Virtual Vacations to Take Now!

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May 4, 2023

Now is a time where travelers are home dreaming of their next trip or mourning the loss of a trip they planned. We at Jen Mitchell Travel have put together a collection to get you as close as we can to a real trip, until the time is right to explore the world again. We have highlighted virtual cooking classes, tours, and family expeditions on our list. How about get the kids started on a coloring contest? We can’t wait to start traveling again but in the meantime, don’t stop dreaming!


Staying close to home may be first choice for many as we ease back into travel. Here is a live webcam for of Sanibel Island to get you into beach mode. Some of our favorite hotels in Sanibel & Captiva are South Seas Island resort, Tween Waters, and  private estate at Sea oats. These properties are starting to open this month so we will be heading to Sanibel and Captiva this week for a little visit.  Stay tuned for our next blog on Captiva!

Virtual Safari

Safari is high on our list of destinations clients can’t wait to get to. If you can’t get there just yet, &Beyond is live broadcasting safaris twice daily, with the first 45 minutes of their afternoon drive (9:30am EST) tailored for kids. We are excited to share with you the beautiful sights and sounds of the bush on live game drive with Singita Sabi Sand. Mala Mala, whom we visited last December, has released a channel with game drives with their guides who currently have no guests but would like to get a feel for real live game drives and field work are like.  

Art and Culture

How about some culture at a time where museums are closed? If you need a little pick me up we have an uplifting video of over 1000 South Africans performing their Anthem. Musical Collaborations are growing and we love this Virtual Orchestra started as an idea by a college student looking to bring positivity and optimism when we need it most.

Virtual Expeditions

If you love nature and the great outdoors, you will love we are featuring a VIRTUAL 🌎 EXPEDITION channel geared towards younger explorers and their families? To relieve the stress of our current days, Lindblad is taking you on daily adventures—bringing wild remote places, wildlife & vistas to you. Activities, Ahhh Moments, Photo Tips & more clips—including their 6pm cocktail Recap. Follow along to explore the planet’s most pristine places. Zodiacs loading soon: grab your water bottle!

Quark Expeditions is inviting polar travelers of all ages—especially youngsters—to download and enjoy coloring these Polar doodles! Use the #PolarLearningChannel hashtag to enter their contest, for a chance to win a copy of "Toby The Polar Pig" children's book and for a chance to get your doodles featured on our page. Download them directly or using this link:

From Pyramids to Polyenesia

Let us take you on a Virtual Vacation to Egypt and the Nile.  Cruise the fabled Nile in style — as only Abercrombie & Kent can offer — disembarking at iconic sites as well as little-known temples. Travel in the company of the region's best Egyptologists, whose dedication to your journey is rivaled only by their passion for local art, history and culture. Its Tulip time in Amsterdam and it is at its peak right now! Our friends at Team Fine Fleur would like to share a virtual flower field visit with you. Enjoying the flowers, we have Keukenhof the world’s largest flower garden by drone. Next we bring you to this little slice of paradise on an interactive map of the Cook Islands, made up of 15 Islands in the heart of Polynesia.


If you are seeking a place to find your center or nutritional trips Six Senses Spas you can find daily events to sign up for here. Skyterra Wellness Retreat in North Carolina is within driving distance of Naples, but until you can get there to reset, they have posted some live yoga classes on their Facebook. Their head trainer Jeff has is also posting virtual workouts if you are looking to raise your heart rate a bit more. 

Your favorite hair or beauty salon may be temporarily closed but here’s a way to change neglect into nourishment. We bring you a series of home treatments for luscious hair and glowing skin straight from our Alchemy Bar.

Virtual Cooking Classes & Recipes

You might not be able to book a reservation right now at the swanky new Gucci Osteria on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, but until the new Italian restaurant reopens its doors, why not join its Michelin-starred Chef Massimo Bottura for a free virtual cooking class on Instagram? Chef Jon Ashton of Crystal Cruises has been producing live cooking classes in his kitchen. Follow along as he takes us to Italy and prepares Penne Alla Vodka here. In celebration of the King’s birthday in the Netherlands try a local favorite pastry that every Dutch person traditionally eats? Our partners at Hidden Doorways have a collection of guest-favorite mixed, stirred and shaken cocktails from talented mixologists to enjoy on your next zoom happy hour