While travelling to your favourite destinations might not be possible right now, you can still enjoy a range of travel experiences in a different way.
Virtual travel has taken off, so skip the packing and fill your travel itinerary with these inspiring ideas from the comfort of your home.
A number of the world’s most spectacular National Parks have created virtual tours. So you can hit the trails of the likes of Yellowstone National Park or Yosemite National Park, feel the faux frost through the fjords of Alaska in the Kenai Fjords National Park or get a dose of tropical vibes in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – or do them all (in one day, if you like).
Get your cultural fix online instead, with a virtual tour of some of the world’s most incredible museums. The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim Museum are two of the most popular attractions that host online tours. Google Arts & Culture also has a collection of virtual walk-throughs of dozens of international museums and monuments, from The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower to the Taj Mahal.
International blues and roots musician, Michael Franti is keeping the positive vibes rolling – despite having upcoming worldwide tour dates postponed, he and wife Sara have been posting daily videos to their Facebook and Instagram. Join the Franti’s Stay At Home Concert World Tour from your living room and get ready to dance.
New York’s famous Metropolitan Opera will be live streaming opera performances nightly while they are closed. Forget the opera glasses, the world can now watch a new performance every night from the front row at the Met’s homepage.
You don’t need to leave your house to step inside NASA’s Mission Control. Yep – NASA has a free Space Centre Houston app that provides a heap of virtual experiences that are both educational and awesome. Take a selfie of yourself as an astronaut, find videos and audio on all things Space Centre and bring a little bit of the galaxy home into your living room.