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Armchair Travel

Travel picArmchair Travel is widely used within Aged Care Facilities. Generally speaking, it involves hiring a DVD about an interesting country, watching it together as a group and encouraging discussion

Other important aspects of armchair travel can also include poetry readings, music, games, art appreciation, multicultural foods and celebrations.

Amongst other things armchair travel provides an opportunity for residents to share their past travel experiences (reminiscence) and to provide a deeper understanding and enjoyment of another country or region’s history, culture and geography.


Below you will find different countries and places of interests.

There are links to

  • Posters (to pop on the walls)
  • Decorations to dress up your room or the whole facility (can be made prior to the day in Art & Crafts)
  • Passports (to allow your residents to travel)
  • Fact sheets (to print out for each resident)
  • Profiles (extra information) 
  • Cue Cards (to try your hand at different languages)
  • You Tube videos (to take you to different countries)
    The videos will run through your internet server and some unfortunately may include ads, this is beyond our control.
  • You may also find DVDs at your local library or video store.



























































































































Comments (65)

  1. Mickie Heaney / August 4, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Love this … the choices are huge 🙂

  2. Trish Marino / June 25, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Birgit
    Thanks for everything you do for this site I just love it and use your resources all the time.
    We are currently trying to connect our residents more with the majority of our care staff who are Nepalese.
    Is it possible to put together an armchair travel package from Nepal with all the trimmings of course flags, bunting etc .
    If you could it would be very much appreciated.
    Thank you for everything you do.
    Kind Regards Trish

    • BIRGIT / June 25, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks Trish, will get on to it.


    • BIRGIT / July 3, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      All done Trish 🙂


  3. Beth Monaco / October 8, 2019 at 12:44 am

    How about Jamaica?

    • BIRGIT / October 8, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Hi Beth

      Will add it to the list and have it up as soon as possible.


    • BIRGIT / October 10, 2019 at 1:53 pm


      Jamaica has now been uploaded

      Birgit 🙂

  4. Justin Dover / August 6, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Do have anything on Vietnam in Arm Chair Travel please

    • BIRGIT / August 7, 2019 at 6:45 am

      Justin will add it to the list.


    • BIRGIT / August 7, 2019 at 12:35 pm


      Vietnam has now been uploaded for you.


  5. Keira Brookes / June 25, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Hi is it possible to have something from Slovenia

    • Keira Brookes / June 25, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks so much this is a fantastic resource

    • BIRGIT / June 26, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Keira

      Am working on it for you, should be up in a couple of days.

      Thanks so much

      Birgit 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • BIRGIT / June 27, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Keira

      Slovenia has now been uploaded.

      Thanks so much 🙂

  6. Maria Geraghty / June 17, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you for this great resource. I would like to see something done for Ukraine please. Cheers, Maria

    • BIRGIT / June 17, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Maria
      Will have it up asap.


    • BIRGIT / June 18, 2019 at 5:33 pm

      All done Maria, Ukraine is now uploaded. 🙂


  7. Paula / May 9, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Hi, we have just admitted a gentleman from Hungary into our facility so appreciate one for Hungary. Not only do I use these for armchair travel but I also include them in the individuals file as a cultural resource fort he staff to look at.

    Cheers Paula

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / May 9, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks for your comment Paula, will get on to it asap, should be up next week.

      So glad these are assisting you.

      Have a great day 🙂

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / May 10, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Paula

      Hungary has now been uploaded.

      Birgit 🙂

  8. Marnie Quinlan / January 15, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    These are fantastic!Would love to see Turkey 🙂

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / January 15, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Marnie

      Thank you!!
      I am currently on leave, however will get on to it as soon as I am back.

      Have a fantastic new year.

      Birgit 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / January 22, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Marnie

      Turkey has now been uploaded for you.


  9. Tracy Lowe / December 26, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Hi, My residents have requested sri lanka, I was wondering if you could add that to the list please? Thank you so much

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / December 27, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Hi Tracy

      I am currently on leave, however will get on to it as soon as I am back.

      Have a fantastic new year.

      Birgit 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Tracy Lowe / January 2, 2019 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you so much xx

      • Tracy Lowe / January 20, 2019 at 2:01 pm

        Hi, sorry to bother you again, but im wondering if sri lanka would be done this month please? I dont mind, but if noone else needs it, i can just sort it out myself as we have the activity next week. I also want to thank you all for your hard work, this site is fantastic x

        • BIRGIT HEANEY / January 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm

          Hi Tracy
          Thank you for your lovely comments.

          Sri Lanka will be up middle-end of the week.


    • BIRGIT HEANEY / January 22, 2019 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Tracy
      Sri Lanka has now been uploaded.


  10. Paula / September 20, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Have just done armchair travel for the first time with my residents and they loved it . We did the Philippines as we have quite a few Filipino workers. Could you add Thailand to the list as I would like to do this country, as I have been here and have a few souvenirs that I can utilise.
    Cheers Paula

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / September 20, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Great to hear Paula, will add Thailand to the list.


