As the pandemic struck, all of our travel plans have been brought to a halt. We still don’t know when international travel will resume again. There’s some good news, though. Even if you cannot travel now does not mean you cannot explore the world. All thanks to virtual travel experiences.
Follow us through this piece, and we show you some of the lesser-traveled paths to a great experience.
First, what is Virtual Reality?
As the name implies, this is not an actual reality. It is, however, the imitation of an authentic experience in the virtual form.
Virtual reality takes real experiences and brings them to you in a more controlled, curated format and environment. It allows people who subscribe to the idea to enjoy relatively dangerous, expensive, or out-of-reach experiences at the comfort of anywhere they are in.
You can get virtual travel experiences from the comfort of your smart devices – from your smartphone to laptops. VR headsets have been created to deliver a more immersive experience, but you don’t have to get one to enjoy the feeling too.
Now, there are different reasons why you might want to try the virtual travel experience or not.
For most people, the fact that they get a low-cost alternative to the real experience is enough. Others love how they can do things without the fear of physical harm or danger – for example, running with the lions in a safari without the fear of getting mauled.
However, there are also cons to consider: the chief of which is getting addicted. The tech is also still growing and developing, so you might not always have the best experiences across all platforms.
Still, it is worth giving it a try when you can.
Taking Virtual Tours
Even without VR equipment, you can still travel to some of the most eco-friendly locations in the world while not being there physically.
This might just be the thing to inform the next location that you’ll travel to when the lockdown is all over.
Explore via Video
There are a series of different eco-friendly locations worldwide that you can now visit virtually.
This, we believe, is the best way for some travelers to plan their next trip better. Seeing what you should look forward to could improve your chances of making the best choice.
Here are some destinations we recommend:
- Amazon Rainforest
- Yosemite National Park
- The Namib Desert, among others.
You can search for these locations and their immersive virtual tours online. There’s simply a lot of content to look at out there.
Another way to immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle if you do not have a VR headset is by watching documentaries that target them.
Fortunately, content platforms that many people are subscribing to watch series and movies at home are excellent places for such documentaries. For example, Netflix has been ramping up their travel directory since the lockdown started. Okay, the studio has been doing well with other kinds of content, but they have greatly enriched their travel content section.
If you find that some of that content is not available in your region, a Netflix VPN is your best bet. The VPN (Virtual Private Network) will also work for most other streaming platforms that you might be getting your documentaries from.
Why don’t you try?
There is no harm in trying these out today.
What is there to lose? You don’t have to invest in a travel agent, pack your bags, and jet out. Instead, from the comfort of your couch, you can see all of those amazing locations and feel like you were there in person too. Since we cannot travel abroad for now, this is a good way to explore the world before we can travel physically again.
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