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Since the C-19 coronavirus chaos began derailing travel plans, people have been spending more time finding ways to satisfy their curiosity and interests from home.
Every day there are more livestreams and videos available that let us experience new places and things without leaving home, the virtual travel sites are listed in our travel section.
For those looking for something a more interactive, we have compiled a list of classes to help you hone your learning, language and dance skills, plus brush up on historical facts, and enjoy the food and beverages waiting at your next live adventure, whether you are mentally planning a trip to paris, London, Bangkok, Madrid, Tokyo, or Buenos Aires.
Below, the best online courses to try out during quarantine by category, as follows:
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And now the Fun stuff
Learn the language
Driving through any country is a lot more fun when you can actually read the signs. While you’re dreaming of your next vacation, take some time to learn a bit of the language.
DuoLingo is a free app and great for beginners trying to learn basic vocabulary, though it doesn’t give the freedom for personalization to learn about specific topics.
Their passport courses give you 3 months to learn language basics, as well as history, culture, and traditions of a specific country.
Brush up on your history and cultural knowledge
For history or art buffs planning a trip to a new city, chances are at least a few museums and famous landmarks will be part of your itinerary.
In order to fully appreciate what you will see, refresh your memory on the country’s history 1st.
There are basic history courses, like Coursera’s free Russian History: From Lenin to Putin class, hosted by UC Santa Cruz. Then there are more specific classes tailored to niche interests.
Harvard University hosts free culture courses, like Japanese Books: From Manuscript to Print, which details historical writing formats and storytelling properties. Udemy runs introductory classes, like Egyptian Art, which goes through different time periods and styles of art in Ancient Egypt.
Architecture, an often overlooked topic, is influential to a country’s cultural history; Udemy offers multiple courses on architectural history with varying depth, including Essentials of Byzantine Architecture and Greek Architecture.
Deepen your knowledge and appreciation for food
If you’re craving cuisine from a specific city or region, now is the time to try and recreate it at home.
While some of our favorite chefs have been sharing tutorials on social media, there are more structured options, too. Learn the Art of Sushi Making from Udemy gives lifetime access to resources, on-demand videos, and completion certificates with step-by-step virtual instruction. If you’re looking for instruction from the best of the best, look no further than MasterClass’s culinary section.
Dominique Ansel, celebrated pastry chef and creator of the cronut, teaches French Pastry Fundamentals. There are 17 pre-recorded lessons, each building on the last.
Massimo Bottura offers a 14-part modern Italian cooking class on MasterClass, too.
Other courses provide even more engagement: The Chef and the Dish hosts private Skype sessions with global chefs to learn specialized recipes like seafood paella. The class goes through making paella and a side salad in two hours, and the one-on-one time with a professional chef allows you to ask questions while you learn.
Become a Beer and Tequila aficionado
Like food, beverages are an important part of any country’s culture. Rather than rely on a bartender’s recommendations, use this time to get to know your own tastes.
Not only does the class go through Belgium’s beer culture, it helps you learn to differentiate styles and understand the production process.
Napa Valley Wine Academy’s course, Discovering Italian Wine , provides maps to discover the regions where certain grapes grow, and exercises and exams, which, if completed, earn you a wine certificate.
If you’re eager to head south to Mexico City or Jalisco, consider expanding your Tequila knowledge 1st. Tequila: Origins, Standards, Styles, Flavors from Beverage Edu is extensive for its price and covers Tequila’s history, drink and food pairings, and production methods and locations.
Dance like a pro
If you’ve always wanted to tango in Argentina or salsa dance through Colombia, consider learning a few steps before you visit. Coursera offers a free class from Emory University, called “So You Think You Know Tango?”
There are 2 modules: the 1st focuses on the Argentinian dance history and development, and the second teaches basic movements.
Other courses focus more on dancing, less on history. Learn How To Dance Bachata from Udemy has 25 short tutorials, so you can follow the instructor over and over until you get it right. This class focuses on the basics, and will not get too advanced by the end. For people looking for mastery, try the Salsa Bootcamp from My Salsa Online. It starts with the fundamentals, but progresses into more complicated steps and patterns quickly, so you will be dancing like a Pro in no time.
Enjoy you learning and traveling.