An at-home travel guide for the family, to stimulate all the senses

Apr 28, 2020

I wrote this post to ease the wait while we are all under lockdown, an at-home travel guide for the family. You can use it as a guide for an inner journey, a journey full of uncertainties, fears and worries to be faced with ourselves (and the family!) for so long. I suggest you turn on these sounds of the Amazon forest while you read it *_*

an at-home travel guide during lockdown, when we are faced with ourselves

MAKE

64 artists from around the world (including Lisa Congdon and Famille Summerbelle, whose work I love) have contributed to a colouring book around the theme of HOPE. Donate what you can starting at €10. All proceeds go to the World Health Organization Coronavirus Response Fund. The PDF Printable is available to buy on The House That Lars Built.

Also, this easy tutorial to design Mexican hearts with the dropbox instructions here will transport you to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s times.

LISTEN

Have you seen this big list of podcasts for little kids from the NYT? And these audiobooks are all about Africa. They are available for free download at the moment on Audible: Stories from Africa | Monkey Madness | The White Giraffe | Good Morning Gorillas | My life with Chimpanzees | Meet a baby elephant | Animal Stories | Bug and Insect Jokes  | Riley Mae and the Sole Fire safari | Counting Safari Adventure | Trivia for Smart Kids.

An at home travel guide

DANCE

Get your groove back with these 20 uplifting songs from around the world.

WATCH

We love these family movies with stories set around the world:

– A bigger world (set in Mongolia) – 10+ a French movie shown at the last Venice biennale
The story of the Weeping Camel (Mongolia) – PG
– Cinema paradiso (Italy) – a heartwarming story, 13+
– Il Postino  (Italy) – stunningly shot in the Aeolian islands,  14+
– Children of heaven (Iran) – an Academy award nominee back in 1999
– Queen of Katwe (Uganda) – one of my daughter Amalya’s favorite 10+
Whale Rider (NZ / Maori culture) – 10+
– Poorna  (Himalayas) – 10+ – youngest ever girl to climb Mount Everest
– Forrest Gump (around the US) – a classic which we revisited recently, 14+
The last emperor (China) – A Bertolucci classic, 13+ but 3h long!
Moulin Rouge Musical (France) – I still haven’t seen it! 13+
– 400 Blows (France) – we just watched it again, a masterpiece, 10+
Cleopatra (Egypt) – but it’s almost 4h long?!
Monkey Kingdom (Sri Lanka) – a Disney documentary
– The Climb (Nepal): A heart-warming French movie for the whole family
– 7 years in Tibet (Tibet) – 8+ and Brad Pitt super young as bonus!
– Out of Africa (Kenya) – as beautiful as always
Greystoke Tarzan (Africa) – haven’t seen it in  along time put putting it here
– Crocodile Dundee (Australia) – 13+ funny but very 1980’s unPC
– Totoro (Japan) and any Miyazaki, really – PG timeless Japanese animated movie

Also, take the family on a real-time safari with these live African game drive and also these twice daily, three-hour long live game drives.

An at home travel guide

READ

You might find inspiration in 30 Good Books for Kids with Wanderlust, which I wrote last year. The following are worth adding. I am not adding any url as I am hoping that your local bookshop will still be able to take orders over the phone or by email in these difficult times, so you can support them.

  • Migration by Mike Unwin & Jenni Desmond (animal migrations around the world) (8 yo)
  • Tiger Wars by Steve Backshall (Tibet, India and the Himalayas) (10 yo)
  •  Blown Away by Rob Biddulph (5 yo)
  • The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders (8 yo)
  • Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
  • The Cat Who Wanted To Go Home by Jill Tomlinson (8 yo)
  • The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (4 yo)
  • The Mummy’s Gold by Kristina Stephenson (7 yo)

EAT

Bookmark this if, like me, you’ve been wondering where to start your new bread making journey . I am still looking for a baguette-at-home tutorial:)

And nurture yourself with this Immune Booster smoothie recipe taken from the menu of the Six Senses hotels:
200g (2 cups) spinach, 120g (1 whole) banana, 245g (1 cup) frozen pineapple, 1 knob fresh ginger, peeled (about 2 inches ginger), 1 knob turmeric root (about 2 inches turmeric), scrubbed well – substitute ½ tsp powder if root not available , 1/8 teaspoon black peppercorn (a pinch), 150ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened plant milk (e.g., coconut, pumpkin seed). Optional super boosters: 1 tsp of any of ashwaganda powder or astragalus powder, or moringa powder. And ½ Tbsp of raw honey for sweetness if needed. All ingredients in a blender, served chilled. Et voilà.

An at-home travel guide for the family

THINK

I’ll finish with these wise words from philosopher Alain de Botton:

The world will be ours to roam in once more. But during our collective confinements, aside from the obvious inconveniences, we might come to cherish some of what is granted to us when we lose our customary liberties. It cannot be a coincidence that many of the world’s greatest thinkers have spent unusual amounts of time alone in their rooms. Silence gives us an opportunity to appreciate a great deal of what we generally see without properly noticing, and to understand what we have felt but not yet adequately processed. 

We have at present not only been locked away; we have also been granted the privilege of being able to travel around a range of unfamiliar, sometimes daunting but essentially wondrous inner continents.

Vanessa xx

Ps: An at-home travel guide was first published on my friends’ blog over at Babyccino!

Pss: You can also find some of my #armchairtravel on instagram where I am currently featuring a series titled La Vie en Rose, with sensorial souvenirs from around the world.

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