Travel Virtually

As the COVID-19 pandemic interrupts our actual travel, here are some resources to help you travel virtually now and plan for the future, plus some other fun content. We’ll add more information every couple of weeks. If you have any links you think fellow travelers would find valuable, please email us!


Over 50 St. Olaf faculty- and staff-recommended books, poems, movies and more to keep you traveling virtually.

Q&A with trusted travel partners

How are our tour operators faring in far-flung places?

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art inspired by st. olaf travels

We asked folks to share their artwork inspired by St. Olaf travels and were richly rewarded.

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UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Nearly everyone’s familiar with UNESCO world heritage sites, but what about intangible cultural heritage?

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Leading and learning abroad: Q&A with Dave and Pat Van Wylen

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Traditional Dress Around the World

From the Indian sari to the Vietnamese conical hat, see in pictures the wonderful varieties of traditional dress.

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The urge to Sing Beautiful Language

Why we sing and why we put words to music — watch an archived Mellby Lecture from Dan Dressen.

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Improve Your Travel Photography Skills

Want to learn how to take better photos for when you travel again? Now’s the time for an online course.

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Signature Drinks from Around the World

As the weather warms, many of us will be enjoying cocktails on the deck or backyard patio. Here are some tasty national drinks from around the world that you can try at home.

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Ten Nifty Words with No English Equivalent

Once again from our travel partner, Holbrook, check out these “Ten Nifty Words with No English Equivalent.”

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Recipes from Around the World

Explore the world with these international recipes from Holbrook Travel, one of our trusted tour operator partners.

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Virtual Expeditions

Spend a virtual day with another trusted travel partner, Lindblad Expeditions–National Geographic, with a wellness moment, kids’ activities, music, and more.

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Being Present in Historic Spaces

Put yourself in historic buildings through the Anastylosis Project by Mary Griep, Professor Emerita of Art and Art History. Use “learn more” to get to the gallery page and then click on each thumbnail photo to listen to or read the description.

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Resource Lists

Get to know a place through books, music, movies, and web sites recommended by faculty leaders.

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The Secret to Happiness

According to Forbes … spend money on experiences, not things.

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Earthly Delights

Lonely Planet takes you to the world’s best botanical gardens.

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Leading and learning abroad: Q&A with Bruce Benson

Bruce Benson retired as the St. Olaf College pastor in July 2011, but he’s been going strong in the classroom and around the world ever since.

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A good book makes a great companion for international travel. From CrimeReads, these eight stories of far-flung adventure are perfect companions for plane, café, or cozied up in a hotel bed.

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Concerned about how air travel affects climate change? During some downtime is a great time to expand your knowledge. We’ve curated a few resources to jump-start your research into offsetting your travel carbon footprint.

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London’s National Theatre

On Thursday April 2 (7pm GMT/1pm CST), One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Cordon, will be livestreamed on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel. New productions will follow each week, along with behind the scenes talks and cast interviews.

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How to travel without leaving the house

As we collectively stay at home, the editors of Condé Nast Traveller are looking to other ways we can bring the world closer to our readers, while also helping to support our beloved travel industry right now.

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Travel From Home (TFH)

Travel inspiration to get your wanderlust on while you’re stuck inside, from The Points Guy.

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