Residents at Brookside care home managed to see the world with each other, but did it all without boarding a single plane.

In life, it’s not where you go, but who you travel with. Brookside care home has managed to rally the entire home and see the world, and they did it all without boarding a single plane.

The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) Brookside recently completed a round-the-world virtual cruise.

Employees, residents, friends and families joined together to create this unusual virtual cruise, and went to great lengths to ensure that they got some extra special “stamps” in their passports this year.

“In addition, the Brookside activities team have dressed up in local costume, served local drinks and played music throughout the day which is traditional to the country being visited,” Home Manager, Jamie Carter, said.

Residents were able to experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of various exciting and different countries, and treated to a multi-sensory experience, which will have evoked memories for some, and intrigued and inspired others.

 “It’s been a really great opportunity for the residents to still experience the world, even though they’re not able to get out as much as they used to,” Jamie said.

The places they visited included: Spain, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, New York, Canada and Australia, before docking for the final time in Iceland, where a Winter Wonderland themed party was staged. 15 family members and friends helped in decorating the home for each of the destinations and came along to celebrate the spectacular finish.

“It’s been a really great opportunity for the residents to still experience the world even though they’re not able to get out as much as they used to.”