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#TravelFromHome Videos Are Trending Right Now On TikTok Because We Can’t Escape The Real World

Andy Warhol predicted a time everyone would have 15 minutes of fame. He was nearly right – it is actually 15 seconds. That is the maximum duration of a video clip with music (non-music clips can last up to a minute) on TikTok, the video-sharing platform that has taken the world by storm as so many of us are under safer-at-home orders.

For many the social media platform offers an escape from the very real and often very scary world that we are all trying to get used to amid a global pandemic. For others, the platform is trying to offer a literal escape through hilarious #TravelFromHome videos. They’re everything I want in a viral video right now and I couldn’t be happier.

Despite the global lockdowns, everyone is still traveling…without leaving their living rooms.

The pandemic is forcing people to get creative if they want to hold onto those dreams of flying up, up and away again. Social media users are now one-upping each other on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook by recreating scenes of themselves roaming through airports, gazing out of airplane windows, and even missing their flights.

TikTok is the social media sensation of lockdown and here’s why.

Popular with the under-25 crowd who make up its core audience, TikTok this year surpassed Facebook and WhatsApp as the world’s most downloaded non-gaming app.

TikTok’s content doesn’t take itself too seriously, and ranges from food to fashion, pranks to pets – as well as the ubiquitous dance challenges. It is a perfect fit, in other words, for the lockdown, when many of us are stuck inside and in desperate need of some fun/distraction. This may be why, even if you haven’t downloaded it, you suddenly find, clogging up your social media, clips of Justin Bieber dancing to I’m a Savage by Megan Thee Stallion, or Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez swapping outfits to Drake’s Flip the Switch. It seems everyone from doctors and nurses in PPE to bemused parents quarantined with teenagers are flocking to the app – and sometimes going viral in the process.

So what is this #TravelFromHome challenge all about?

Let’s start with this incredible ski vacation that was filmed by Philipp Klein Herrero. He had his annual family ski trip planned but had to cancel because of the Coronavirus pandemic. So he got creative. And the results are incredible.

He used his GoPro and a stop-animation technique to recreate his trip, hoping to cheer up family and friends. When he posted the video to YouTube he ended up reaching an audience of over 600,000.

How did this TikTok’er make it to a beautiful beach during a lockdown?

Oh wait…he didn’t.

This TikTok star is causing some serious travel envy…

But why?! It’s all fake. And I’m living for it nonetheless.

Then there’s clip of a wannabe business class traveler arriving to his tropical beach destination.

The now viral video shows what looks like a business-class passenger enjoying the luxuries of business class travel: a cocktail in hand, tray table down, and arriving into a tropical paradise.

But a few seconds later – as the camera moves backwards – we see the big reveal. The ‘plane window’ is actually the door of a washing machine and that beautiful tropical scenery – a YouTube clip playing on an iPad placed inside.

The clip was created, with the world grounded, by the would-be ‘passenger’, Jeroen Gortworst, who hails from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and uploaded to TikTok, where it has been viewed millions of times. He told the Daily Mail that he only spent about 10 minutes dressing the set with all the props with his boyfriend.

He added: “I’m really surprised by how popular it has been. The video got 40,000 views on TikTok.” Then he saw it had been posted on Facebook where it had racked up millions of views.

But don’t worry if you don’t have an expensive washing machine. A coffee mug will do.

Apparently, it’s totally fine to also use short clips of copyrighted (read: popular) songs on TikTok. In one viral video, Dina Butti, an Egyptian Canadian living in Dubai, edited her take with Bob Marley’s “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” Marley tells us “Don’t worry about a thing” as Butti pretends to stare out her plane window while actually gazing into her washing machine door. Others have cleverly placed screens behind toilet seats – anything that mimics that classic airplane oval shape seems to work.

We’ve even got people using baby laundry detergent bottles to trick us…

Is nothing sacred??!

And apparently surfing is still in option during lockdown… You just can’t actually go into the ocean.

Just don’t try doing this at an actual beach. Even in Florida where apparently the governor has reopened the state’s beaches despite the ongoing threat of Covid-19.

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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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In 2009, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that almost 5.4 million people in the United States live with paralysis. Still, despite how common this is, few people understand the condition of paralysis and how it affects a person’s daily life. Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Tawil, of New Jersey, recently set out to explain the experience on TikTok last year.

Since her first post in November, the TikToker has garnered over 1 million followers with content that focuses on her experience of being paralyzed from the waist down.

