Traveling is our lives, so when COVID early last year and countries began shutting down access, it put a damper on many of our plans. And I’m sure your plans for a nice vacation were also shut down.
And while vaccines have begun going out—COVID is slowly being pushed back against—it will be a long while before we can travel the same way we did before the pandemic.
That said, there are ways to ‘explore” the world from your home: the Internet. Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to experience the world with a sense of immersion, from shows focused on travel to watching animals in their natural habitats. Today, let’s go over a few ways you can travel the world from the comfort of your couch.
Best Ways to Explore the World Virtually
Take a Virtual Museum Tour
What better way to explore the world and pass the time than to see everything the world has to offer? From centuries-old art pieces to artifacts from a bygone era, museums around the world have so much on display. And while you may not be able to visit them in person, many museums offer virtual tours of their exhibits.
Sure, you may not be getting a personalized tour, but you will be able to see the Smithsonian museums in all their (virtual) glory! I personally recommend Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, which contains so much beautiful art that you’ll never want to leave.
The Louvre, the Russian Museum, the Museum of Russian Art, the National Women’s History Museum, etc.: there is no shortage of museums offering virtual tours. And the best part? Most virtual tours are free; all you need is a decent Internet connection and an hour or two!
Stream a Number of Travel Programs & Movies
Virtual tours aren’t for everyone. After all, not everyone wants to click through a website and would much rather instead binge a show or movie. As it turns out—and this may come as no surprise to you—streaming certain shows and movies can act as a good substitute for travel. At least, temporarily.
Certain channels like Animal Planet showcase nature—nature you may not be able to see due to travel restrictions. YouTube and other streaming platforms also host a myriad of shows dedicated to traveling, like Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, where viewers can experience other cultures (along with their culinary offerings) through Mr. Bourdain.
Can’t travel? No problem, just turn the TV on! Unfortunately, some shows and movies may be unavailable in your region due to certain restrictions. For example, a lot of Netflix’s offerings are unavailable in many regions. Bypassing these restrictions is easy; all you need to do is connect to a VPN server in a country the show you want to watch is available!
Go On a Digital Safari
Earlier, I mentioned that some TV channels could help you experience nature without needing to travel. However, there is one other way to observe nature: a virtual safari.
What is a virtual safari? To keep it simple, a virtual safari usually involves a live stream of animals, both in zoos and in the wild. For example, Singita offers live safari tours to showcase the wildlife in South Africa.
There are many virtual safaris that you can be a part of. You can also check in on live streams of some exhibits at certain zoos. It’s not the same as a safari, but it is fun watching animals interact with each other and pass the time!
With a decent internet connection and a laptop, you can travel the world from anywhere in your home! Whether you go on a virtual museum tour or decide to chill and watch some Netflix travel shows, there are a plethora of ways to pass the time until COVID restrictions ease up.