There’s no doubt about it — social distancing is hard. While most of us have settled into a daily routine within the four walls of our homes, the experiences that make life extraordinary — a gourmet meal, an exotic vacation, or a beautiful concert — are being missed sorely.
Luckily though, many of these experiences are now becoming available to us right in the comfort of our living rooms. Since the imposition of the lockdown, a lot of content that was previously behind a high paywall has now been made free or low-cost. Most of this content centers around unique experiences around the world that would otherwise be hard to access, even under normal circumstances. Let’s take a look at all that’s on offer now:
Museums across the world have opened up virtual tours for users to access. You can now marvel at some of the world’s most incredible creations from your own home.
The Vatican Museums feature 360° tours of some of the most iconic works of art including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpiece.
From the Mona Lisa to the Venus de Melo, you can now enjoy these stunning creations thanks to free virtual tours of the Louvre.
Google virtual tour allows you to explore archaeological artefacts found in Acropolis, many dating back 5000 years.
If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of contemporary and modern art, the Tate museum tour is just what you’re looking for.
Looking for a grand musical experience? Dress up for the night, bring out the wine, and enjoy the best concerts from across the world.
The Met is showcasing a different performance every night from their Live in HD series during the lockdown. Each performance is available for 20 hours, from 7:30 PM EDT to 3:30 PM the next day.
The’ Intermission’ features a selection of past concerts, each of which are available for at least 2-3 days.
The Vienna State Opera has opened up its archives for the first time, allowing people to watch a different opera each day via its streaming platform.
If you’re not in the mood for something as high-brow as the opera, there are plenty of other fun-filled options available as well.
For $8.99 a month (or $99.99 a year), you can stream the world’s best Broadway musicals — from Cats to Swan Lake to Sweeney Todd. You can even use the 7-day free trial before becoming a paying customer.
Every night at 21h00, Teatro Aberto’s official website has streaming videos of some of the most popular plays performed on its stage.
Marquee TV is an arts and culture streaming platform that has extended its free trial period to 30 days. Which means you can now access a range of theatre, ballet, and opera productions — from Arvo Part’s Adam’s Passion to Jonathan Dove’s Pinocchio.
Looking for the best way to start (or maintain) your fitness regime while at home? Here are some of the best options:
India’s latest fitness obsession Cult Fit is a rage in all the big cities. And thanks to the lockdown, you can now get their classes online for free. The biggest advantage is their diverse range — from Vinyasa Yoga to Dance Fitness, there’s an option for everyone.
This is one of the best options if you’re looking for a personalized workout regimen. No matter what areas you want to focus on, their vast workout library will have the right option for you.
One of the things we’re all missing sorely during this time is the joy of a good dining experience. If you’re looking to recreate it at home, here are the best options:
Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura has launched a new Instagram series called ‘Kitchen Quarantine’ where he takes you through simple yet delicious recipes. So if you haven’t learnt how to cook yet, you can train under one of the most famous chefs in the world!
If you’re looking to transition to a plant-based diet, this quarantine might be the perfect opportunity. Forks Over Knives has a range of resources to guide you through a plant-based journey — be it meal planners or cooking courses.
Art and Music
Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, whether you play the guitar or the cello — this website has a vast range of free instructional videos to help you improve as a musician.
Jockey’s apparel brand for children seeks to engage kids at home with activities such as origami, craft, mandala art, basic baking, zumba, and beat boxing. These workshops — running till 3 May and conducted in partnership with well-known experts — are showcased LIVE on the Jockey India Facebook page every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Harvard has made over 100 online courses available for free — in diverse areas like Computer Science, Data Science, Humanities, and Spirituality. All the courses are certified by the University.
Google has made 19 online courses — focused around Data and Technology, Digital marketing, and Personal Development — available for consumption.
So, make the most of this opportunity while at home! Thanks to organizations all across the world coming together and opening their virtual doors, the most incredible experiences are now available to us at the click of a button. Enjoy and indulge — whether it’s a course you always wanted to take, a date night at the opera with your partner, or the museum tour with your kids