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10 Ways to Celebrate National Virtual Vacation Day

March 30 is National Virtual Vacation Day, and the past year has taught all of us that almost anything can be done virtually. You can attend a crucial client meeting, your best friend’s wedding and even take a college course over the screen — and you can even take a dream vacation!

Whether you’re stuck in quarantine, you just feel safer at home, or you want to save a buck on travel costs, here are 10 tips and trip ideas for celebrating National Virtual Vacation Day.

1. Set the scene

Wherever you decide to “go,” you can immerse yourself in the experience by setting the scene. Choose a spot in your home that is separate from your work and sleep areas. Then, try to recreate the setting you’d have if you’d actually taken a trip to your chosen destination. For example, if you’ll be virtually traveling to a rainforest, you can play soundtracks of real animal calls you’d hear in that setting. Are you going camping? Kill the lights and turn on the fireplace to get that campy outdoorsy feel. To go all out, recreate the aromas and tastes you’d encounter on your trip by whipping up a dish you’d find at your destination.

2. Grab a friend

It’s always more fun to travel with company. Share the experience with a friend by jumping on a video call together as you set out on your trip. You’ll compare your impressions as you travel and share the sights and sounds for the ultimate adventure.

3. Dress the part

We’ve all had the opportunity to master the “Zoom look” this year — yes, the one with the business-suit top paired with sweatpants and fuzzy slippers. But just because your trip is taking place in your living room, it doesn’t mean you need to dress like you’re binge-watching your favorite series on Netflix. Dress up as if you were actually traveling to your virtual destination, sunglasses included. It’ll make the experience feel a lot more authentic.

4. Scuba dive in Palau

Have you always dreamed of exploring the wonderful world beneath the sea? Now you can — without dropping a boatload of money on scuba gear. Check out this tour on YouTube for a fantastic 360-degree virtual scuba-diving experience in the clear waters of Palau.

5. Tour the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

Go on safari without getting jet lag! This 360-degree tour will help you get up close with the wildebeest, gorillas and other animals native to the African plains.

6. Explore the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska

If winter wonderlands are more your thing, you can hop on over to Alaska for a virtual tour of beautiful ice caps, enormous glaciers and frozen vistas you don’t see back home. Don’t forget your parka!

7. Across Europe in a Day

It’s time to take that jaunt through Europe you’ve always dreamed of taking! Here are some great virtual hotspots to visit while you travel through the continent:

  • London, England — Enjoy a guided tour through the city’s most famous landmarks.
  • The Windsor Castle — you closely follow the royals or you’re just mildly curious to see how they live, you’ll enjoy this virtual tour of this royal home and fortress.
  • Milan, Italy — This fascinating tour will take you through the metropolitan city of Milan and its most celebrated buildings and art exhibits.
  • Spain — Explore this beautiful country through these nine virtual tours.
  • The Louvre — Don’t forget to leave time for the famous Louvre museum in Paris.

8. The show must go on

If you love being entertained, you may want to include one of these venues in your virtual vacation:

  • Broadway — Broadway HD offers a seven-day free trial and front-row seat to plays like Macbeth and Swan Lake.
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra — The DSO offers viewers a wide range of options categorized by orchestral style (baroque, classical, romantic), women composers and composers listed in alphabetical order.
  • The Metropolitan Opera — The Met is offering free encore presentations from the company’s Live in HD series. Each performance is available for viewing for 23 hours.

9. An out-of-this-world adventure

If you’ve had enough of the wonders on planet Earth, check out what Mars has to offer on this mind-blowing virtual tour.

10. Transition gently

When you travel for vacation, the time you spend flying or driving back home serves as a gentle transition from vacation to your home life. If you’ll be vacationing virtually, you’ll need to actively create that in-between time for yourself to avoid a bumpy return. When your getaway is over, take a few minutes to relax, mentally review the sights and sounds you enjoyed and exhale slowly before getting back to your everyday routine.

It’s Virtual Vacation Day! We’ve got tips and trip ideas for you to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime — from the comfort of your living room.

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day While in Quarantine

Everything looks different now with the coronavirus pandemic raging, and Mother’s Day is no exception. You can’t take the family out for pizza or treat mom to a meal at her favorite restaurant, but you can still celebrate. Here are some ways you can make this day special for mom, no matter how far apart you may be.

Take a virtual trip together

Airbnb is now offering virtual experiences from around the world. Take a trip with mom and learn all about a new city, as well as its culture, from the comfort of your home. If your mom is an art aficionado, you can also check out virtual tours of famous museums like the Guggenheim in NYC and Musée d’Orsay in Paris. FaceTime with mom while you tour to make it a trip you take together.

