grape brandy liquor and an egg white, the origins of Peru’s national cocktail are a bit foggy. However, the taste is amazing. Mix things up with this quick Pisco Sour cocktail class from our friends over at Contiki.

Do a street art tour

The walls of most South American cities are famous for their color, artistry, and storytelling. Lima is no exception. The first Latin American Street Art Festival was held in Lima in 2012 and turned the streets of Miraflores into a canvas for 30 artists from across the continent.

Have a night in

… at the museum. Peru has a fascinating mix of culture, with customs and traditions inherited from their Inca heritage, mixed with Spanish, African, and Chinese influences and settlers. Courtesy of Peru’s Ministry of Culture, you can now take 360° trips around 20 major museums.

Watch this video

Bring on the panpipes! Part of National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase, this six-minute film takes you from the heights of the Andes down to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Plus, there’s an awesome alpaca floppy-fringe-in-a-wind-machine moment at 2:47 mins.

Ready for the real thing? Visit our Peru destination guide or call for a chat. We’re WFH and are on call for 2021 trip planning and cyber hugs.

If you’re thinking of traveling in 2020 or 2021, make sure you check out our advice about traveling around COVID-19

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