With regular travel off the cards during these unprecedented times, we’re here to brighten up your time at home, bringing the joy of travel directly to you.
Here we share our favourite food, music, films and TV shows that will transport you to beautiful destinations across the globe at just the click of a button.
Embrace the flavours of Italy with Savini Tartufi White Truffle Oil comprising only the best quality white truffles, found in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Savini Tartufi infuses white truffles with extra–virgin olive oil, thus allowing stay-at-home chefs to add some Italian sophistication to any dish, hot or cold. We recommend drizzling it over crostini, adding a twist to mac and cheese, infusing richness into a risotto or adding to eggs for an indulgent start to the day.Shop now
Influenced by real events in the life of author, Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram follows the story of an Australian bank robber who escapes prison and settles in India’s largest city: Mumbai. Praised for its vivid accuracy and unique insight into the multi-faceted lives of Mumbai’s residents and underground network, Robert’s account provides an exciting escape into the heart of India and divulges an entirely different perspective of the country. With Robert’s guide, readers will be transported from their homes to the colourful and vivacious streets of India.Buy on amazon
The next few months are the perfect opportunity to practise self-care and focus on wellbeing. Recreate renowned spa treatments at home with a selection of products from some of the world’s leading hotels to add a little luxury and much-needed pampering to the daily skincare routine. Aman Skincare, Irene Forte Skincare and COMO Shambhala Spa, are the perfect brands to transform bathrooms into relaxing retreats. The gentle aromas recreate the calm oases usually found at Aman Resorts, Rocco Forte Hotels and COMO Hotels. Available to purchase online, and using natural and sustainable ingredients as well as oils that are suitable for all skin types, We hope these products evoke fond memories of past spa experiences and inspire wellness breaks for the future.
We have selected two inspirational travel programmes to captivate viewers and send them on a journey across the globe from the comfort of their armchairs.
On BBC iPlayer, Simon Reeve’s adventurous documentaries explore all corners of the world, allowing viewers to virtually visit a country they might not have considered before. Simon’s documentaries delve into the less discovered and educate viewers on the fascinating history and culture of countries such as Colombia, Kenya and Burma.
For those with Netflix, tune into The Durrells, a charming series which offers an insight into the trials and tribulations of naturalist, Gerald Durrell’s, early life in Corfu. Beautifully filmed, the show delights viewers with an insight into 1930s life on the Greek isle and showcases its stunning beaches and nature.
Head to a sunny spot in the garden and transport yourself to a tropical beach hut on the pristine shores of the Caribbean, by preparing a Golden Jubilee rum punch cocktail, courtesy of The Sandpiper in Barbados. Containing mango puree and two different types of rum, this cocktail packs a punch, whilst providing a refreshing reminder of rum cocktails sipped with the sensation of sandy toes and soaring views across the sea.
Although travel plans are temporarily on hold, we encourage you to experience the world of New Orleans, through the swinging sounds of jazz. Famed as the birthplace of the genre, New Orleans was home to musicians such as Louis Armstrong and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Switch off the noises of everyday life and tune into these jazz legends; close your eyes and you could almost be dancing through the lively streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Widely known as the city’s historic heart, the French Quarter is famous for its vibrant nightlife and colourful buildings.Discover New Orleans
Continue your cultural pursuits from home, with museums, galleries and theatres around the world streaming performances for their visitors. For example, the Metropolitan Opera in New York is streaming daily performances, showcasing some of the best talent and the greatest voices – all of which can be enjoyed from viewers’ very own ‘front row living rooms’ across the UK.
Moreover, art and history enthusiasts are encouraged to take advantage of the exclusive online access passes provided by legendary tourist hotspots including the Louvre, Smithsonian and Vatican Museums, via a virtual tour. Visitors can embark on a leisurely world tour of these famous attractions and luxuriate in an experience which boasts no queues, busy crowds or restrictive opening hours.
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