If you’re feeling your wanderlust kicking in and your vacation days are still not behind the corner, you may start to consider some alternatives. Luckily, the last two years gave us some new options to choose from, given that most countries closed their borders and we had to be creative to escape the monotony of our everyday lives. If you’re still struggling with figuring out how to kill time, we came up with a list of activities to engage in.
1. Virtual Museum Tour
Even though traveling to foreign countries may be on hold for a little bit longer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some fine art in the meantime. Since the Louvre tends to be on every true art enthusiast’s bucket list, they now offer immersive virtual exhibitions for everyone to enjoy. The tours are organized around specific artists and concepts, and they also have a unique VR feature for those who want to engage all their senses.
2. Streaming a Travel Show
Those who like to explore the world from their bed with a bowl of popcorn can join scientist and film producer Albert Lin on his journey to unveil some of the most exciting secrets of the world’s lost cities. From tracking down the mysterious city of El Dorado to diving into the origins of Stonehenge and Machu Picchu, Lost Cities with Albert Lin is a fantastic show that will give an insight into some of the most interesting relics of ancient cultures. However, some streaming services have a geo-restriction on their content, meaning that you may have limited streaming access. If you want to bypass limitations, a VPN is the way to go. For example, if you want to watch a show available only in the US, switch your VPN server location to the US, and you’re good to go.
3. Virtual Hike
If you enjoy beautiful nature, but you’re not a fan of sore muscles that often come with an actual hike, order a pizza and give a virtual walk a try. There’s plenty of daring tails to choose from, but we suggest exploring the Yellowstone National Park during the snow. It’s truly a unique experience that’ll bring an instant touch of a winter fairytale into your home. However, if you’re more adventurous and love a good adrenaline rush, you can try to reach the peak of the tallest mountain in the world – Mount Everest. Enjoy the breathtaking view without worrying about your oxygen supply.
4. Virtual Tour
With today’s technology, you can stroll through the Sahara Desert, and just a few minutes later, you can cool yourself down in the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean while swimming with dolphins. If you can’t decide what to explore first, one of our top picks is a virtual tour of the Amazon Rainforest. Google’s 360 ° view will give a true first-hand experience since Google included even some locals in the project to keep the whole experience as authentic as possible.
Virtual travel can’t replace the real thing, but it can open up some new horizons, and if you haven’t already, we encourage you to try. It can be an amazing self-care remedy. If you’re having a horrible day, choose a distant destination, pour yourself a glass of wine, and let your mind wander.