To be clear, this doesn’t mean that you’re already free to go everywhere you want. With the pandemic still very much outside your home, the best bet to avoid infecting your loved ones with this virus would be to stay at home and to follow safety protocols in place.
However, with no sign of the pandemic dying down, there are still ways to fulfill your wanderlust. You wouldn’t be able to set foot at the airport or stay at any of the hotels nearby, but it’s like you would be there — only virtually. With the advent of better technology and streaming devices, there’s no reason why you won’t be able to use that to visit other places through the cyber landscape.
With that piquing your interest, we’re going to guide you on how you can visit other places through virtual tours. Here are the best places you can visit.
The Louvre, France
The Louvre is famous for housing works of art like the Mona Lisa. It is regularly crowded, but not during the pandemic. Thankfully, there is a virtual tour of the place where visitors like you can look at the vaunted art collections it has on display. The virtual tours are detailed, and the guides well-equipped to take you through the virtual tour.
If you’d rather go to other places, Google Arts & Culture plays host to a tour of over 2,500 galleries and museums around the world. Who said that you couldn’t have all the world’s art collections and the experiences in these museums at your fingertips?
Great Wall of China, China
Feel like following in the footsteps of the great Marco Polo? You can do that while exploring the ancient Great Wall of China. It is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage sites and is lauded as the longest structure built by human hands.
You can visit other sites virtually, but they are through Google’s Heritage on the Edge. The sites cannot be visited normally and are available digitally to help preserve them. This virtual tour provides anything from history to the heritage of the places and information about the ongoing efforts to protect them.
Eiffel Tower, France
The Eiffel Tower is one of the many sites available for a virtual tour. The Parisian tower has seen many events in its heyday. From two wars, and now, a pandemic, the Eiffel Tower stands proud and tall, even without the usual flock of visitors that it is also famous for. This is because restaurants are offering a view of the ‘City of Lights.’
Visitors can head straight to the top of the Eiffel Tower, thanks to the virtual tour. There is no more queuing to be done, any lines to stand in, or the infamous jet lag, thanks to the travel. All you need is your computer and access to the virtual tour being hosted.
The Stonehenge, England
It’s one of the most visited places on tour and for a good reason. It’s an ancient burial ground for most historians, but some would argue that it has mystical properties tied to either ancient druids or the Celts themselves. Either way, you can see the wonder and mystery of this site, thanks to the virtual tour.
What’s cool about its virtual tour is you can see what it looked like before its construction. You can even see different angles and a picture of the sites’ evolution throughout the ages. A cool bonus feature is how it has an angle where its alignment with the sun, moon, and planets are seen.
Taj Mahal, India
It is a virtual tour worth taking because it required many conversations with the Indian authorities before photographers were allowed. The iconic mausoleum dedicated to the beloved wife of an emperor, the Taj Mahal stands as the symbol of a dedicated husband who wanted to immortalize his love for his dear wife.
Aside from the virtual tour and different bird’s-eye view angles, you can also view the effort that it took to bring people to their homes these images. The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, so it’s a safe bet that there are other Wonders just waiting for you to visit them virtually.
Whether it’s to marvel at the ancient world and humanity’s creativity and resilience or to explore the mystery of the ages, these virtual tours are a must, something to do while you cannot go out just yet. Try to visit one today, and it’s a guarantee that the experience and the knowledge you will gain from it are well worth it.