Whether your trip has been cancelled, you just like looking at beautiful places, or you are planning a trip in the future now is the time for some Armchair Travel.
YPRL has developed an Armchair Travel Weekend program to help you escape from the everyday. Discover beautiful places from all over the world, feed your mind and take yourself somewhere else.
Further reading: Stay Home and Discover the World
Plan Your Next Trip
Heading overseas may be a dream for quite a while yet, but there's nothing stopping wishful thinking. Prepare by downloading this guide to Sustainable Escapes as an ebook, do an online course to improve your photography skills via Lynda (or Kanopy has six expert lessons in The Art of Travel Photography to watch), use Transparent Languages Online to learn a language (there's even a handy app!) or download a travel magazine like Get Lost via YPRL.
Pick a location you're dreaming of travelling to and take a deep dive! Here's a deep dive tour of Vietnam we've prepared for you...
Read: Graeme Green's controversial novel set in Vietnam, The Quiet American, available as an audiobook from YPRL
Watch: Learn the history of Vietnam on Kanopy with Southeast Asia: Vietnam
Learn: Key phrases to help prepare for a trip to this beautiful country with TravelTalk Vietnam, available to download as an Audiobook.
Make: SBS Food has over 300 receipes of mouth-watering food from Vietnam. Get into the kitchen and bring a slice of Vietnam to your plate.
Rick Steves is an American travel writer, author, activist and television personality. His travel philosophy encourages people to explore less-touristed areas of destinations and to become immersed in the local people's way of life. From two minute quick looks to hour-long deep dives, this is the perfect way to dip into European destinations no matter how much time you have on your hands.
If slow travel is more your thing, take a journey on the Indian Pacific railway! Fit an abbreviated version of the four day trip from Perth to Sydney into under three hours. Log on to Bemafilm with your YPRL membership details and you're read to leave the station.
Your YPRL membership entitles you to six free films per month (and a revolving selection of un-metered options) on Kanopy.
Kanopy can take you anywhere in the world you want to go (and even out of this world!).
Explore Tibet watching The Epic of Everest. Take a look at the roads of Senegal in Colobane Express. Be transported to wartime Naples in Naples '44. See more of China with Yin and Yang - The Geography of China. Dive deep into Berlin for The Once and Future Pariser Platz. Stop off in Spain with Walking the Camino. Cars and Cuba go together in Havana Motor Club. Life on the Ganges will take you to Varanasi, India. There are 24 episodes on touring Greece and Turkey with The Great Tours.
360 Videos and Virtual Tours
If what you really need is to get up close and personal with somewhere outside of your own four walls, a 360 degree video or virtual tour is a real treat. It doesn't take a 3D headset! Just grab your tablet device (or even your mobile phone) and load up one of these beauties:
This library at Harvard is nearly 400 years old, making it the oldest library system in the United States. With this 360 degree view you'll feel like you're standing in the stacks.
Another library to satisfy us all while our own libraries are closed. This one is a beauty!
The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands. Its world-famous masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age include the Milkmaid by Vermeer and Rembrandt's Night Watch. To explore it in 360 degrees only adds to the awe of this gorgeous building and its contents.
up close and personal with Mona Lisa herself.
Uluru is estimated to be around 600 million years old. The greater Uluru-Kata Tjuta area is considered a sacred site by First Nations Australians, particularly the local Anangu tribe who are the Traditional Owners. This beautiful site allows you to explore the sights, sounds and stories of the Traditional Owners from your home.
One of the world's most popular pilgramage destinations, explore Jerusalem in 360 degrees and see some of the key sites in this holy historic city.
One of the most historic, often-visited tourist destinations in the world, Rome. Now available to explore without the crowds from your own home in 360 degrees.
Want an even more realistic view? Search for a country, city, suburb or even street anywhere in the world and zoom in for street view.
Read Your Way Somewhere Else
Until travel is on the cards again download one of these fiction and non-fiction travel ebooks and audiobooks curated especialy for you from our collection.
So we've been told we can't travel, but... this selection of downloadable Non-Fiction eBooks and eAudiobooks can take you to faraway places from the comfort of your armchair! Find them on Libby and Borrow Box.
For those that love all things French. Will have you wanting to visit Paris!
Armchair Travel developed by Lalor Library