Armchair Travel takes people to faraway places without leaving home.
It provides a sensory experience and the opportunity to learn about exotic lands and important past events in a meaningful manner.
Start an Armchair Travel tradition at your facility! Make it a monthly event and build up expectations to this most interesting and engaging activity.
Related: Armchair Travel with Google Maps
Choose your theme by asking your clients for topics of interest or choose from generic themes such as: national parks, islands, rain-forests and even biographies of famous actors or singers.
Choose a short DVD or play YouTube videos for a maximum of one hour; preferably less if your clients have attention deficit. There are excellent short videos to be found on YouTube that are less than 20 minutes long, you may show two short videos if the response is positive.
Here are a few ideas:
A narrated video by Raymond Kresha, featuring a group of people visiting historic sites of Portugal, Spain and then Morocco. The video runs for roughly 30 minutes. There are some pictures of the tour participants but mostly it shows stunning landscapes from the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco.
Craft: Color-in the Flags of Portugal & Spain (download below)
Serve: Look online for recipes of Pasteis de nata (Portuguese tarts) or Tapas (Spanish entrees such as small meat balls or Spanish omelet cut into bite sized pieces) or Moroccan bread cut into chunks and served with Hummus.
Trivia: Portuguese Quiz
The Queen of England, Elizabeth II has three residences: Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This is a 30 minute video on the history of the most romantic of the three, Holyroodhouse. Besides romance, there is also deceit, betrayal, and murder.
Watch: Holyroodhouse (YouTube)
Craft: Color-in the Flag of the UK (download below)
Serve: Cucumber sandwiches
Trivia: Royal Quiz
A popular tourist destination, the Republic of the Seychelles is an island-country in the Indian Ocean. This video runs for 15 minutes.
Watch: Seychelles Islands (YouTube)
Craft: Color-in the Flag of Seychelles (download below)
Serve: Fried bananas (plantain)
Trivia: Island of the World Quiz
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Use Google Maps and the Street View option to take your resident's back to their original homes or on tours of famous World landmarks! It's almost standing room only as residents are now bringing in their children's addresses along, staff are also showing us their abodes.
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