We’ve compiled 10 of the most renowned destinations around the world that are providing virtual tours to travel-enthusiasts cooped up isolation.
The coronavirus outbreak has impacted different areas of our lives.
While working, exercising and studying from home are manageable, the luxury of travel is cancelled until further notice from officials. That’s right – no one can venture abroad, let alone anywhere interstate without a reasonable excuse, until the COVID-19 pandemic settles.
Many people have had to cancel their 2020 travel plans from their calendars and put their next big adventures on hold. These travel restrictions have not only impacted travel-enthusiasts, but also the tourism sector and small businesses who thrive off globetrotters.
In an effort to bring joy to avid vacationers and the general public stuck at home, some renowned attractions around the world are offering virtual tours online. Although nothing compares to travelling in flesh, these 10 virtual tours are refreshing and will keep you preoccupied in quarantine.
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Great Wall of China
Rumours say you can see the Great Wall of China from the moon and now you can even see it from your home. Well, virtually. This human-made structure was built around 500 years ago and it extends to about 21,000km across the Chinese countryside. While you can’t beat Anderson Dias’s (pictured above) world record for visiting every country – right now – you can visit The China Guide website for an interactive tour.
The Louvre is a globally renowned museum, and is home to many historical masterpieces including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Virgin of the Rocks and many more. From the comfort of your home you can travel there via The Louvre’s free virtual tour.
As one of the most important art museums in the world, they also post regular Instagram content for their millions of followers.
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Vincent van Gogh Museum virtual tour is an engaging #selfiso activity to do.
For art fans, it’s a great opportunity to delve into Van Gogh’s ingenious artistry – including over 200 of his paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters. FYI, if you want a peek into his most famous artwork The Starry Night, check out this awesome 360 Virtual Reality video, too.
Yosemite National Park
The Yosemite Valley draws in many visitors around the globe for it’s breathtaking scenery, stunning waterfalls and large cliffs. You can enjoy the iconic features virtually, “walk” through beautiful trails and emerge yourself into nature without leaving your couch.
Plus, they’re hosting Facebook live streams to educate their viewers about wildlife, so follow them on Instagram for updates.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
While you can’t sip Piña Colada’s by the beach in Hawaii right now, you can still indulge in their most famous – and luscious – national park.
Take a virtual tour through the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, and fly over an active volcano – if you’re brave enough! You can enjoy beautiful views from volcanic coastal cliffs, and learn about the 1959 volcano eruptions. Grab your little ones to show them the Nahuku Lava Tube (a cave formed by flowing lava). It’ll be a fun “trip” for everyone in the family.
The Roman colosseum is part of the World Wonder’s list. Now from your living room, you can dive into a 360-degree Google tour around it’s large pit and travel back in time. It’s a world famous landmark, so be sure to add it to your virtual tour bucket-list.
Buckingham Palace has been on TV for many celebrations, including the 2018 Royal Wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. You can explore the Grand Staircase, the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room through their online tour. See if it adheres to your royal expectations…
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
The Giants Causeway was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and looks like it’s out of Game of Thrones.
The intriguing structure is along the Northern Ireland coastline, made-up from 40,000 interlocking, geometric (predominantly hexagonal) basalt rocks. Enjoy a virtual tour by The National Trust to see the magical formation for yourself.
The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) is a breathtaking natural scene caused when Earth’s magnetic field collides with electrically charged particles from the sun. The dazzling lights are visible from countries that have high northern latitudes. You can now partake in a five-minute virtual tour of the Norwegian lights over Lapland, via a series of 360-degree videos. Don’t miss out!
Border of Nepal and China
Usually bustling all year with hikers, now Mount Everest’s south base camp can be accessed online through a 360-degree video. You can view the world’s highest peak through an interactive map, a 3D rotating viewer and look out in the snowy Himalayan scenery that stretches into Pakistan and Bhutan.
More essential coronavirus reading:
Read up on what the government lockdown means for you, understand why Aussie doctors are up arms, be aware of the ‘hidden symptom’ of COVID-19 carriers, prepare yourself for the long-term mental health effects of the pandemic, get your sweat on at home with these free online workouts before reviving your over-washed hands with this DIY balm, and then console yourself with these unexpected joys.