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The age of armchair travel - part 3

Keep your wanderlust fed and your travel dreams alive

Angus Fontaine, Travel Writer with Escape.com.au has put together some thoughts about making the most of any enforced time off the road.


Now is the time to plan. So here’s a list of armchair adventures that will keep your wanderlust fed and your travel dreams alive.


5. READ BEFORE YOU ROAM


Deep-dive into old and new books where your dream destination sets the scene.

Every traveller follows in the footfalls of pioneers, adventurers and early explorers.

In a world before Instagram these intrepid souls recorded their journeys in “journals” later published as books and maps. The internet has its merits but there’s nothing like a primary source to awaken the spirit of discovery and get the mind primed for being there.

Start broad (The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux, The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton) before deep-diving into old and new books where your dream destination sets the scene.

Richard Fidler’s Ghost Empire or Orhan Pamuk’s Strangeness in my mind give great backgrounds to the Ottoman Empire and early Istanbul respectively.

6. GET TRAVEL FIT


Do some bushwalking to ready your calves for your next adventure.

There’s a fair bit of footslogging when it comes to globetrotting so forget the gym and get ready for your great escape with time in the great outdoors.

Do some bushwalking to ready your calves for off-terrain, stretch into an online yoga retreat with the soothing Texas twang of Adriene Mishler or chill with the ABC meditation-classical music mash Classic Flow.

Need destination inspiration? Take a virtual tour around the world with Airpano.


More to come.....

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