• View of Cape Point in South Africa

    South Africa Safari... and Far, Far More

    As you may have heard, penguins are nowhere on or even near the list of the Big Five animals that make up the Holy Grail of an <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">African safari</a>. Elephants, rhinos and Cape buffalo would trample them. Any lion or leopard would see a beach full of black-and-white appetizers. But if you’re ready to make your bucket-list safari happen, it’s worth remembering that there’s much more to Africa than the alpha animals of the veldt. Travelers who invest all of their time in the deep wilds only scratch the surface of what the continent has to offer.<br><br>The country of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">South Africa</a> is the perfect place to realize your Big Five safari fantasies and to counter-balance them with sightings that are just as amazing: Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, vineyard trails that lead to world-class wine tastings, the teeming townships that have risen in the wake of apartheid and—yes—penguins. You can have it all on this new <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> trip without committing to the weeks of travel time that many safaris entail.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group of penguins going into the water" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SeP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DKv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Of course, the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">safari days</a> are just what you hoped they would be. You’ll be in the Phinda Private Game Preserve, native habitat for lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffalo and rhinos... as well as other species such as cheetahs. What’s unique about Phinda is how the Indian Ocean has influenced the climate, creating seven distinct ecosystems in closer proximity than almost anywhere else. The animals you came to see live naturally within easy range. From <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">your luxury lodge</a> within the preserve—complete with spectacular chalets, swimming pools and fine cuisine—you go for drives and walks with the highest chance of success that you’ll witness the animal behavior and get the photos you hoped for. (The big regret of many safari veterans is the endless hours they spent in Land Rovers without ever spotting a leopard.)<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Leopard on a termite mound" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SeP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DL5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">safari </a>is the climax of this carefully curated trip, but it’s hardly the only high point. You start in Cape Town, rightly known as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, as you’ll see for yourself on the cable car ride to the top of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">Table Mountain</a>. Some of the most important chapters in the history of apartheid were written here. You’ll visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for nearly 20 years. Your expert local guide will be candid about the social impacts of the policy and take you for a revealing visit to Langa, the oldest of the cultural townships erected after apartheid. In the spirit of ubuntu—humanity towards others—you’ll deliver soup ingredients to the kitchen of a small school and meet the children.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View from Table Mountain at sunset" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SeP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DL0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>One of the most momentous geographic spots on earth is the Cape of Good Hope where 15th-century Portuguese navigators first reached the turning point around <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">Africa’s southern tip</a>. You’ll see it from high above from a walking trail at Cape Point. Nearby on Boulder Beach, you’ll come face-to-face with the flock of African penguins that nest there. You’ll also settle into Stellenbosch, the town at the heart of the Cape Winelands. World-class vineyards sweep across scenic hills in an endless patchwork. You’ll take a lovely walk on a wine estate in the Franschhoek Valley and enjoy tastings in boutique wineries. How perfect is it that one of the wine trails just happens to intersect with an artisanal bakery, a wine bar and a sweet shop full of traditional Cape desserts?<br><br>From your first glimpse of Cape Town to the ultimate thrill of spotting a leopard draped across the limb of a tree, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">South Africa</a> will exceed your expectations. By all means, go for the Big Five... but plan on returning home with a thousand other great memories.

