How to travel the world without leaving your seat

Written by:
Lucie Sadler
Date Posted:
27 March 2020

Get your culture fix without the queues

Virtual experiences
A lot of you might be confined to your homes during these uncertain times, but that shouldn’t curb your wanderlust. Thanks to the internet we have behind-the-scenes access to many of the world’s top attractions, opening up a whole host of opportunities to explore from the comfort of your homes. 

Escapism comes in many forms, so why not use your downtime to explore some virtual cultural experiences? 

Famous landmarks
With the help of Google Earth, viewers can visit areas of cultural, social and historical significance around the world.

Take a tour of some of the world’s most iconic locations from the Taj Mahal to the Great Pyramid of Giza. Viewers can even heighten their Google Earth experience if they own a VR headset, and submerge themselves into the virtual tours. 

In the UK, English Heritage sites such as Whitby Abbey and Dover Castle are featured on Google Arts & Culture, sharing the history and stories behind iconic architecture and design.

Museums & galleries
Art lovers rejoice! Google’s Arts and Culture leg has partnered with over 2,500 galleries and museums around the world to offer virtual video tours of current exhibitions. Viewers can also access high-definition images of famous works of art, with the chance to look in close detail at brushstrokes and use of colour.

Always wanted to visit the Guggenheim, Musée d’Orsay or Rijksmuseum? Now’s your chance – choose a museum you’ve always wanted to visit, without the ticket prices or queues. 

Theme Parks
Theme Park aficionados may enjoy taking some virtual tours of famous parks, as well as watching (unofficial) YouTube videos of the rides in action (you have to use your imagination here).

Walt Disney World and Legoland Florida are just a few of the parks that you can explore!

Space travel
Want to escape Earth completely? Then why not visit another planet through 3D, 360 images that have been recorded by NASA. NASA also has a free Space Center Houston app which lets people explore VR experiences, take selfies and follow an educational audio tour of the Space Center.

If you want to explore more space travel, there is a YouTube video which allows you to travel and discover all of the planets. 

National parks
Many US national parks have virtual tours on their websites and via Google Earth. The sweeping panoramas of Yosemite, The Grand Canyon and Yellowstone can be accessed from your armchairs without even needing to hike.

In the UK, Kew Gardens, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace Gardens can be explored using Google StreetView, as well as following the webcams placed in different parts of the Lake District.

We hope that this list gives you some ideas! If you find any other interesting virtual tours or pursuits, tweet us @hyve

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