Make a craft together

The nationwide lockdown has sparked a trend in old-fashioned crafting, like quilting, pottery and jewelry-making. Order matching craft kits from sites like Etsy and spend some quality virtual time with Mom working on your masterpieces together while chatting on the phone or video conferencing on Zoom.

Dine out at home

Dining inside restaurants is still not allowed in most states, but you can always order it. Pick up mom’s favorite dinner for the family. If you’re celebrating with your mom remotely, have her favorite meal delivered for both of you to enjoy in your own homes. Deck out your table in its finest and make it a joint experience by setting up a video conference while you eat.

Enjoy a custom photo album together

Sort through your old pictures and create a custom photo album on a site like Shutterfly. Make one copy for you and one for mom. Flip through the albums together while chatting on the phone or FaceTiming to relive some of the year’s best moments.

Send a spa kit

Let mom enjoy some pampering at home this year with a DIY spa kit. You can order a premade kit online, or create your own basket of specialty soaps, bath bombs, scented candles, a loofah, body brush, moisturizer, bath salts, massage tools, facial mask, scented oils, shampoo and conditioner. Throw in her favorite magazine and a CD with soothing music for the ultimate in relaxation.

Watch a movie together

Is there a movie you and your mom both adore? Watch it together on Mother’s Day, quarantine-style. Start the movie at the same time in your own homes, and keep up a steady stream of text messages about the movie instead of the live chit-chat you’d enjoy if you were really watching together. Make it extra-special by sending mom a homemade “ticket” to your movie, including the title and the official start time, and throw in some of mom’s favorite snacks, too.

Mother’s Day may be different from what you’re used to this year, but you can still make it an extra-special day for mom. She deserves the best!


How are you celebrating Mother’s Day at home this year?

7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at Home

April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, while many of us are staying home due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are still things we can do to celebrate the environment while we’re at home. Here are a few ideas to get started:

Plant a garden. Earth Day, April 22, 2020, is the perfect time to plant that garden you’ve always wanted. Garden centers and home improvement stores are still open around the country, with many offering curbside pickup. Add a burst of color to your property with a row of flowers, try your hand at planting a vegetable garden, or plant a tree!

Learn about recycling. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by learning about local recycling rules and refreshing your knowledge about what happens to the things we recycle. Share this information with your children as they are learning from home.

Use the My Disney Experience app to explore the world of nature from home. Check out the “Wilderness Explorers at Home” feature on the app for a virtual tour of nature’s wonders.

Learn about the plants in your neighborhood. Bring your daily walk around the neighborhood up a notch on Earth Day by looking out for plants in your area. You can use the Native Plant Finder website to find out which plants are native to your zip code. See how many of these plants you can find on your walk!

Watch a documentary about our planet. Celebrate Earth Day by watching a fascinating documentary about the Earth. Netflix is now running “Our Planet,” an incredible docuseries hosted by David Attenborough that features beautiful footage from around the world. You can also check out Disney+ for Disneynature’s “Elephant” and “Dolphin Reef,” which conveniently offer downloadable activity packets for kids.

Watch the NASA Science Live webcast. The space agency website will host a special edition of the webcast on Earth Day, April 22, at 1 p.m. PST, featuring agency chief Jim Bridenstine.

Join the Earthfest. The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is airing an all-day “Earthfest” on Wednesday. The live-streamed event will feature a full day of activities and education, including a “watch party” at 6 p.m. EDT, where participants can “hop aboard” a live flight to explore our neighboring planets.


How are you planning to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day?

International Credit Union Day!

October 18, 2018, will mark the 70th anniversary of International Credit Union Day. This year’s theme is “Find Your Platinum Lining.” It combines the traditional gift of platinum for 70th anniversaries with a play on the saying “every cloud has a silver lining.”

Credit unions all over the world will be celebrating the history and the success of the “People-not-Profit” philosophy. This year’s theme emphasizes the credit union movement’s loyalty to its members and its mission to provide them financial support and guidance.

The movement began in the 1840s as a democratic consumer cooperative by weavers in Rochdale, England. Frustrated by bankers who denied them loans simply because they weren’t wealthy, the weavers and workers decided to pool their incomes and loan money to each other. In time, this cooperation put each member on solid financial ground and encouraged their own businesses to flourish.

The need for equitable financial institutions grew and, in 1971, the World Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU) was created to help establish and maintain viable credit union movements. It has become the leading voice for advocacy and governance on behalf of the international credit union community.

Today, over 235 million people are served by credit unions in 109 countries and 6 continents.


Join us at our branch at 95 SW Taylor St., Portland, OR 97204 on Thursday Oct.18 to celebrate International Union Day by enjoying some treats! Questions? Connect with us.

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