Isn’t technology amazing? It has made it possible for us to explore new places, book holidays, share travel stories and see the world all form the comfort of our own sofas. Another thing that technology has enabled us to do is to take virtual tours around some of the world’s most popular landmarks, museums and world heritage sites from our laptops or smart devices.
So, if you’ve found yourself stuck at home and unable to travel, don’t let it get you down. You can still enjoy some of the most beautiful places the world has to offer (and save money while doing it). And you don’t need the latest and greatest gadget or RV headset to do it either. That said, some attractions do now offer these fully immersive experiences to their long-distance visitors.
So, to help satisfy your wanderlust even when you’re stuck at home, the guys at mybaggage.com have put together a list of eight of the best virtual tours you can enjoy right now. Check them out below.
Explore Machu Picchu, Peru
Have you ever dreamed about trekking the Andes to see the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu? You’re not alone! This beautiful site receives over half a million visitors a year, which isn’t surprising given the rich history of these Inca ruins and the incredible green landscapes that surround them.
But the good news is you don’t need to travel all the way to Peru to learn more about Machu Picchu! With the You Visit virtual tour, you can enjoy 360 views from every popular vantage point, with or without the audio guide – you can even see some alpacas!
Take a dive at the Georgia Aquarium, USA
If you’re looking for a bit of escapism, why not dive to the bottom of the ocean? The Georgia Aquarium in (you guessed it) Georgia has a series of live webcam feeds that allow you to take a tour of the aquarium from your own home. Submerge yourself with the Ocean Voyager feed were you can watch manta rays, whale sharks and thousands of other fascinating fish. Or switch it up and head over to see the penguins, sea lions or otters going about their day.
Go back in time at the British Museum, London
Despite being called the British Museum, this was the first national museum to cover all fields of human knowledge from all over the world. The collections here have been carefully curated over centuries to document some of the most interesting areas of human history and to share this knowledge with all those who visit.
So if you fancy soaking up a bit of culture and learning something new, consider a virtual trip to the British Museum. Thanks to Google Street View, you can explore the museum’s galleries virtually and for a closer, more detailed look at some of the world’s most exciting artefacts, you can take a look through the series of online galleries as well.
Take a tour of Japan
It might be a whistle-stop tour at just three minutes long, but Visit Japan has put together this video which encapsulates Japanese culture and this intriguing nation, perfectly. In just a few minutes you can ride in aTukTuk, walk the Shibuya crossing and make friends with a robot, in true Japanese style. And for a fully immersive experience that will make you feel like you’re actually there, watch the video through your VR headset.
Be dazzled by The Northern Lights, Lapland
‘Seeing the Northern Lights’ has to be one of the most popular bucket list adventures across the world. But sadly, the unpredictability of this dazzling natural phenomenon means that you might travel all the way to Norway, Finland, Lapland or any of the other Northern regions and still not see the lights.
The good news is, with Lights Over Lapland’s virtual tour you can guarantee that you’ll get to experience this breathtaking phenomenon through a series of 360-degree videos. The popularity and demand to see the lights means there are also plenty of other virtual tour providers out there that can bring you closer to a night under the Northern Lights, these include Iceland 360 and Explore.
Marvel at the Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
You’ve probably heard of the incredible Giant’s Causeway, a truly wonderful part of the Atlantic coastline. Legend has it that the 40,000 (or more) interlocking basalt columns were put in place by giants as a pathway from Ireland to Scotland. The more likely scenario is that they were formed by lava flowing into the sea – but that’s a much less magical story!
And thanks to the National Trust, you can experience the causeway for yourself without having to leave home. You can take in the views and experience this mind-blowing formation from a number of different view points using their virtual tours, including views of Aird Snout and Port Noffer.
Get lost at The Louvre Museum, Paris
Another world-famous museum you can explore from your sofa is The Louvre in Paris. The museum attracts millions of tourists each year, but decided to extend their reach and allow any one from around to visit without actually visiting. To do this, the museum created a number of virtual tours that allow you to get lost in their most popular permanent exhibitions and galleries.
These easy to navigate tours allow you to explore Egyptian antiquities, see the remains of the Louvre’s Moat and marvel at the artwork of the Galerie d’Apollon. And best of all, you can do it whilst still wearing your pyjamas! The tour has expandable maps and offers detailed descriptions about all the artefacts stored within.
Explore the Hang SơnĐoòng cave, Vietnam
Hang SơnĐoòng is the world’s largest cave and can be found in PhongNha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam. But this cave has an incredible story behind it. It was originally discovered in 1991 by a local man, Ho Khanh. The problem was, he wasn’t able to locate it again until 2009, so the cave went unexplored until then.
Since then, National Geographic has set up a 360 virtual tour of the cave in a bid to protect it in digital form before it becomes subject to tourism development. The result of which is that you can get lost in the world’s biggest cave without having to fly yourself over to Vietnam, plus you can feel good in the knowledge that you’re helping to persevere this incredible landmark.