For now, it’s no longer an option to get on a plane, train or cruise ship and go wherever we want, but that doesn’t mean the passion for travel is lost. While a walk to your local park may be the biggest trip you’ve been on lately, there are many online resources that you can use to see and learn more about the world. Whether you want to go sightseeing, learn more about historical landmarks, or get a little more culture in your life, there is something for everyone. Read on for our top five resources for virtual travel!
See the world from every angle using Google Earth. All you have to do to get started is head to their website and hit the “launch earth” button. If you have a particular location in mind, you can use the search feature to head straight there. Looking to learn something new? Check out the Google Earth knowledge cards to learn more about the history, geography and culture of various locations. You can also choose to go on an adventure with their Voyager feature, or select “Feeling Lucky” to be taken to a surprise location.
Watch a live video
Watching a live video can be hit-or-miss, but is often worth the gamble. You can watch a sunset from a Thai beach, catch a Northern Lights display, or see what the gorillas are up to at the GRACE gorilla conservation centre in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
UNESCO is committed to promoting important cultural heritage sites around the world that are considered to have universal value. This includes places such as the Tasmanian wilderness, the Galápagos Islands, the Acropolis in Athens and the Taj Mahal in India. If you want to learn more about the most highly valued landmarks in the world, this is where you will find everything you need to know!
Take a virtual tour
There are multiple options for you to explore when it comes to visiting museums or having other cultural experiences around the world. For example. you can watch free nightly opera streams on the Metropolitan Opera website, or visit the British Museum in London. The Google Arts & Culture app has a ton of amazing features, allowing you to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery, walk around Parisian rooftops, or take a virtual tour of London street art. You can even use this app to visit European castles and important landmarks such as the Palace of Versailles, Buckingham Palace, and Edinburgh Castle. If you’re interested in looking out at some gorgeous vistas worldwide, you can also visit 360cities.net to experience 360 degree videos and photos of well-known landmarks.
Plan your next trip!
Many of us have cancelled our 2020 travel plans, but the world is still out there waiting! After exploring some exciting new locations online, decide where you’ll go on your next big trip and start planning. How long would you go for? What would your must-see spots be? What would your budget look like? Dreaming of your next big adventure can help get you excited about something and is a reminder that our current situation is temporary. Think of places you’d like to go internationally as well as here in Canada—There are some amazing places to explore in our own backyard!
We hope that at least one of these resources helps you to fulfill your desire to travel, at least for now. Happy virtual exploring everyone!