Sourced with thanks from thriveglobal.com
The current pandemic has severely curtailed your travels. As an older person the risks of exposing yourself to the potential risks of a Covid infection just done seem worth it. However, one of the biggest highlights of retired life was the freedom to travel and discovering and rediscovering new places for yourselves. Whole waiting for the pandemic to run out or solutions like treatments, vaccines etc. to become effective it may make sense to engage your wanderlust via some virtual travel. In an earlier piece you may have read how travel is good for you. Now check out some ideas for virtual travel taken from that same article. Team RetyrSmart
Virtual travel to make up for your actual travels during the pandemic
It’s all well and good exploring why travel is so great for you but when you can’t actually travel much further than your local supermarket, how do you get the same sense of escapism and wonder? Luckily, there are plenty of enterprising companies out there who have made it possible to visit tourist hotspots, animal sanctuaries, museums and galleries around the world. And these are just a few ways you can experience travel virtually, the full list includes:
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Take a virtual museum or gallery tour
From the Great British Museum to the Louvre, there are plenty of museums and art galleries that have had to close (or limit numbers) as a result of the pandemic, so instead, they created virtual tours and galleries that can be enjoyed from the safety of your home. You can check out 10 of the world’s best virtual museum and art gallery tours, here.
Wander the world with Google Street View
Got a destination in mind? Why not hop onto Google Street View and feel like you’re walking down the road. From Times Square to Machu Picchu, Google’s satellites have made it possible to be there with just the click of a button. You can even visit fictional destinations such as Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley or even the Batcave!
Live through travel vlogs
Until you’re able to pack a bag and board a plane yourself, you can live vicariously through those lucky travel vloggers that have already been out there and created great video content for you to enjoy. There are a number of great travel vloggers and you can get lost for hours in their beautiful edited vacation videos.
Download VR travel apps
Virtual reality (VR) has really taken off in recent years and one of the greatest things to emerge from this technology is VR travel apps. Using your phone or other smart devices you can immerse yourself in some of the world’s greatest tourist destinations and you’ll feel like you’re really there. From the Great Pyramids of Egypt to Patagonia, there are plenty of exciting VR travel experiences to be had.
Watch webcams from around the world
Want to spend some time with the Gorillas in the Congo? You can! Want to feel like you’re sunning yourself on a beach in Hawaii? Not a problem. Fancy going diving? Consider it done. There are so many great live webcam feeds out there that can transport you to incredible destinations around the world. Once there, you can watch various different animal sanctuaries or enjoy tourist hotspots in real-time. Choose from some of the greatest life stream cameras, here.
Relive your own travels
Lastly, have you been on some pretty exciting adventures already? Why not relive your own travels to help cure your case of wanderlust? Whether you sit and flick through old photo albums or watch old videos from your GoPro, you’ll be amazed at how great you’ll feel after a trip down memory lane.