Among the standouts are Indagare, which creates itineraries in partnership with several glossy magazines, and Bolt, which focuses on small-group adventures. They aren’t just recreating global experiences on social media; they’re bringing their communities together around expert-led conversations about culture and conservation.

Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley is hosting Zoom talks with notable people such as Omega Institute co-founder Elizabeth Lesser and wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. She’s also organizing private online events, such as a behind-the-scenes video tour of France’s Versailles and a live-streamed Geisha performance in a home in Kyoto, Japan. Bolt, a group travel club that launched two years ago, has been hosting intimate video hangouts with activists and adventurers, including rock climber and photographer Ted Hesser and Max Frieder, co-founder of the nonprofit Artolution.

Be Realistic
It might be tempting to use a virtual trip to soothe kids’ disappointment over a canceled or postponed vacation. But keep your expectations reasonable, Levine says.

“No kid is going to feel that seeing a picture of the Antarctic, or France, or a national park is the same as going there,” she said. That’s especially true for teenage children, many of whom face such big letdowns as graduations and proms that won’t happen.

So have fun with homebound trips, but don’t use them as Band-Aids, says Levine. Pay close attention to how kids are feeling, discuss that there will be disappointments in life, and model healthy coping mechanisms. They’re watching how you react to setbacks, so take the opportunity to showcase your creativity, patience, and problem-solving skills.

Revisit a Destination
Mollie Krengel, founder of the travel guide site Wild Bum, isn’t exploring new places from home with her three children—a deliberate decision. They’ve been looking at photos and videos from past trips and talking about their memories. They’re trying to recreate some of the foods they ate in Tel Aviv and discussing smells that remind them of a visit to Kenya.

“We even put together a puzzle that brought us memories of our times spent at the beach,” Krengel says. “This helps shift the focus from where we could be going to gratitude for where we've been.”

Reminiscing can be comforting, Stewart says, and it’s almost as much fun for kids as going on an actual vacation. It might even inspire your next trip to be a repeat.

This article was provided by Bloomberg News.

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