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  • Marrakech

    Passport to Morocco: How to keep traveling virtually

    A warm welcome to Morocco!<br><img alt="Welcome to Morocco, door entrance hotel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT4T" style="height: 530px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>We&#39;re taking to armchair travel to satisfy our wanderlust, and this week we&#39;re whisking you to Morocco. Here&#39;s how to explore this magnificent nation from the comfort of your own home.<br><br><br><b>Make yourself a Moroccan tea</b><br><br>Mint is one of the oldest culinary herbs known to mankind. A refreshing dash makes almost anything more tasty. And its medicinal properties have made it one of the most commonly used herbs.  Benefits that many have seen with mint include aiding with digestion and improving breathing disorders, as well as keeping your breath fresh longer. (And with all of us in the house on top of one another, who doesn’t benefit from that?) Here’s how to make the best cup of mint tea ever. (Trust us; we’ve drunk a lot of mint tea.)<br><img alt="Moroccan green tea in Marrakech" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT44" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>What You’ll Need: 8-10 fresh mint leaves, 3 tablespoons of green tea leaves (or a green tea bag), 3 tablespoons of sugar, boiling water.<br><br>Pour half of the boiling water into a mug or teapot. Add mint leaves, green tea and sugar, then pour over the rest of the water. Let it brew for about 3 minutes and pour from a height into a glass or mug, just like they do in Morocco.<br><img alt="How to make and pour Moroccan green tea" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lTDa" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>Then sit, sip and enjoy the rest of this blog.<br><br><br><b>Have a Hammam At Home</b><br>  <br>As soon as we land in Marrakesh or Fes, the first thing many of us at Classic Journeys do to overcome the fatigue and stress of jetlag is to head straight for the hammam!<br><br>Originating in Morocco, the ancient bathing ritual of the hammam aims to cleanse your body with pampering baths and massages set in a peaceful environment. This easy DIY five-step process will help you cleanse, nourish, and rehydrate your skin, while being profoundly relaxing and rejuvenating. You can recreate the hammam experience today, by simply following these easy steps to enjoy the bathing experience of a lifetime in your own home.<br><br>STEP 1: Get steamy<br>Start by creating steam room-like conditions in your bathroom by insulating windows and door gaps with towels so no steam can escape. Run a hot shower and drench yourself in the water, which will help relax any tension in the muscles. Feel the steam soften your skin.<br><br>What You’ll Need: A scented candle<br><a href="https://www.rituals.com/en-us/the-ritual-of-hammam-scented-candle-1101653.html" target="_blank">Rituals</a> have a Hammam scented candle we also like <a href="https://www.tocca.com/products/marrakesh-candela" target="_blank">Tocca</a>&#39;s Marrakech-inspired candle. <br><a href="https://www.rituals.com/en-us/the-ritual-of-hammam-scented-candle-1101653.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Rituals Hammam Scented Candle for DIY Hammam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lSyp" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>STEP 2: Soap up<br>Apply a thin layer of black soap all over your body and let the product work its magic for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing it away.<br><br>What You’ll Need: Black hammam soap <br><a href="https://kahina-givingbeauty.com/shop/kahina-beldi-soap/" target="_blank">Kahina</a>&#39;s version incorporates eucalyptus, <a href="https://www.aynarabeauty.com/products/beldi-black-soap-1" target="_blank">Aynara</a> make a traditional Beldi Black Soap and the Parisian brand <a href="https://beautyprophet.com/products/cinq-mondes-beldi-black-soap?_pos=1&amp;_sid=de88b3d5d&amp;_ss=r" target="_blank">Cinq Noir</a> also sell a version.<br><a href="https://kahina-givingbeauty.com/shop/kahina-beldi-soap/" target="_blank"><img alt="Moroccan black soap for DIY Hammam at home" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lSyu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>STEP 3: Scrub away<br>Prepare your kessa glove prior to the bath by soaking it in warm water for about 30 seconds and letting it dry. Rub the glove in circular motions all over your body to remove dead skin cells. Don’t rub too hard, though – kessa gloves are abrasive and over scrubbing can hurt your skin.<br><br>What You’ll Need: Hammam kessa glove<br><a href="https://zakiasmorocco.com/collections/exfoliate/products/kessa-exfoliating-mitt-rough-smooth" target="_blank">Zakia&#39;s</a> do rough and smooth versions, both made in Morocco. <a href="https://www.rituals.com/en-us/the-ritual-of-hammam-kessa-glove-5470.html" target="_blank">Rituals</a> also make a glove.