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Virtual Vacation | Edition 2

Last month I shared Virtual Vacation | Edition 1 in the hopes of offering you a few moments of escapism during this crazy time. I compiled six Photo Features – heavy on the imagery, light on the details – to take you to Boston, Yosemite National Park, Oaxaca City, Frigiliana, Bangkok, and the Great Ocean Road. All without leaving your couch!

With social distancing and sheltering in place still in effect around the globe, I decided to share a second edition.

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Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Let’s be real – it’s a weird time to be thinking about travel. Who knows how long it will be before we feel comfortable going to the hardware store, let alone getting on an airplane. Even more than that, it honestly feels a little frivolous to me. Believe me, I know canceled trips and time at home (for those who even have the ability and privilege to stay at home) are nothing compared to the very real problems and very real heartbreak being experienced right now.

Several weeks ago, it was these feelings led me to put down the guidebooks, avoid updating this site, and generally take a break from feeding my wanderlust.

But there’s something to be said for self care and staying sane. When I logged on a few days ago to check in and answer reader comments, it made me so happy. I’ve held on to a monthly posting schedule since I started The Pamplemousse Papers three years ago, and I’m going to try to find ways to keep it up if I can.

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Burano, Italy

So my goal with this post remains the same as with the last: to provide a brief escape from tragedy and news briefings. To help you with a little bit of self care. To teach you something new or transport you to a happier, simpler time. To restore a small sense of normalcy.

Leave your passport safely stored – it’s time for another virtual vacation.

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Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

Where you are off to this month:

  • Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Tasmania, Australia
  • Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
  • Murano and Burano, Italy

I didn’t do this intentionally, but all four of the destinations here are islands. I am definitely drawn to islands while traveling. You’ll likely have to put in more effort to reach them, but in my experience that effort has been rewarded!

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Tasmania, Australia

Click on any image below to head to your chosen destination

As I admitted in Edition 1, sure – a virtual vacation may not live up to the real life alternative. But there are definitely some upsides that I think we can all agree on:

  • No passport needed
  • Skip the packing
  • Avoid stressful security lines
  • Save yourself the jet lag
  • Travel straight from the couch with your favorite blanket
  • Go whenever you feel like it
  • Take breaks as needed
  • Be in one country at noon and another just moments later
  • Enjoy the ultimate budget-friendly escape

Click on any image below to start your virtual vacay

Sending hope out into the universe that our new normal does not remain the norm for much longer. Stay safe and please let me know how you are doing in the Comments below!

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