Amazon Explore is gifting Prime users a free vacation right from home—here’s how to book yours

A global experience, straight to you, courtesy of Amazon Explore

Hilltop town of Matera Italy with UNESCO heritage caves
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As we inch closer towards normalcy, some of us have begun booking that long-awaited getaway. But if you're still hesitant to hop aboard a flight in the near future, Amazon Explore offers an option to jet set right from your living room. Even better? There's a way to access these international experiences at no cost! 

In late 2020, Amazon Explore launched with an effort to bring a little piece of the globe directly to people at home, wherever that might be. The offerings go beyond what you’d expect from a remote experience—visitors can travel all over the world, join an experienced host for a live stream, and even shop local stores in the area in which they are (remotely) traveling. Plus, everything is private, so no need to worry about virtual tourists getting in the way.

So for those who are looking to dip their toes into the travel waters once more but would like to start out slowly, Amazon Explore is an excellent place to begin. You have the option to meet sloths in Costa Rica at the Toucan Rescue Ranch, learn how to make fresh pasta with the Toscana Mia Sisters in Italy, take a tour of Kyoto and much more. Cooking classes, gallery tours, magic shows—they're all up for grabs! 

London City Tour: The Modern Royals | ($10) (opens in new tab)

Get an insider's look at all-things royal with this behind-the-scenes tour of the British monarch's favorite places. Plus, you'll be able to learn interesting tidbits about the world's most famous family along the way. 

Peruvian Pisco: a virtual cocktail class | ($35) (opens in new tab)

Get a taste of Peruvian culture right from your kitchen as you learn how to prepare its famous cocktails, the Pisco Sour and a  Chilcano drink.

Toucan Rescue Ranch Animal Meet and Greet | ($27.30) (opens in new tab)

Get up close and personal (well, virtually) with the furry friends at the Toucan Rescue Ranch—sloths, otters, owls, monkeys, and more. 

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How do I get an Amazon Explore experience for free?

Right now, Prime members are entitled to try their first live virtual experience up to $50 for free! The only thing you need to do is type in the code FREEFUN to access the perk. For all the details visit Amazon Explore (opens in new tab).

When the timing does feel right to book a flight, make sure to scope out the best travel hacks and travel companies to help you take full advantage of that time away from home. 

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.