<br><a href="https://zakiasmorocco.com/collections/exfoliate/products/kessa-exfoliating-mitt-rough-smooth" target="_blank"><img alt="Zakias traditional Moroccan kessa glove for DIY hammam at home" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lSyz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>STEP 4: Clay time<br>Are you the potter or the clay? Time to find out! Add Moroccan red clay powder, also known as rhassoul clay. Mix it with a splash of water and apply it to your whole body, including your hair. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes and rinse off. Fun fact: rhassoul clay can be used as both hair mask and shampoo.<br><br>What You’ll Need: Moroccan red clay powder<br><a href="https://www.sheamoisture.com/beauty-hack-moroccan-rhassoul-clay/764302217619.html?cid%3DsemShopping_SkincarePRODUCT_GROUP&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQjwsYb0BRCOARIsAHbLPhGPq5D1WDneLjRVBK-GtxyKl5o1xapVSHuha-df3DCguoJm30AZYz8aAg8oEALw_wcB&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank">Shea Moisture</a> make a Moroccan Red Clay Powder, as do <a href="https://www.nowfoods.com/beauty-health/red-clay-powder-moroccan" target="_blank">Now Solutions</a>.<br><a href="https://www.sheamoisture.com/beauty-hack-moroccan-rhassoul-clay/764302217619.html?cid%3DsemShopping_SkincarePRODUCT_GROUP&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQjwsYb0BRCOARIsAHbLPhGPq5D1WDneLjRVBK-GtxyKl5o1xapVSHuha-df3DCguoJm30AZYz8aAg8oEALw_wcB&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank"><img alt="Moroccan red clay powder for DIY hammam by Shea Moisture" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lSz4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>STEP 5: Oil it up<br>Liberally apply argan oil to your skin while it’s still moist to allow full penetration of oil goodness. Massaging your body with oil helps combat dehydration and will keep your newly soft skin smooth and supple.<br><br>What You’ll Need: Argan oil<br><a href="https://theordinary.deciem.com/product/rdn-100pct-organic-cold-pressed-moroccan-argan-oil-30ml?region=US&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQjwsYb0BRCOARIsAHbLPhGy4Ke8KZJ9Ak1-H_xof9DvbSffL7jkryk0J5f0vg21KZwuHatcO-QaAkxZEALw_wcB&amp;ccm=6afb414ca0a748bd85ed7ead6c4e6729f133993f2fd49d2697d9aa1f3700dc05f70102cb1d00da802a8fe86a4f7a904b2cc58b019d79610ab89b7e00b33f328bc753a4096d6833cfdfd104393f7b6d2e84dd3ebf03201d39b9ba718c630b116ab10838fff1b235af0db054530982ad01a47c331a4fb6246dcbf148ca53cae28e470178596bf84cd1702ecc8826a107ea&amp;ccvis=1" target="_blank">The Ordinary</a> do a bottle and <a href="https://www.moroccanoil.com/us_en/body-care-pure-argan-oil-us?gclid=Cj0KCQjwsYb0BRCOARIsAHbLPhEt0KZZQ85XWLkd6Iil5I0l1UsgMpqrEb2EEzGZsz-Qt1MuaLxdC88aAuk8EALw_wcB" target="_blank">Moroccanoil</a> is a popular brand for this.<br><a href="https://theordinary.deciem.com/product/rdn-100pct-organic-cold-pressed-moroccan-argan-oil-30ml?region=US&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQjwsYb0BRCOARIsAHbLPhGy4Ke8KZJ9Ak1-H_xof9DvbSffL7jkryk0J5f0vg21KZwuHatcO-QaAkxZEALw_wcB&amp;ccm=6afb414ca0a748bd85ed7ead6c4e6729f133993f2fd49d2697d9aa1f3700dc05f70102cb1d00da802a8fe86a4f7a904b2cc58b019d79610ab89b7e00b33f328bc753a4096d6833cfdfd104393f7b6d2e84dd3ebf03201d39b9ba718c630b116ab10838fff1b235af0db054530982ad01a47c331a4fb6246dcbf148ca53cae28e470178596bf84cd1702ecc8826a107ea&amp;ccvis=1" target="_blank"><img alt="The Ordinary argan oil for DIY hammam at home" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lSzJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><br><b>Fun Facts</b><br><br>Morocco was the first country to recognize the U.S. as a sovereign nation. On December 20, 1777, the Kingdom of Morocco became the first country in the world to recognize United States independence, only a year and a half after the U.S. Declaration of Independence was issued.  <br><br>Goats climb Argan trees! These cleverly climbing animals can be best spotted around Essaouira and Agadir. There they try to nick the fruits and happily chomp away before the fruit&#39;s harvest season in early summer.<br><img alt="Goats climbing trees in Morocco on luxury Classic Journeys tour" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT7S" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Morocco exports wine… to France! Due to its high mountains and cooling influence of the Atlantic, the Moroccan wine industry is experiencing a revival and expansion not seen since the colonial of French occupation before 1956. While wine making in Morocco dates to the Phoenician settlers and grew rapidly in ancient Rome, large-scale viticulture was introduced into Morocco by French colonists. Then in the 1990s, several large Bordeaux-based wine companies entered into partnerships with Moroccan winemakers and these have been successful in reviving the Moroccan wine industry. In fact, the Castel brand Boulaouane is the best-selling foreign wine in France! And the wine is not just going to France. Moroccan law does not prohibit the production of wine, beer or alcohol, just their sale to Muslim customers; and wine can be purchased in supermarkets and restaurants.