Virtual tours around the world to "travel" to during the global COVID-19 lockdown
In a time where technology reigns — we have it good. Nothing has verified these sentiments more than the current time of COVID-19. Thanks to the Internet, it has revolutionised the way we communicate, do business — and now, travel. Yes, even with a global health crisis pressing the pause button on our daily lives, our future escapades can now be fulfilled through virtual escapism. Safe to say, no packing's involved in this.
Ready a glass of Pinot Noir and nestle within your best arm chair, an alternative modern-day salvation comes in the form of VR travel experiences. It is where you'll feast your eyes on the world's leading museums, iconic monuments, street art, and awe-inspiring places. All just a few clicks away from your electronic devices.
Google's global arts and culture tour
The Google army has done it again. But this time, their groundbreaking talents have shifted into the art and culture sector. Seeking some creative inspo whilst confined to the walls of your own home? Look no further, Google Arts & Culture website will rally access to art from over 2,500 museums. Not only can go on a virtual tour to popular gallery destinations from Paris all the way to Seoul, but you can also check out eye-catching art murals and must-see public street sculptures along the way. Not a fan of the arts? No problemo — irresistible monuments including the historically stunning Taj Mahal, Palace of Versailles, Great Pyramid of Giza, and the Colosseum in Italy will sate your appetite for iconic attractions.
Central Park, New York
Fancy a peaceful stroll down New York's legendary Central Park? This virtual tour will take you around various sites, alongside an audio tour to expound the significant historical events that took place in Central Park. The notion alone that Friends' opening was inspired by the Central Park fountain in the Grand Army Plaza is enough to spur a little bit of joy whilst staring at your screen — in the midst of bleak events.
The Royal Parks, London
News of UK going into a coronavirus public lockdown means our vacation trip to the British land is coming to a bitter end, right? Wrong. Well, partially. Google Street View has blessed us with a way to witness some of London's picturesque greenery. The tour will allow viewers to screen-watch Hyde Park and Kensington Garden. Although you may not catch a glimpse of the Royal Queen herself, the Royal Parks will do for now.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon's towering cliffs and edge-of-your seat views are enough to take your breath away. Marvel at its colourful rock layers up close and educate yourself on its all-encompassing billion-year-old history. The tour will begin at the popular South Rim viewpoint, overlooking spectacular canyon views, with historial tidbits along the way.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Hiking may not seem like the brightest idea, let alone accessible in our current climate. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't have a crack at e-climbing. Comprising of a series of virtual tours, this virtual hike will take you on a String Lake expedition lined with views all the way from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, USA. Discover its abundant wildlife, local plants, and the history behind it — eschewing the strenuous 13,770-foot hiking effort. You won't burn calories, but you might still be able to release endorphins. Here's to hoping.
Graffiti tours, Argentina and Sweden
From the Talking Walls of Buenos Aries to Artscape 2014 in Sweden, these guided tours are not to be missed. Viewers can hit the streets of exotic lands and stare in awe at the colourful artwork sprayed onto concrete blocks. You don't have to be an art-nerd to enjoy this tour. Just grab a snack from the kitchen, get comfortable, and scroll through the creative clips to your heart's content.