At this time, the need to escape is becoming more and more intense, especially as summer approaches… Do you dream of a beautiful sunny beach, sipping a delicious coconut cocktail in a hammock hanging between two palm trees? we understand you. So, while Captain Corona continues to act badly, we invite you to get to know the country through a little virtual trip, to surprise yourself without leaving home… and without breaking the bank!
A virtual trip, what does it consist of?
A virtual tour usually consists of a reconstruction of reality through a parade of video recordings (often shot with drones) and 360° panoramic images from 3D models. They are broadcast online or from another interactive multimedia medium. 360° images have the particularity of allowing the photographer to capture everything that happens around them, unlike a classic photo for example.
The virtual trip aims to reproduce an experience closer to reality to offer a true visual immersion to the traveler, who explores the places by changing the image according to his wishes. It is a bit like the 2.0 heiress of our traditional postcards, memorabilia and classic photos that our loved ones brought back from their expeditions, which already allowed us to go far without leaving home…
How to travel virtually?
To undertake a virtual trip, nothing very complicated gentlemen. You will see that, according to your wishes, you are presented with several options…
Virtual Travel Smartphone Apps
First option, you can simply download a free 360° virtual tour app by going to your smartphone’s app store (Play store or Apple store). The Sites app in VR is one of the best rated. Very interactive, it allows you to walk in total immersion in mythical places, visit historical remains and monuments from all over the world or even explore space if you wish.
virtual museum exhibits
If you are a fan of art and museum visits of all kinds, you should know that many museums and galleries offer virtual tours from their websites. This is particularly the case with the British Museum in London, the Vatican Museums or the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which offer many collections and exhibitions to discover without leaving your sofa. To do this, simply access the museum’s website and follow the virtual guide. Again, it’s free! If you’re interested, the fine arts site has put together a list of the best virtual museum tours around here.
travel with google earth
Another easy way to travel virtually is to use the services of Google Earth, which offers the possibility to explore the world in 3D in its smallest corners, snuggled up in your cozy plaid… Just download the application on your phone or access it directly. Google Earth website and click on the link of your choice to start the visit! For example, you can find yourself in the middle of the world’s biggest celebrations, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, climb the highest mountains or improvise a walk in the depths of the ocean.
Admire the panoramic views of the big cities.
You can also admire the most impressive panoramic views from all over the world from interactive sites like Airpano that allows you to gain height for free, with incredible sound effects, just with your mouse… Go for a walk, you’ll feel like you’re there! This can be a great activity to relax if you feel down, anxious. We also recommend you to bring some headphones for a total immersion on the other side of the world…
Podcasts are also an original way to travel virtually, but this time with your eyes closed! As a reminder, podcasts are digital audio content available online or for download. Many podcasts recount travel stories gently whispered into the hollow of your ears… Once again, bringing a pair of headphones is highly recommended. We can advise you Allô La Planète, Les Baladeurs or Radio Voyageurs found on Spotify, Youtube or directly online!
For ASMR enthusiasts, many artists like Roxane ASMR offer videos dedicated to the theme of escape and travel through soothing whispers and sound effects.
And you, have you ever tried virtual tours? What destination do you fancy? Do you know other ways to travel without leaving home? Tell us everything in the comments!