Many students were forced to give up their study abroad experiences amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be hard to have to stay home when you were previously dreaming of eating pasta in Italy or exploring museums in London. Although you may not be able to travel at the moment, there are a few things you can do to bring the study abroad experience to you.
Take a Cooking Class
One of the best ways to explore a new culture is through food. This past year many more cooking experiences have become available from chefs all over the world. If you have been dreaming of the perfect ravioli, there is no need to wait to fly across the world. Airbnb is currently offering international cooking classes, as well as websites like Cozymeal.
Tour a Museum Virtually
Many museums are currently offering virtual tours that allow you to still experience culture and art from the comfort of your own room. Check out the Mona Lisa at The Louvre in Paris or the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum.
Explore Markets Online
What is a trip abroad without some souvenirs? Many famous markets such as the Old Spitalfields and Portabello Market in London have gone virtual.
Find a Pen Pal
Make an international friend by finding your own pen pal! Use a website like PenPal World, to connect with someone new. This can also be a great opportunity to practice a new language.
Get Lost in a Good Book or Movie
A book or movie can easily transport you to a different place. Explore media that can teach you more about a new culture and provide an escape from your routine. Opt for a foreign film and watch it with subtitles!
Although it can be disappointing when you have to cancel an experience that you have been looking forward to, it can be helpful to look to the future and hold out hope for future trips and new adventures. Check out more of our articles for tips on study abroad and navigating college life during COVID-19.