Lifestyle Fast Tracks the June 2020 issue

Travel Virtually with These Four Fun Family Activities

Our armchair traveler series continues.
By Carrie Williamson Posted on May 19, 2020

Check out “15 Virtual Vacations and Activities You and Your Family Can Try without Leaving the House” >> The travel experts at Thomson Family Adventures have compiled this list of their favorite livestreams, webinars and other online resources that offer virtual vacations and educational experiences. Leave your home behind as you spot the Northern Lights in Manitoba, Canada, via a livestream, take a virtual tour of the Louvre, or explore Yellowstone National Park.

Create photo books of previous family vacations using Mixbook >> Mixbook’s software is easy to use, and the quality of its printed photo books is top notch. You can choose from a wide selection of professionally designed backgrounds, templates, layouts and clip art so your photo book reflects your family’s personality. This fun family activity also presents an opportunity to share memories as you look through old photos and select the best ones.

A Mixbook photo book

Learn to cook Italian with Massimo Bottura >> The three Michelin-star chef of the internationally renowned Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, has launched a new Instagram series, “Kitchen Quarantine.” As Bottura says of his online hit, “It’s not a master class, it’s quarantine with our family. We just want to show to the world that with a few things—a table, a few ingredients, a family—we can have fun.” His daughter films, his wife asks questions (in English), and his son does the tasting as the chef uses leftover food in the fridge to whip up a variety of creative dishes like his signature soup, tortellini in brodo. Tune in at 8 p.m. CET, daily, on Massimo Bottura’s IGTV.

Watch a virtual Wild Film Club family film >> The New York WILD Film Festival, which is held annually at The Explorers Club in New York City, is making its films about exploring, discovering and protecting the planet available for streaming or watching online. Among the weekly programs is one devoted to family films, like the inspiring gem “Young Guns.” Fifteen-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 16-year-old Kai Lightner, who are the leaders of the next generation of climbers, have sent shock waves through the sport. The two prodigies travel to Norway to take on the toughest climbs of their lives.

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