<br><img alt="Moroccan wine on a luxury culture and walking tour with Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT7c" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Morocco is roughly the size of California and has about the same number of people: 36 million in Morocco to 39 million in California.  <br><br>The oldest university in the world is in Morocco. Education is hugely important to Moroccan people. In fact, the Karawan mosque in Fez is the oldest university in the world, built in 859 AD by Fatima al-Fihri.<br><br><br><b>Cook a traditional tagine</b><br><br>Tea mastered, take things up a notch and cook an authentic Moroccan tagine. Whether you use a skillet, crockpot or traditional tagine pot, this delicious dish transports you straight to the streets of Morocco in a fruity, meaty stew infused with African spices.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tastes-of-morocco-chicken-tagine/" target="_blank"><img alt="Authentic Moroccan tagine" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lU8v" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>Best of all, it&#39;s super easy to make! Find the Classic Journeys all-time recipe for chicken tagine with caramelized apricots <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tastes-of-morocco-chicken-tagine/" target="_blank">here</a>. <br><br><br><b>Meet a Moroccan </b><br><br>This is Classic Journeys guide, Saida.<br><img alt="Luxury walking and tour guide Saida" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lTD1" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>And here&#39;s her account on what life is like in Morocco right now:<br><br>“In Morocco, social distancing is like torture to us. We love to be together and hug each other all the time, even if we don’t know each other. When walking with a friend, we are close to each other a lot, to the extent sometimes, we hold hands with each other like lovers, even when we are not.” <br><br><br><b>Travel through the TV</b><br><br><img alt="Watching netflix in coronavirus lockdown" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT8W" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>Many of Morocco&#39;s sights can be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch<span style="font-size: 12.0pt;"><span>—</span></span>the nation&#39;s varied landscape has been used for all kinds of TV show and movie settings over the years.<br><br>On the Netflix show &quot;<a href="https://www.netflix.com/title/81038022" target="_blank">Breakfast, Lunch &amp; Dinner</a>,&quot; Episode 2 follows David Chang and Chrissy Teigen as they explore the foodie wonders of Marrakech. <br><br>Amazon Prime has the movie classic <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Casablanca-Humphrey-Bogart/dp/B001EBWING" target="_blank">Casablanca</a>, which follows the story of American ex-pat and nightclub owner Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogard) as he decides whether or not to help his former flame and her husband escape Morocco during WWII. The same streaming service shows <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Gladiator-Russell-Crowe/dp/B00470TOV0" target="_blank">Gladiator</a><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;"><span>—</span></span>parts of which were filmed in Ouarzazate which you can visit on our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank">Morocco family tour</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank">Fez to Marrakech culture + walking tour</a>.<br><br>Watch (or re-watch) <a href="https://www.hulu.com/series/game-of-thrones-6a787bf6-cc23-47a2-a2f3-747e22c30d1c?&amp;cmp=8651&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=BM%20Search%20HBO&amp;utm_term=+hbo&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQjwsYb0BRCOARIsAHbLPhHURURMx9sF_9tY-bmCHs4YljLAUxtarkVwliSGEwOgTuEr4ZqVLxYaAvnREALw_wcB&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank">HBO</a>&#39;s Game of Thrones. The Moroccan city of Essaouira was used as the filming location of Astapor, home of the Unsullied. You can visit this as part of our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-luxury-tour-package/" target="_blank">Marrakech, Coast &amp; Desert Multisport trip</a>.<br><br><b>Call friends and family with our</b> <b>Zoom Travel Backgrounds</b><br> <br>While people all over the planet are practicing social distancing, video conferencing tools like Zoom and Facetime have become a lifeline.<br><br>They allow us to communicate with colleagues as we work from home, hang out with friends for virtual happy hours and keep in touch with family.<br> <br>To incorporate your video chats with armchair travels, we’ve developed some Zoom travel backgrounds of Morocco for you!