Best Ways To Pass Time During Quarantine

Apr 28, 2020

Airbnb is offering online experiences

Experience a live tango concert.

We love Airbnb Experiences. The offerings are usually pretty niche— horse whispering with an equine therapist, making your own “poison” in Cape Town, farming in the Thai countryside—, run by locals, and the small group size guarantees you’ll make a friend or two. Culture and human interaction are something we could use plenty more of these days, so we were excited to see the brand launch Online Experiences, a way for us to travel virtually, connect and support hosts during the times of COVID-19.

From storytime with a drag queen to tango lessons with professional Argentinian dancers to meditation sessions with a Japanese Buddhist monk, these are activities you’ll actually want to join. The online experiences are live, interactive video sessions hosted on Zoom and can be joined on desktop computers, tablets, and mobile devices. Group sizes are kept small—from four to 10 participants— so that people can more easily connect with each other.

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Escape with a virtual tour of Thailand

A statue of Buddha at Wat Bang Kung. Photo by Alalosz.

Tourism Authority of Thailand has launched new virtual tours of some of the country’s most interesting historic sites and parks, so you can get inspired and cultured while (still) sliding deeper into your couch. In all seriousness, we are thankful for the reminder that there is a big, awesome world out there waiting for us when this is all over. 

We were impressed by Samut Songkhram’s tree-entangled Wat Bang Kung, which looks worthy of a feature in Tomb Raider or Indian Jones. But you can also explore Nakhon Si Tham5marat’s shadow puppet museum, Ban Nang Talung Suchart Subsin, for a different dose of culture.  

Take a Virtual Tour of the Most Beautiful Cherry Blossoms Around the World

Cherry blossoms at Jinhae Gunhangje Festival.

Of the many reasons we are bummed to be stuck indoors, missing cherry blossom season in Japan is pretty high on the top of the list. Thankfully, you can now hanami, or “watching blossoms”, from home with Google Earth’s new virtual tour of the world’s best cherry blossom sites. 

The Guggenheim Museum Has Released More Than 200 Art Books Online

The opportunity to indulge in the arts during this bleak time is something we are pretty thankful for (thank you, Internet), especially since we now have access to some of the world’s most renowned masterpieces for free.

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