14 JULY, 2020


Traveling has been impossible these past few months. You probably know all about the COVID-19 travel restrictions and how everyone had to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus. But you also miss the fun things you looked forward to in your vacations, like the food, music, culture, and entertainment.

If you miss the fun of traveling, then why not revisit your favorite destinations at home? Bring these favorite places to your home by making use of travel interior design tips to transform your indoor space! Recreate your dream vacations while following proper health guidelines by decorating your house with travel-inspired interior designs, cooking your favorite regional cuisines, or streaming the best entertainment from your favorite locations.

Missing your favorite on-the-go travel destinations? Celebrate your favorite places with these creative travel interior design ideas.

1. Boracay

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Boracay is most known for its pristine, white-sand beaches, and exciting nightlife. This island paradise also has lots of secret places and hidden gems that travelers love to explore. Unfortunately, unless you’re quarantining in Boracay you won’t have access to any of these beautiful spots.

But you can still achieve the Boracay vibe with some choice travel-inspired decor. Put up tiki torches and beach umbrellas, lay out some beach blankets and set up a mini-pool in your backyard for that Boracay feel.

Mix up fun drinks, like the famous Boracay cocktail made of rum, coffee, chocolate, and condensed milk. Lastly, blast pop music on loud for that nightlife excitement! Combine interior design ideas with great drinks for that fun Boracay experience.

2. Ilocos

Ilocos is a beloved hub of Filipino food and culture. The city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur is especially known for its history and cuisine and is one of the best travel locations for senior citizens and families. 

Recreate the atmosphere of Ilocos by bringing out your family’s capiz shell ornaments or embroidered decor, then put up photos of Calle Crisologo to transport yourself to Vigan. Play traditional Filipino music and cook Ilocos’ famous longganisa and empanada for your loved ones. Celebrate Filipino culture with these simple travel-themed interior design tips.

3. Siargao

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Siargao is a favorite beach paradise for travelers. It's especially famous for its big waves and surfing culture. Of course, unless you're spending the lockdown on the island of Siargao, you won't have access to these beach benefits for a very long time.

You can't bring the waves to your backyard, but you can easily recreate the Siargao beach vibe. Pop open a few beers and grill seafood in the backyard while you have ambient sounds of waves crashing in the background.

Host an outdoor movie night and watch Filipino beach movies, like the movie “Siargao” if you have a copy. You can still relive the chill vibe of this destination with a travel-inspired interior.

4. Manila

Even if you’re staying in the city, you probably miss going for a night out in the town with friends and family. It’s fun to dress up and attend events like concerts and performances with loved ones. Manila had a lot of rich cultural activities that sadly got canceled because of the pandemic. Large gatherings like concerts, plays, and musicals all had to close in this cultural haven.

Recreate a fun night out in Manila by dressing up at home and streaming a Filipino concert, play, or musical. Some local bands put out live performances during the lockdown, so why not watch these together with your friends for a virtual gig night?

The Cultural Center of the Philippines also uploaded many of their shows on their YouTube channel, while Tanghalang Pilipino has six of their plays and musicals currently streaming on iWant. Enjoy a night out in Manila from the comfort of your own home!

5. London

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There are lots of benefits to traveling, and going abroad is just as exciting as going around the Philippines. If you’ve ever been to London, then you know it’s a bustling city that’s home to diverse cultures and backgrounds. It’s a metropolitan city with lots of exciting events going on everywhere.

If there’s one thing the Brits are known for though, it’s their love of tea. They love it so much that the concept of “afternoon tea” has become embedded in their culture. Most Brits love to slow down for an afternoon tea with some biscuits, scones, and sandwiches. Why not try it out for your own relaxing afternoon?

Have the Beatles or Elton John playing in the background while you enjoy a cup of tea. Amp up the London atmosphere with interior design ideas like photos of the Union Jack, Big Ben, and the London Bridge.

6. Paris

Paris is such a lovely and romantic city. What’s more romantic than the idea of having a candle-lit dinner by the Eiffel Tower? Sadly, you won’t be able to go there with your significant other any time soon, but you can still bring the romance of Paris to your home with travel interior design ideas! 

Prepare a homemade French dinner for two. Dim the lights, play traditional French music and light some candles for that romantic atmosphere. You can even put up a picture of the Eiffel Tower as travel-inspired decor at home so you feel like you’re actually in the city of love. Cap off the night with French pastries and wine for the perfect Parisian evening with your partner.

7. Korea

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If Paris is the perfect city for couples, then Korea is the exciting destination for the solo traveler. K-pop and K-drama lovers everywhere flock to Korea for their culture, food, and entertainment. Tourists also love the country for its fun nightlife, reflected in its famous Korean barbecue and alcohol.

It’s easy to feel like you’re enjoying a night of food and drink in Korea at home. Just set up an electric griller, bring out the samgyeopsal, and prepare bottles of soju for everyone. 

Bring out other Korean dishes like kimchi or jjajangmyeon, and challenge your friends to a mukbang. Play your favorite K-pop songs for a really fun night, too! Don’t let the pandemic prevent you from enjoying the Korean nightlife indoors.

8. New York

New York is the iconic destination for every tourist. But with the global pandemic, the busy New York streets have gone quiet without their usual visitors. If you miss the thrill of being in New York, you’ll love how easy it is to bring the city to you.

Play your favorite Broadway musical soundtracks at home and hang pictures of iconic New York locations on your walls. Put up pictures of Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and other iconic places for that travel-themed interior design. 

Snack on New York-style pizza and end on a sweet note with New York cheesecake to wrap up your New York experience.

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You probably miss all the thrills of traveling. But with the current pandemic, you need to follow safety and health precautions by staying at home. 

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the food, music, culture, and entertainment of your favorite destinations though. Revisit your favorite places by recreating the activities they’re famous for and by creating a travel themed interior design so that you can still enjoy the thrills of going around the world. Once the pandemic eases worldwide, you can go back to all your favorite destinations all over the globe.