We all need an escape from the pressures of the pandemic… Virtual travel is the perfect way to enjoy the world from the comfort of your home!
With COVID-19 still lingering, freedom, health and safety is undetermined everywhere. Some countries are better off than others, it’s a difficult time right now to live a normal life.
Some countries have opened their borders for travelers, many have already jumped on the holiday bandwagon just to get away. But others are anxious to get back to normality with travelling, social lives, and work, and honestly who can blame them! There are ways to enjoy the world, but without the physical travel part.
We’ve done the research and found some amazing virtual travel opportunities to see world famous locations, artwork, museums, and music without leaving your home. We know this doesn’t compare to the real thing, but why wouldn’t you take an opportunity to travel the world, see the sights and make plans for the future.
So, here’s a few suggestions for different virtual travel opportunities…
The Arts and Culture Break
If wandering around museums or art galleries is your idea of a break… Then we have to suggest the Arts and Culture page from Google. They have really taken the time to bring together virtual trips to museums and galleries, while offering weekly cultural highlights that you can browse.
For us, the 360-degree videos were a highlight… and if you have children who have a passion for dinosaurs, then Google has got that covered as well. You can watch dinosaurs come to life in the Natural History Museums in London and Berlin.
This site also offers the opportunity to dive into famous artwork, wander around theatres and see the inside of a space shuttle. If you fancy travelling further a-field, visit the Orion Nebula, courtesy of NASA.
There’s a lot to see on this site, and it’s definitely worth a visit! https://artsandculture.google.com/explore?hl=en
The city break is a great favourite for a lot of us. It allows us to see the sites, in a relatively short period of time, and normally makes us step out of our comfort zone. A lot of popular cities have taken time to create videos and live-stream feeds you can watch at your leisure.
Here are a few of our favourites:
- The Sistine Chapel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k23ycl-8uCw
- Rome – total tour https://www.youvisit.com/tour/rome
- Milan – city tours https://www.360visio.com/en/milan-360/
- Madrid – https://www.360cities.net/image/virtual-tour-in-madrid
- Seville – https://www.lacatedraldesevilla.org/en/virtual-tour-cathedral.html
- Barcelona – https://www.thegeographicalcure.com/post/best-virtual-tours-of-barcelona
- Dubrovnik – https://youtu.be/Y8H9x9siv5A
- Pula – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keTdoqTGOlw
- Zagreb – https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=Q9MH8oztqaM
Walking and Activity breaks
Activity holidays are a tough one to manage given the current global climate… however, there are some amazing virtual hikes you can look at. Just to get a flavour, here are a couple we would recommend!
USA – Hike the Grand Canyon – https://www.google.co.uk/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/grand-canyon/
Ireland – Giants Causeway https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway/features/take-a-virtual-tour-of-the-giants-causeway
We know it will never compare to the real thing but there really is so much on offer allowing you to travel the world from the comfort of your own home. Once again, Google has provided a collection of virtual tours from climbing Mont Blanc to travelling down the Amazon – https://www.google.co.uk/maps/about/treks/#/grid.
You could even use this virtual travel opportunity to build your dream travel list for future opportunities! Create a bucket list of places and experiences that are a must-see. Then once the world is more comfortable with the idea of travel, you’ll have everything safely planned out for you to make every mile count!
If you’re interested to know more about what travel could look like post COVID-19, take a wander in our blog “Travelling after COVID-19, what could it look like?”.