Eight fun ways to bring the horrors of travel to your own home

Missing travel? From terrible food to wearing the same clothes for three days, here's how to bring it back in the comfort of your own home. 

HEAT UP A TERRIBLE TV DINNER

There's no need to sit on a plane to enjoy a far-too-small microwavable dinner of questionable cuisine. You can do that from home! Just heat up your tray, balance it on a small table pushed into your chest, and away you go. Needs more salt? Too bad!

GET SUNBURNT

Nothing says "travel" quite like a lobster-red back and shoulders because you figured the sun here wouldn't be as bad as Australia. So head on outside and do the same to yourself here. While you're at it, get someone in your family to give you some misguided and unnecessary hair braids. Have them charge you a lot of money for it.

WATCH A MOVIE ON YOUR IPAD

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You're probably at home where you have a perfectly good TV. But if you want to feel like you're flying again, if you want the experience the thrill of entertainment at 40,000 feet, then you need a much smaller screen and much worse sound.

BUY ONE COFFEE AND PAY FOR TWO

Coffee is just so cheap when you don't have to buy it in an airport. To get back into the swing of the travel cappuccino, next time you head down to support your local café with a takeaway, buy one and pay for two. Ah, an $8 flat white. That's the stuff.

SLEEP ON A DECK CHAIR

Again, completely unnecessary in the home environment, but a valuable touchstone to the travel experience. The humble nap takes on a whole new nostalgic significance when it's done on the most uncomfortable piece of furniture in your possession.

TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR SOUVENIRS

That miniature Eiffel Tower you brought home from Paris? It's your sole connection to the outside world. Amuse yourself by taking photos of it from creative angles that make it look like the real thing.

GET UP AT 2AM AND READ A BOOK

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Remember jet-lag? That feeling of being bizarrely wide-awake at the absolute wrong time of the day? Well, you can get in touch with it once again just by setting your alarm for 2am and reading a book.

WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES THREE DAYS IN A ROW

Give that shirt the sniff test. A little too aromatic? Then it's perfect for at least one more day of wear. Travel requires the frequent recycling of clothes that should really be consigned to the washing machine, and it's easy to take that practice into your home life.

See also: Twenty things you never thought you'd miss about travelling

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