The feeling of anticipation right before a trip, excitedly packing everything, running through to board a flight, smell of the roads while you travel your way and the freshness of the new place you step into, these are some of those emotions that we dearly miss as we haven’t been able to travel anywhere recently. The pandemic made sure that we remain stuck in our homes and has officially halted all our travel plans for the near future. But that does not necessarily mean you cannot appreciate the beauty from afar. You heard us right! Traveling virtually has now become a thing ever since several countries have put restrictions and been under lockdown for the citizen’s safety and well-being. Let’s dive into some of the fantastic ways to do so and conquer our wanderlust from the comfort of our homes.
Before we go into the digital world, let’s keep things a little school, shall we? For the longest known time, books have been regarded as the gateway to another world. We tend to enter a world that is purely out of our imagination that becomes a great escape from our everyday lives. This could be a great way to virtually travel and not to forget, it's super budget-friendly! We would suggest looking for books that are about the idea of traveling, exploring a particular city, or a fictional story that transports you into some other world.
When we enter the digital world, videos are a great and viable option to see and experience the world with our eyes if not in person. YouTube has a plethora of videos to choose from. It has a wide range of travel shows, travel vlogs, or travel journeys of people all over the world. In fact, YouTube is basically the world’s most robust digital travelogue library. It is bursting with some amazing travel experiences that you get to witness and enjoy from the comfort of your home. You want to witness a guy travel all alone, a luxurious trip of a couple, something adventurous, or a list of countries you bucket-listed, you can find it all in a single place. Start your digital journey and begin exploring!
If you are not such a big fan of reading books but love to watch documentaries or travel stories, Movies are just a superb alternative! With so many OTT platforms available, you can stream across a wide range of movies that have travel stories or documentaries about a particular place! You can grab your popcorn and witness the wonders of the world from your couch.
If you are someone who fascinates and dreams about visiting places of historical and cultural significance, we have just the right option for you. Google Earth is now offering 3D Virtual tours of 30 iconic World Heritage sites. You name the place and it is there! The magnificent Taj Mahal, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Great Pyramid of Giza, Stonehenge, and a lot more. You can scroll through the list of sites that appear on the screen, zoom in from a Space Station view to a bird’s eye view. Isn’t this super amazing? With just one click, you can be anywhere in the world, from the Taj Mahal in Agra to the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. What are you waiting for? Go give it a try and experience the world!
Virtual Tours of Museums, Theatres
For those who miss the cultural delights of visiting museums and theatres, the wonders of the digital world await you. With Google Arts & Culture tours of museums like the Van Gogh Museum, the British Museum, and the Louvre to name a few, you can now witness the charm of the Mona Lisa up close! Each tour is different from the other and will leave you absolutely awestruck by witnessing this reality virtually!