While recent technological advancements have been making virtual reality experiences a more common phenomenon over the last few years, the COVID-19 pandemic is helping to make them pretty commonplace in many households worldwide.
As people have spent the better part of the last year stuck at home, whether due to lockdowns, curfews, self-quarantining, or simply out of fear for their health, depression and loneliness have been on the rise. If you’re feeling stir crazy and longing to travel somewhere new, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are plenty of fantastic ways to explore the world virtually in 2021. So, kick back, relax, and follow us on our virtual journey around the world.
What You’ll Need
Before you get started on your virtual journey, there are a couple of things that will really help optimize your experience. First, you’ll want to download a VPN. Connecting to various VPN server locations will allow you to access region-specific content, so you can explore content that may not be available in your country.
You should also consider getting a VR headset. These days, you can find some reasonably priced options that are compatible with various internet-equipped devices. A VR headset can add a whole other dimension to your travel experience, especially if you want to do things like take rollercoaster rides or really get lost in the scenery outdoors.
Travel Programs and Vlogs
One of the easiest and most accessible ways to take a virtual field trip is to stream travel programs and subscribe to travel vlogs. With a considerable rise in demand over the last couple of years, you find shows, series, movies, and vlogs about everything from food and culture to outdoor adventures, luxury, iconic places, and more.
Explore the Seven Wonders of the World
Something you probably wouldn’t have gotten around to even if COVID-19 hadn’t come and put the world on lockdown is traveling to the Seven Wonders of the World. The New York Times, Google, AirPano, and Panoramas each offer some pretty impressive virtual tours of The Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal, the Colosseum, Machu Picchu, The Pyramids of Giza, and all the other marvels.
See Some of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth without Freezing
Many beautiful places in the world are so bitterly cold that some of the beauty can get lost if you’re standing in the middle of them. Now is your chance to explore them in the comfort of your living room – no jacket required. Take a 360-degree tour of Antarctica’s ice caves or see places like the North Pole and Norway.
Visit Your Favorite Theme Park without Waiting in Line
Another plus-side of virtual travel is that you can visit your favorite theme parks and ride the rides without ever waiting in line. From Disney World to Legoland and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they’re all open to virtual tourists and offer exciting, interactive, and thrilling virtual experiences. Get an adrenaline fix on some of the most popular coasters in the world, or gather the kids for some wholesome family fun.
Check out the virtual destinations in our travel list above to keep yourself entertained while quenching your thirst for life without having to leave your couch.
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Fuente. Periódico Digital Centroamericano y del Caribe