    • BIRGIT HEANEY / September 25, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Paula

      Armchair Travel to Thailand and all relevant info has now been uploaded


      Let me know if there are any issues.

      🙂 🙂 🙂

  11. Justin Dover / July 3, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Any chance of having a arm chair travel to Africa

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / July 3, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Justin

      Any part of Africa in particular?….. I am currently working on South Africa.


  12. Heather Rattley / June 26, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Hi could you please add Australia, as lots of my residents said they would love to visit Australia sights 🙂 even though they live in Australia 🙂
    thanks Heather

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / June 26, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Heather

      I am in the middle of working on about 24 different countries. It is my plan to do an extensive Armchair Travel on Australia as it is going to be a huge project that deserves a lot of attention to do this great country justice. Hang in there and thank you for your patience.


      • Maureen / August 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm

        Hi Bridget perhaps doing one for each state. Utilized your information for a Day in New Zealand next is the Philippines as for some of our staff it is their homeland. Thank You for such informative activities

        • BIRGIT HEANEY / August 10, 2018 at 4:50 pm

          Thanks Maureen

          I was thinking the same thing, to cover most if not all touristy things state by state would work better.

          I’m pleased you are find this section beneficial ????

  13. Wendy MacLean / June 21, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Any chance of Venice Italy?
    Kind regards

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / June 21, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Hi Wendy

      Will add it to the list for you.


      • Wendy MacLean / June 28, 2018 at 11:00 pm

        thank you

        • BIRGIT HEANEY / June 29, 2018 at 3:11 pm

          Hi Wendy

          Venice, Italy has now been uploaded. We are also starting to add room decorations that your residents are now able to create in Art & Crafts.


  14. Kylie Pole / June 9, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    The Philippines would be great as alot of our staff are from there.

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / June 9, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Will add it to the list Kylie.


      • BIRGIT HEANEY / June 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm

        Hi Kylie

        Sorry for the delay, Philippines has now been uploaded.


  15. Wendy MacLean / May 17, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Do you have anything on Alaska?
    Kind regards

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / May 17, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Will add it to the list Wendy.


      • Wendy MacLean / June 21, 2018 at 9:21 pm

        Thank you I used it today 🙂

        • BIRGIT HEANEY / June 21, 2018 at 9:57 pm

          Great to hear, hope it went well.


          • Wendy MacLean / June 28, 2018 at 11:01 pm

            it went great thanks

  16. Di / May 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    I would like to armchair travel to Greece please.

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / May 16, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks Di, will add it to the list and have it up asap.


    • BIRGIT HEANEY / May 18, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Di

      Greece has now been uploaded.


      • Di / May 21, 2018 at 10:19 pm

        Birgit.. Thank you for the prompt response and fast facts on Greece, very much appreciated. Di

        • BIRGIT HEANEY / May 22, 2018 at 9:09 am

          My pleasure, enjoy 🙂


  17. Marcia / April 23, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Could I possibly have armchair chair travel to New Zealand, Hawaii and Switzerland have residents very interested in these countries

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / April 23, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Hi Marcia

      Will add them to the list for you.


  18. Michelle Lewin / April 11, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    We have been doing arm chair travel for a while now and your information is great. I have had a meeting with our chef and from May he will be preparing lunch and afternoon tea from the country we are travelling too. We will have menus on the tables and set the dinning rooms up in that countries colors etc. It’s great to have the backing from the kitchen as it will take the activity to another level of enjoyment for our residents.


    • BIRGIT HEANEY / April 11, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      That’s fantastic Michelle, our chef used to do it for me to where I worked, it makes for a wonderful day.

      If there are any countries you need specifically let me know. I am currently working on a few more.

      Birgit 🙂

      • Michelle Lewin / April 11, 2018 at 2:54 pm

        Thanks Birgit. I will let you know. We have set our next three countries to give the chef time to research and prepare, and we haven’t done some that you already have.
        Well done on your fantastic website


  19. Katja Jefferys / February 20, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Love it!!!! The German one looks awesome and fantastic to give youtube links so we can use it on our laptop which is connected to the big screen.

    America would be great as I could combine it with The Oscars as well…..

    What about the following countries:

    Ireland as it would be great around the time of St Patricks’ Day
    Indian – a beatuiful rich and colourful culture
    Either Serbia, Croatian or Polish – Slovak countries are really beautiful and interesting
    The Netherlands

    I probably sound greedy?

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / February 20, 2018 at 10:34 am

      😀 not sounding greedy Katja… gives me a plan to work with.

      I like to hear which ones you need.

      Thank you for your comments.

    • BIRGIT HEANEY / February 26, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Katja,

      Ireland Armchair Travel has now been added to assist you.


  20. julie murray / September 24, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you so much. Love this idea. will be a great help in planning our armchair travel Activities. Would you be able to do one on America as I am planning this country very soon. Much appreciated.


    • BIRGIT HEANEY / September 24, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you for your support Julie, is there anywhere in particular in America or just in general.

      Will do my best for you.


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