What do you like the most about the trip? I like the feeling of freedom from everyday routines, pressure exits and mostly stress! In addition, the adventure of seeing new sights, meeting new people, and embarking on another culture. How can this not actually travel? My favorite way is to read a great book. It can be an old favorite, or a new adventure, but it must pull me and keep it there so snuggly that I can not even think of anything else! My whole body says, "Aaahh." Then I'm excited about what's going to happen next. The atmosphere and adventure of another time and place can work my magic to make me feel like I left my own home and fled to some great new experience.
My most recent favorite book for this type of "travel without a trip" is the adventures of world-traveling scientist Stanley Randolf. Imagine discovering the secrets of unusual cultures, weird animal species, new perspectives (like "follow Soul Voice") and scary moments just behind the corner! From China to Rarotonge, I felt very well traveled, like an aristocrat from earlier stories.
Then there is also a foreign movie with subtitles in your first language. You may find yourself thinking differently about life after watching something that is happening in another country. But I still love books!
Another way to travel without a trip is to find new cultures at home! Or nearby, if you can reach a larger town. Most cities have at least one ethnic restaurant that not only serves new food but will delight you with a unique atmosphere or artwork and music, and perhaps even with the fun of the original original native culture.
Still, books are best for me because I do not have to eat an unknown kitchen if it sounds so terrible but I can pretend I'm still open to it. And with good imagination, books will take you to unknown terrains with the joyful freedom of heart and soul!
Imagine where you want to be. Beach in Hawaii? The Majal? Great pyramid in Egypt? No matter where you want to go, if you read about it, you will have a greater sense of being there than with the video, though it can help. Just think about how it would look, but how it will smell, sound, feel emotional and even feel physically when your feet fall to the sand or hand touches a very old stone. It can become very real and really turn into a "mini vacation".