Just as we were nursing some hope of the world going back to normal and possibly, travel opening up again, we were hit by another news:
A delta variant, really?
For the past several months, a lot of people have been locked in a place – and they would love to explore now. Even if they were not naturally travelers before, all that has changed.
If the current indications are anything to go by, though, that is not going to happen anytime soon.
Fortunately, you don’t have to leave your location physically to explore the world anymore.
Where can you go?
With virtual travel, anywhere.
The best part of this deal is that more virtual travel platforms, services, concepts, and ideas are coming up daily.
Depending on your interests and hobbies, here are some of the most intriguing options to pursue:
- Museum tours – check out the various museum tours that Google has on its Arts and Culture section, for example. Top museums worldwide are also hosting private virtual tours that take you through the ins and outs of the establishment like you were there.
- Safari exploration – join a safari tour to enter the hearts of Africa, taking in the wild and enjoying the magnificence of those animals without any of the risks or costs involved.
- Get underwater – the Great Barrier Reef experience allows you to swim alongside some of the biggest sharks in the world, stealing a sneak peek at the underwater world and coming back in a dry suit still.
- Get random – with Window Swap, for example, you can dive in and automatically get teleported to any number of windows all around the world. See the world via someone’s window, getting into what’s happening in Greece, what a typical day in Singapore looks like, and more.
Making the most of virtual travel
Before you get on your first virtual travel experience, these tips will help you enjoy yourself better:
- Choose what interests you – or check out something that you have been curious about. You only have to search – and you’ll find a way to see another part of the world from your home.
- Get your gears ready – if you were streaming a documentary, for example, your internet-enabled device would be all you need. For some more immersive experience, you might need VR gear.
- Ensure you have access – some virtual tours are location restricted, and you don’t want to find out too late. If you still want to go on them, download a VPN and connect to the supported server location to gain access.
- Enjoy – although the experience won’t be as immersive as being there in person. If you give yourself to the program, though, we can promise that you’ll truly enjoy every bit of it.
Virtual travel is not the same as physical travel, granted, but this half loaf is truly better than none.
While we allow the world to heal and everything else to recover, virtual travel gives us a window to escape to other worlds beyond our current reach. That, we can say, is a laudable and judicious use of all the tech around us.
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