After spending the winter day dreaming of getting away with the current global pandemic on your long-earned summer vacation, it is unlikely that we will be jumping off anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t discover the world and plan the ultimate trip! Thanks to the wonders of technology, we can now explore every corner of the world from the comfort of your home. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know to travel the world virtually!
Thanks to the technology, it is easy to quench your wanderlust from any room in your home! With Google Maps, you can explore almost any destination in the world thanks to the Street View option. Many people have started using this feature to explore while locked. However, it also gives you the perfect opportunity to plan the ultimate vacation as soon as we are allowed to travel again.
But it’s not just Street View, many of the world’s most famous travel destinations and museums are now offering guided tours and tours of their exhibits and behind-the-scenes attractions. From the British Museum to the national parks in the USA, you are spoiled for choice!
Top travel destinations
Do you want to be inspired? We’ve rounded up some of the top destinations for you to explore virtually. We cover some of their most famous Street View attractions as well as the best virtual attractions that have their exhibits open for virtual tours!
There is no greater destination than the city of love. Pour yourself a glass of vino, put on your beret and get ready for the Champs-Élysées!
Start your journey on this famous avenue and enjoy all the sights of the city at the famous Arc du Triumph. Follow the boulevard to one of the most coveted museums in the world, the Lourve.
But you don’t just have to admire it from the outside! The Lourve gives you virtual tours of some of the most popular exhibitions so you can still see the Mona Lisa in all its glory without having to push past the crowds!
After all this art and culture, transport yourself to the Eiffel Tower. You can explore the grounds in Street View, then jump to the top of the tower for a virtual tour of the city’s most famous landmark. Exploring Paris has never been easier!
The UK capital is a popular travel destination that has a lot to offer anyone who wants to visit it virtually.
There are so many attractions overlooking the street that you will be spoiled for choice. Popular attractions include Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament, the chic townhouses of Nottinghill and the trendy streets of Camden Town.
London offers many virtual tours of some of its most famous landmarks. Choose from Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Tower of London, 10 Downing Street and Hamptoncourt Palace. Visit London even put together a virtual tour of London to do the tough part of an itinerary!
There is no city that tops as many bucket lists as Rome. The Eternal City is a popular tourist attraction that is busy every summer season. But now you can explore it without the crowds!
You can create your own tour on Street View, taking in the sights of the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Colosseum as you go.
But why look outside when you can take a virtual tour? Some of Rome’s most famous landmarks have opened their doors online including the Colosseum, Vatican Museum, including the Sistine Chapel. Why not combine this virtual tour with all your favorite Italian foods from pizza, pasta to ice cream to take you to the famous streets of the city?
The city that doesn’t sleep has been badly hit by the pandemic and is the epicenter of the virus in the United States. But that doesn’t mean you can’t explore it virtually!
Explore the former bustling streets on Street View, from Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge to Wall Street and Coney Island!
Some of the city’s most famous landmarks have practically opened their doors, from the world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Guggenheim, Central Park and Grand Central Station. The perfect opportunity to explore the big apple from your living room!
Amsterdam is famous for its canals, tulips, famous artists and its infamous red light district.
Why not spend some time exploring the city streets? Dam Square is an easy place to see some of the city’s most famous landmarks and museums.
Some of the most popular destinations are now offering virtual tours, such as the Van Gogh’s Museum, the Royal Palace, the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank Museum.
Bucket list favorites
But it’s not just some of our favorite destinations that have opened their doors. You can now explore and check off places on your bucket list. Many are now offering a virtual experience like never before.
Great Wall of China
So famous that you can see it from space. The Great Wall of China now has one virtual tour Online so you can explore this landmark from the comfort of your home.
Machu Pichu in Peru, Latin America’s most famous landmark and one of the wonders of the world at the same time, is definitely on everyone’s bucket list, but while we can’t see it up close at the moment, a virtual tour is the next best thing!
US National Parks
The US national parks are some of the most diverse in the world and you can explore them all virtually from your sofa! Admire the sights of Yosemite Park, Crater Lake National Park, and Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy the best that America has to offer!
India’s most famous building has opened its doors and is now offering virtual tours during the pandemic. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is often packed with tourists, but you can finally enjoy it without the crowds!
Great pyramids of Egypt
As one of the wonders of antiquity, the pyramids are often a highlight on bucket lists. The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism has opened five of Egypt’s most famous landmarks for virtual tours, including the Tomb of Meresankh III, the Ben Ezra Synagogue and the Red Monastery.
Why not travel virtually with friends and family?
Have your travel plans been postponed due to the pandemic? Use the information above to plan a virtual trip with friends. All you have to do is arrange a video call via Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts and travel together through the tours and Street View. You can even send your friends and family a surprise package that contains everything they need for their virtual vacation. Here you can find out more about sending a care package to us!
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