With coronavirus anxiety in full swing, there's a lot of fear and uncertainty floating around. Weddings and honeymoons are no different! With people's dream weddings and romantic getaways having to be postponed -- in some cases, indefinitely -- everyone is trying to adjust with all the sudden upheaval.
It's a difficult time, to be sure. Not only are trips being canceled, but some couples are finding themselves stranded at home due to quarantine orders and social distancing efforts to help curb the spread of the virus. With the web at their fingertips, however, couples can take miniature digital honeymoons at home to experience some of the attractions they might have enjoyed on their actual trip.
I know, I know -- it's not the same. Far from it. But for now, we all have to make the best of a tough situation. And we could all use more ways to escape, and halt cabin fever in its tracks! So when the same old Netflix shows and social media feeds start feeling tedious, check out our picks for the top ten "quarantine honeymoon" experiences for those couples who had to trade their dream trip for the quarantine life -- at least for the time being.
A Night at the The Metropolitan Opera
What could be more classy than a honeymoon night out at the opera? For a very limited time, New York's Metropolitan Opera is streaming its shows online for free, on its website and on The Met's official streaming app. Tune in each night at 7:30, or watch the next day -- each HD performance will stay online for 20 hours. In-person performances have been canceled at least until March 31st. But you can still cook a nice meal at home, pour some wine, and cozy up to the opera without fear of catching or spreading the coronavirus! Upcoming streaming shows include Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” and more. The Vienna State Opera is doing the same thing, so check out what's playing on their website as well! Just keep in mind that due to the time difference, the Vienna Opera's streaming shows happen in the afternoon instead of evening.
Catch a Brand New Theatrical Release at Home
With the coronavirus hitting movie theaters hard, Universal recently announced they would be fast-tracking a limited selection of their movies currently playing in theaters to on-demand streaming services like AppleTV and Amazon. This way, couples can watch their much-anticipated new releases like The Invisible Man, The Hunt, and Emma without having to go into a crowded theater. CNN reports that select movies will become available to be rented for $19.99 for 48 hours. At many theaters, that's slightly less than the cost of two adult movie tickets. And since you'll be watching from the comfort of your living room, you won't have to pay extra for overpriced popcorn!
"Visit" The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
Google Arts & Culture allows web users to browse the collections at world-famous art museums across the globe. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is one of our favorites, but there are tons of others as well...think names like MoMA, Musée d’Orsay, and Uffizi. Many more of the most prominent museums and galleries in the world offer viewings, so unlike a regular honeymoon, you can hit five museums -- in five different countries -- all in one day!
Catch a Live Concert
With music festivals and concerts being canceled because of the virus, many artists are wasting no time scheduling live, online streaming performances for their fans. NPR has compiled a list of many of the biggest ones, and it includes a diverse range of acts like John Legend, Dropkick Murphys, and Major Lazer. Of course, you can always catch all kinds of musical performances online from YouTube channels and other outlets, but knowing it's being performed live makes it all the more special.
Take a Home Safari from the Cincinnati Zoo
You might not be able to go to the Zoo right now, but the Cincinnati Zoo's "Home Safari" program can bring the zoo to you! They feature a new animal daily on a Facebook Live stream, with activities for animal lovers to do afterward if you need more to keep you busy. If you don't have Facebook, the videos are uploaded each day to their YouTube channel so you don't have to miss out just because you're not on Facebook.