Best ways to explore the world during lockdown
The lockdown has changed how people around the world do things. Travelling and going on holidays has become impossible for most people due to travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines. However, what if you were told that there is a way you can still see the world?
While there is no directive on when it will be safe to travel again with the same freedom as before, technological advancements have made it possible for travel lovers to see the world without leaving their homes. Here are ways to see the world without leaving your house.
Virtual Museum tours
Google art and culture partners with more than 2500 galleries and museums worldwide on a project that allows anyone from anywhere in the world to tour these spaces virtually. From visiting the National Gallery of Art in D.C to the Pergamon museum in Berlin, all the partnering museums give tours of the latest exhibitions. Pick a museum and go there without having to leave your home.
Virtual Zoo tours
If you are the type of person who loves animals, your options are endless when it comes to the number of zoos you can visit virtually. Dive into the world of penguins, beluga whales and pandas by virtually visiting the Monterey Bay aquarium or any other zoo you can think of. If you have kids, this can be the perfect opportunity to introduce them to new animals without travelling to another country or continent.
Take a Virtual Hike
Panoramic videos make it possible for you to know how a hiking train is like before physically visiting the location. With this technology, you can visit all the best hiking trails without leaving your home. From the Inca Trail to the GR20 and the odd-defying Angel’s Landing, you can be anywhere you wish to hike with one click of a button.
Stream Travel Programs
Different subscription channels like the Discovery channel and YouTube channels offer virtual travel programs you can watch to go to different places worldwide.
Whether you want to live vicariously at sea or follow a travel blogger as they traverse different parts of the world, including parts you have never thought of exploring, you can be sure that there is a channel for every travel idea you have. You can consider downloading a VPN to change your virtual location. This way, you can have access to more content including geo-restricted ones.
Ride a Rollercoaster
It is that time of the year where families visit theme parks to spend time with their kids as they enjoy wild rides on roller coasters and slides. Thanks to virtual reality technology, you can bring the adrenaline of riding a rollercoaster to your sitting room through videos that allow you to virtually participate in different activities in any of the world-famous theme parks. Even when stuck at home, you can spend your weekend doing something you enjoy, like riding the Six Flags superman roller coaster.
Visit an Opera House
While different opera houses remain closed to the public, most of them, including the New York City Opera House, are streaming opera sessions every day. This gives you a front-row seat to world-famous performances from the comfort of your home. You can video call your friends and loved ones to enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity together.
Explore the Seven Wonders of the World
For most people, visiting as many wonders as possible is somewhere on their travel bucket list. With virtual technology, you can visit all seven wonders without burning a hole in your travel savings. Panoramas, Google, The New York Times and AirPano are offering virtual tours to all the wonders of the world, including a tour of the Pyramids of Giza.
Whether you want to visit space, famous landmarks on different continents or a local museum, all your bucket list travel destinations are only a click away. The possibilities are endless thanks to advancement in technology.