Post your own recreations on social media with the hashtag #LeanIntoLeisure.

By Stacey Leasca
April 16, 2020
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Tanner Saunders

For now, traveling from your bedroom to your living room is about the best you can hope for. Maybe if you’re lucky you’ll have a long layover in the kitchen too. However, that doesn’t mean you still can’t dream about traveling again and maybe even get a little nostalgic about travels past. You could even join the legions of people posting some truly inspirational at-home recreations of previous trips around the globe.

A few weeks ago, Liudas Dapkus, a Lithuanian traveler, writer, and journalist, posted a simple idea to his Facebook page to help us all pass the time: Recreate your best travel photo in the funniest way possible.

“Choose the best /interesting/ funny/most original travel photo (finally a great opportunity to fix those photos!),” he wrote for the directions of this challenge. Then, get to work on your recreation as he did.

Hundreds of people have answered his call, sharing their posts on Facebook and Instagram.

Like Instagram user justtrytofly:

And _alena_valeri_:

And markos_adventures:

And no.more.wellie.feet:

And you know who else? A few of Travel + Leisure’s finest, that’s who.

Like associate digital editor Tanner Saunders who recreated this steller travel photo from his trip to Vietnam.

Tanner Saunders

“About this time last year, I spent the most dreamy week of my life at the Four Seasons Nam Hai in Hoi An Vietnam. Their incredible team set up a day for me to go to a local fishing village, but little did I know I’d eventually be cruising around in this adorable basket boat. Me and my roommate, Clay, decided to have a little fun with our own ‘fishing basket.’ (No Dysons were harmed in the making of this photo.)”

And deputy digital editor Nina Ruggiero, who recreated this iconic shot from a trip to Mexico.

Nina Ruggiero

“About two years ago, I spent a perfect long weekend in Cozumel, Mexico with one of my favorite travel partners, T+L's very own Stacey Leasca. We stayed at the Occidental Cozumel and were excited to take part in their scuba diving program — but high winds foiled our plans. Proof that sometimes plan B works out for the better, we went on an excursion to the island's quieter east coast instead, where a local took us on an unforgettable snorkeling adventure. Along the way, we stopped at this vibrant roadside stand for coconuts. Wine doesn't have the same hydrating power as fresh coconut water, and my sister's kitchen isn't as colorful as Cozumel, but we did the best we could.”

And associate digital editor Elizabeth Rhodes, who shared an extremely creative re-imaging from her trip to Paris.

Elizabeth Rhodes

“Is there anything better than springtime in Paris? Exactly one year ago, I was living in London, and I decided to take a quick trip to Paris for a few days. Picnicking is one of my favorite things to do in Paris, so I grabbed a bottle of wine, got some cheese and bread at a market, and headed to the Eiffel Tower for sunset. I may not have views like this at home, but thankfully, I do have rosé.”

Want to share yours too? Simply upload your before and after images to Instagram, tag us at @travelandleisure, and use the hashtag #LeanIntoLeisure. Who knows, we may even share your recreations too!