Whether you’re reminiscing about a travel destination that you’ve previously been to or dreaming of a new one that’s in the tentative planning stages, it’s possible to bring that exotic destination to your home.
It’s all about connecting to all the different aspects of it that make it vibrant, different, and sometimes exotic compared to your usual hometown and familiar surroundings.
In this article, we look at how it’s possible to bring the exotic to your home.
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Our taste buds often provide the most memorable experiences, especially when these experiences are shared with friends or new acquaintances.
Fortunately, producers are happy to export many of their unusual and rich tastes abroad and into the homes of people who long for another sip.
In the Philippines, the B’laan tribe in the Luwak habitat helps to harvest the local coffee beans that deliver such an authentic taste. For coffee lovers used to trying different blends, they know that for high quality kopi luwak coffee, it’s important to go direct to the source. The balanced, smooth taste is so good it’s worth sourcing it on home soil to enjoy the captivating aroma and rich taste.
Another way that your taste buds can provide a repeated trip down memory lane or to sample a country’s cuisine before setting foot there is to try a few of their signature dishes.
Many of the tourist boards will be only too happy to share what they feel are their most distinctive dishes. However, it’s often best to consider the ingredients included to judge what might be preferable for your palette. That way, you can avoid something overly infused with certain herbs or strong spices that might be too overwhelming.
For instance, if you’re thinking about Malaysia and its eclectic fusion cuisine, then it’s possible to start using click & collectfrom a local Malaysian restaurant. From there, you can get an idea of what dishes you prefer like the Mee Goreng Mamakor Nasi lemak. Then a cookbook or a video cooking class to practice at home is the next step to regularly bring the exotic to your home.
The sights of a favorite locale is another matter. There are a few different directions to go with this one.
You can decide to download some travel wallpaper backgrounds for your smartphone or desktop PC. With enough of them, they can be changed daily to an alternative vista.
On the Windows PC, the Bing Wallpaper app is useful because it lets you see one of the backdrops from the search engine, which changes every morning. However, the destination is not controllable. Alternatively, Unsplash has a selection of HD quality wallpaper for different countries and city destinations to choose from.
Beyond that, getting one of your past travel photos enlarged and framed to put it on the home office or living room wall is one idea.
Another idea is to order some classic travel photos from an online print store that has plenty of licensed snaps from professional photographers, sorted by country.
The sounds of a location are hard to reproduce.
Some walking tour videos on YouTube may work for you. Alternatively, if you’re reminiscing about the lush rain forests, then there are nature soundtracks to listen to.
Also, look for travel videos filmed in country locations by a vlogger talking about street food and tourist attractions. This is sure to bring back the memories of being there. All the grittiness of the streets and surrounding areas and the friendliness of the local people can be recaptured that way.
When looking to recapture an exotic location or try another one on for size, then use the above ideas to transport it to your place of rest. It will make life more interesting but be prepared for it to give you the wanderlust feel!