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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 (36)

  1. Paula / Reply 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 / Reply September 20, 2018 at 2:35 pm

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


    • BIRGIT HEANEY / Reply 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.

      :) :) :)

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

    Any chance of having a arm chair travel to Africa

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

      Hi Justin

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


  3. Heather Rattley / Reply 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 / Reply 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 / Reply 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 / Reply 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 ????

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

    Hi Any chance of Venice Italy?
    Kind regards

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

      Hi Wendy

      Will add it to the list for you.


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

        thank you

        • BIRGIT HEANEY / Reply 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.


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

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

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

      Will add it to the list Kylie.


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

        Hi Kylie

        Sorry for the delay, Philippines has now been uploaded.


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

    Do you have anything on Alaska?
    Kind regards

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

      Will add it to the list Wendy.


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

        Thank you I used it today :)

        • BIRGIT HEANEY / Reply 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

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

    I would like to armchair travel to Greece please.

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

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


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

      Hi Di

      Greece has now been uploaded.


      • Di / Reply 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 / Reply May 22, 2018 at 9:09 am

          My pleasure, enjoy :)


  8. Marcia / Reply 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 / Reply April 23, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Hi Marcia

      Will add them to the list for you.


  9. Michelle Lewin / Reply 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 / Reply 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 / Reply 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


  10. Katja Jefferys / Reply 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 / Reply February 20, 2018 at 10:34 am

      :D 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 / Reply February 26, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Katja,

      Ireland Armchair Travel has now been added to assist you.


  11. julie murray / Reply 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 / Reply 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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