Covid-19 vaccination rates are picking up around the world. Infection rates have been falling, and countries are gradually easing restrictions ahead of the summer and tourist season. Slowly but surely, it seems like we are beginning to see the end of the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, a substantial segment of the global population is still homebound.
Many countries have gone back to re-imposing lockdowns as Covid-19 cases surge due to new variants. As a result, travel opportunities are understandably quite limited at this time. But there are ways to explore the world without leaving our homes.
Through high-tech panoramic cameras and live webcam footage, you can experience top destinations across the world from the comfort of your own home. With virtual travel, you can transport yourself to any part of the globe in the blink of an eye. Here are some fantastic ways to experience some of the world’s best destinations without leaving your home.
Virtual Museum Tours
Google Arts & Culture has partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries across the globe to provide virtual experiences for art enthusiasts. Going on a virtual museum tour is the perfect way to gain a cultural and educational experience without stepping out of your front door. Explore The Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, the Vatican, and more from the comfort of your living room. The opportunities are nearly endless.
Online Zoo Experiences
Many zoos, aquariums, and wildlife sanctuaries worldwide are streaming their most famous attractions live for all to see. Catch live footage of pandas, giraffes, sharks, lions, tigers, and penguins at your favorite zoo. Animal lovers can enjoy views of their favorite animals on around-the-clock webcams at some of the world’s most famous zoos, including Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Diego Zoo, and Atlanta Zoo.
See the World’s Best Sights
For the explorers, you can enjoy views of the best attractions in the world from the comfort of your home. Whether you are craving a sandy beach vacation or a European adventure, it’s all right there on the internet. Visit Machu Picchu virtually and explore one of the greatest lost civilizations in the world without leaving your home. Take an online tour of Buckingham Palace and learn about Britain’s royalty. You can also experience the world’s best beaches virtually.
Explore Popular National Parks
Thanks to Google Arts & Culture and the National Park Service, you can tour iconic national parks across the globe from the comfort of your own home. Take in the awe-inspiring views at Yellowstone National Park through these unique virtual tours. You can also catch sweeping views of the spectacular Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona at any time of the day. Here are other virtual national park tours for you to enjoy.
Explore the World through Film and TV
You can explore the world vicariously through travel film, TV, and travel documentaries. There’s plenty of travel content on Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and YouTube. You can also watch travel films in other countries to experience different cultures. However, you won’t be able to see content from other countries on your Netflix catalogue without the help of a VPN. You can use the app to tweak your IP address and unlock more content.
As far as the fight against the novel coronavirus goes, things are looking up. However, it’s going to be a while until we can safely venture out again. In the meantime, these virtual experiences can help us travel to some of the best places on earth without leaving our homes.