What do you prefer when traveling? I like the feeling of freedom from everyday routines, freedom from pressure and mostly freedom from stress! In addition, the adventure of getting to know new sights, getting to know new people, and immersing yourself in another culture.
So how do you get it without actually traveling? My favorite way is to read a great book. It can be an old favorite, or a new adventure, but it has to pull me straight in and hold me there so snuggly that I can not even think of anything else! My whole body says, "Aaahh." Then I'm excited about what's going to happen next. The atmosphere and adventure of another time and place can make my magic so that I could feel like I left my home and fled to some great new experience.
My most recent favorite book for this type of "travel without a trip" is the adventure of Stanley Randolph traveling around the world. Imagine revealing the mysteries of unusual cultures, weird animal species, new perspectives (like "Soul Voice") and frightening moments behind the corner! From China to Rarotonge, I felt very well traveled, like an aristocrat from early learning.
There is also a foreign movie with subtitles in your mother tongue. You may find yourself thinking differently about life after watching something that is happening in another country. But I still love books!
Another way to travel without a trip is to find new cultures at home! Or nearby, if you can reach a larger town. Most cities have at least one ethnic restaurant that will not only serve you food, but will delight you with a unique atmosphere or artwork and music, and perhaps even entertainment that is the original culture of the owner.
Still, books are best for me, because I do not have to eat an unknown kitchen if it sounds really awful, but I can pretend I'm still open. And with good imagination, books can make you fly to the unknown countries with the joyful freedom of heart and soul!
Imagine where you want to be. Beach in Hawaii? The Majal? Great pyramid in Egypt? No matter where you want to go, if you read about it, you will have a greater sense of being there than with the video, though it can help. Just think about it not just to make you look, but to smell, sound, feel emotional, and even feel physically when your legs hit the sand or your hand touched a very old stone. It can become very real and turn into a "mini vacation".