As we are mid-pandemic and travel plans have been canceled for the foreseeable future, we’ve gathered a list of lovely virtual travel experiences from friends around the globe. Have a look at what these creative folks have cooked up, and maybe you’ll find an experience that appeals to you so you can find yourself somewhere new and exciting, if only for a few hours.
Culinary Tour de France with Viktorija
You may know Viktorija as a frequent co-host on our trips to Tuscany and France. She is a globetrotting sommelier, cookbook writer, and chef who makes her home in Nice. Alongside the food writer and expert in all things tasty and French, her friend Rosa Jackson, Viktorija is offering a fun series of cooking classes over the next two months, each focused on a specific region of the country. Learn more.
We love Context Travel’s cerebral, tiny group tours which offer travelers the opportunity to dive into a specific area of interest with a local expert. They’ve gone online with Context Conversations, and so far it’s been a wild success! For October there’s a range of regional, artistic and historical topics to choose from as part of a Destination Italy spotlight, you could learn about cheese in France, or the “remix” of American history in Hamilton, or the colonial legacy of Hong Kong – the diverse topics are fascinating and there’s surely something to captivate every mind. Multi-part courses are offered, too, for a deeper educational experience. Learn more.
* Get 10% off your first seminar with the discount code onward *
Italian Cooking Classes with Stefania
Stefania is a native of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, a place one could certainly argue is the gastronomic capital of the Western world! Her online cooking classes are “made to order”: you can choose two mouthwatering dishes and arrange a time, Stefania will send you recipes and a shopping list and then you’ll cook together. The cost is 35€ per family/computer and what a great idea for friends and families to book a group class for a fun way to enjoy an experience together during distant times.
List of Dishes – Learn more.
Virtual tour of Pompeii with Roberto
Our tour guide in the Amalfi Coast and Campania region, Roberto is a professionally trained archaeologist (and also a passionate advocate of slow food) who has worked on dig sites all over the Mediterranean, including at Pompeii. A visit to the legendary historical site with Roberto brings the place back to vivid life, and he’s devised a clever virtual system to bring a that unforgettable experience to travelers around the world. Learn more.
Provencal Cooking Classes with Kelly
Kelly is an American living her dream of owning and operating a cooking school in Provence, France, called La Beluge, where we have fond memories of cooking with her. Now she’s offering an opportunity to “take a virtual vacation in Provence” with a four-week cooking class series beginning on October 24th. Learn to make regional favorites like fluffy cheese souffle and real-deal French onion soup. Learn more.