In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil explained an exercise that might give people a chance to understand the sensation of being paraplegic.

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In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil shared an exercise with her followers that demonstrates how it feels to not be able to move a ligament. In this case, it’s your finger. According to Buzzfeed, Tawil came across the exercise after looking through posts related to disabilities. “I remember feeling so blown away because my legs felt the exact same way as my finger did,” she said.

“Not many people know too much about paraplegics and their capabilities, so I wanted to be that light to inform, educate, and even entertain people,” Tawil explained to BuzzFeed. “I want people to know what it’s like to be paralyzed … so that they can be a little bit more appreciative of what they have and remain humble.”

Tawil’s video demonstration currently has over 12 million views.

Tawil explained that a kidnapping and car accident led to her paralysis when she was in her teens.

Tawil explained that the accident took place on Nov. 15, 2014, when she went to a friend’s house in high school. When she arrived, Tawil discovered that men were present and instantly felt uncomfortable when she further learned that they had brought drugs and alcohol.

“When I eventually asked them to take me home, they took me to an abandoned road instead. When we got to this road, the driver stopped the car and put his foot on the gas and brake at the same time, doing a burnout with his wheels. He lost control of the car and crashed into a tree,” Tawil explained. “It was at this moment that I got whiplash, split my head open to the point where my skull was exposed, and sustained a spinal cord injury — leaving me paralyzed the moment we crashed,” she said. “Paramedics said that I lost the equivalence of a ‘Coca-Cola bottle of blood’ out of my head, and didn’t think I’d make it if they drove me to the hospital. So they drove me to a nearby soccer field where a helicopter airlifted me to the ICU. From there on, I went through seven months of rehab and remained permanently paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.”

Speaking about her injury, Tawil says she was “robbed of my ability to use the bathroom normally (I depend on catheters and enemas).”

Sadly Tawil says her experience led to her reclusiveness and weariness to trust others. Still, she finds that her disability comes with positives. “On the positive side, I have become a lot more spiritual and grateful to have been given another chance at life,” she told BuzzFeed. “My accident has emphasized the fact that we are not promised tomorrow, and that we should always be grateful for the simplest things in life… I also want to show people how I live my life in the present day — what is life like as a wheelchair user? — and devote my channel to being a blog where people can get to know me on a lot more of a personal level.”

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The TikToker Who Put Fleetwood Mac Back On The Charts Will Perform At The Inauguration’s Virtual Parade

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The TikToker Who Put Fleetwood Mac Back On The Charts Will Perform At The Inauguration’s Virtual Parade

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TikToker Nathan Apodaca has been giving many of us hope as he’s seemed to have had a pretty great past year – despite everything that’s been going on in the world.

Now, it’s been announced that he’ll get to participate in this year’s presidential inauguration festivities. Thanks to white nationalist terrorists and threats made against several targets in the nation’s capital, that inauguration will look very different this year but we’re still excited to see what Apodaca comes up with for his part in the virtual parade.

Nathan Apodaca, known on TikTok as @420doggface208, will take part in a virtual inauguration event.

TikTok star Nathan Apodaca, who went viral in 2020 for a video in which he drinks cranberry juice from the bottle and lip-syncs along to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” will be a part of President-elect Joe Biden’s virtual “Parade Across America” inauguration celebration, local Idaho newspaper the Post Register reported.

Apodaca, an Idaho Falls resident also known by his social media handle “DoggFace,” became one of the country’s top social media stars last fall after one of his videos, filmed on the way to work in September, went viral. The success of the video not only brought Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks to TikTok to create Apodaca’s vibes, but also catapulted the 1977 single “Dreams” into a Billboard Hot 100 chart placement in 2020.

Apodaca’s agent, yes TikTokers have agents these days, told the Post Register that his contribution to the virtual event will be a video of him skateboarding that was filmed in his home town of Idaho Falls.

The event, “Parade Across America,” is a reimagination of an in-person inauguration parade.

This year’s inauguration will look very different from years past. Not only is it coming on an historic attack against the U.S. Capitol, but it also won’t include the outgoing President and First Lady.

The event is being dubbed the “Parade Across America” and is a sort of reimagination of an in person inaugural parade. Both President Biden and Vice President Harris are set to participate in the festivities after they’re sworn in and make a brief visit to Arlington National Cemetery. The event will feature people and representatives from all 50 states and several U.S. territories

Other stars joining include Jon Stewart, Andra Day, and The New Radicals, uniting for the first time in 22 years to perform their iconic song “You Get What You Give.”

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