From the Discoverer Blog
Though physically traveling is strongly discouraged at the moment, we can still travel with our minds and remain connected to the world without leaving the couch. Consider one of these alternatives to scratch your travel bug itch and to stay inspired during this period of travel restrictions.
The pandemic has resulted in the temporary closure of a number of zoos and aquariums around the world, but to keep communities connected and to continue to share fun and educational content for those at home, institutions have set up livestreams. Visit with animals virtually by tuning in on the institution’s website or their social media channels, and see giant pandas Tian Tian and Mei Xiang during feeding time at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Or watch Fiona the Hippo at play at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Ohio. Or be mesmerized by the choreographed movements of jellyfish displayed on the live Jelly Cam by California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium.
To encourage social distancing and curb the spread of the virus, many of the world’s most famous public spaces are closed, but you can continue to explore historic landmarks and museums from your couch. See collections from the Pharaonic period in the Egyptian Antiquities exhibit at the Louvre, marvel at The Last Judgment on the wall behind the altar of the Sistine Chapel by Italian Renaissance painter Michelangelo, or transport yourself to China’s iconic Great Wall and tour the most visited sections of this 2300 year old landmark. Continuing to explore not only encourages you to learn about your favorite destinations, but can also inspire your next trip after the travel bans are lifted.