<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/morocco-zoom-travel-backgrounds/" target="_blank"><img alt="Zoom virtual background camel in desert Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT78" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>Here’s how to change your background in Zoom:<br> <br>1. Right click on any of the backgrounds we’ve created <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/morocco-zoom-travel-backgrounds/" target="_blank">here</a> and select “Save As” to save to your desktop.<br><br>2. Once you’re video chatting in Zoom (make sure you have the most up-to-date version), select the small arrow to the right of the “Stop Video” button on the bottom control bar.<br><br>3. Click “Choose Virtual Background,” select the “+” button, and upload your saved background image from your desktop. Un-check the “Mirror Video” button.<br><br>Suddenly, you&#39;ll find yourself in the middle of a Medina, on the back of a camel or overlooking Marrakech&#39;s bustling main square.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/morocco-zoom-travel-backgrounds/" target="_blank"><img alt="Zoom Virtual Background by Classic Journeys morocco market" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT7D" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><br><b>Visit a Moroccan Museum</b><br><br>In the country&#39;s capital, Rabad, the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is open virtually for tours of the Face a Picasso’ exhibition. Begin your virtual tour <a href="http://picasso.visite360.ma/" target="_blank">here</a>, then use the drop down in the top right corner to view the different rooms. <br><img alt="Face a Picasso tour in Mohammed VI Museum Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk6Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT1j" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><br><b>More in our <i>Passport To The World</i> series: <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/passport-to-usa-travel-virtually/" target="_blank">USA National Parks</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/passport-to-new-zealand-travel-virtually/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/passport-to-canada-travel-virtually/" target="_blank">Canada</a></b>

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    Use these Morocco Zoom travel backgrounds for your next video chat

    While many of us are working from home as the world unites to stop the spread of coronavirus (with many thanks to those frontline workers who are unable to work remotely but are vital to containing the COVID-19 outbreak), we’re still seeking ways to connect with our loved ones, friends and colleagues. <br><br>Luckily, technology like Zoom, Facetime and video conferencing is allowing people to hang out - whether a group standup meeting, a virtual happy hour or a simple catch up with family. <br><br>Yet wouldn’t it be fun to catch up with your cousin from the back of a camel, rather than your couch? Well we’ve got something for you.<br><br>We’ve created these Zoom travel backgrounds so you can travel virtually while staying at home. <br><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk98&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT5H" style="height: 271px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Here’s how to change your background in zoom: <br>1. Right click on any of the images we’ve created and select “Save As” to save to your desktop.<br> <br>2. Once you’re video chatting in Zoom (make sure you’re using the most up-to-date version), select the small arrow to the right of the “Stop Video” button on the bottom control bar.<br> <br>3. Click on “Choose Virtual Background,” select the “+” button, and upload the background image of your choice from your desktop. Un-check the “Mirror Video” button.<br> <br>Happy virtual traveling! <br><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk98&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT5R" style="height: 271px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk98&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT5W" style="height: 271px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk98&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT5b" style="height: 271px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk98&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT5g" style="height: 271px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fk98&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lT5l" style="height: 271px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><i>More Classic Journeys travel Zoom backgrounds: <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/us-national-parks-zoom-travel-backgrounds/" target="_blank">US National Parks</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/new-zealand-zoom-travel-backgrounds/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a></i>

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