While we’re all stuck indoors, let’s not allow Coronavirus to snatch away our wanderlust and travel aspirations! Let’s not give in to all the doom and depression around, and let’s hope we can all explore our beautiful planet again and go places! So for now, if you’re bored of your limited tours to the kitchen, balcony, bathroom and bedroom, keep your wanderlust kicking with these 8 mind-blowing virtual tours – from hikes to Mt. Everest and Machu Picchu, to roaming the streets of Japan, to capturing the Northern Lights in Sweden!
Virtual Tours to 8 Amazing Places as you Stay Home:
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
Of all the gems South America holds in its crown, Machu Picchu in Peru has a magic of its own - a magic that has fascinated historians, hikers, and backpackers alike for hundreds of years, and continues even today. Perched high on the slopes of the Peruvian Andes, the Machu Picchu is one of the most extraordinary urban creations by the Inca Empire at their peak. Capture 360-degree views of this iconic UNESCO Heritage Site, and visit other great vantage points, along with a voice-over guide!
CLICK HERE to virtually hike up Machu Picchu!
2. Louvre Museum, Paris
Want to visit the Louvre in Paris but Coronavirus doesn’t agree? Not a problem. The museum has gone ahead and created a series of virtual tours, which are super easy to navigate! Whether you want to explore Egyptian Antiquities or stare at Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile from close quarters, this amazing 360-degree tour is the best way to explore one of the world’s largest and most legendary museums from the comforts of your couch!
CLICK HERE to tour the LOUVRE as you lounge on your couch!
We all missed Japan this spring, didn’t we? What if we told you, that under three minutes, the Japan National Tourism Organization takes you through a thrilling 360-degree virtual reality video of the country?! Yes, from your cozy living room, you can cross the famous Shibuya crossing, walk through the orange gates of the the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, watch a sumo wrestler in action, ride a Tuk-Tuk, and much more! Japan, here we come (virtually)!
Ready for a tour of Japan? CLICK HERE!
4. Kingdom of Bhutan
The "Land of Thunder", Bhutan lies in the unspoiled lap of the Himalayas, isolated from mainland Asia by high mountains. Bhutan might be a small speck on the world map, but the efforts taken by this last Himalayan Kingdom for a sustainable living is beyond compare! One of the happiest countries in the world, Bhutan stands out with its strikingly beautiful landscapes (Gangtey Valley, Dochula Pass), legendary monasteries (Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Rinpung Dzong Monastery), and breathtaking Himalayan treks.
CLICK HERE to discover the majestic landscapes of Bhutan, online!
5. Mount Everest, Nepal
When you can’t scale the World’s highest peak, you bring the highest peak home! That’s right! Gaze at the towering summit, along with other soaring Himalayan peaks stretching onto Bhutan in the east and westwards into Pakistan. Admire the mind-numbing views of the snowy peaks dotted with colourful prayer flags, with interactive 360-degree panoramic glimpses via Google Maps.
CLICK HERE to scale Mount Everest with just a few clicks!
6. The Northern Lights, Sweden
Imagine the sky to be a big, dark canvas, upon which an invisible hand paints in flourescent colours of greens, blues, purples and pinks! And then this water-colour painting keeps changing shapes! Such is the magical feeling of seeing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) for the first time. The Norwegian Lights over Lapland project treats viewers with a series of mesmerising 360-degree virtual tours!
CLICK HERE to check out the Northern Lights!
7. Hang Sơn Đoòng, Vietnam
Want to experience how it feels walking into the world’s largest cave from the comfort of your home? Discovered by a local man in 1991, and explored by scientists for the first time only in 2009, this gargantuan cave feels like a different planet altogether. The cave is located in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang
national park, in central Vietnam. National Geographic’s Sơn Đoòng project takes its viewers on a thrilling trek with sound effects, via caverns, sinkhole jungles, and some pretty flora and fauna of the cave.
So, CLICK HERE to explore the world’s largest cave via a virtual tour!
8. The Grand Canyon, USA
The Grand Canyon in the USA is indeed as grand as any natural attraction can get – both, in terms of beauty, as well as size! Spread across 277 miles, and 1,857 metres deep, the Grand Canyon is one the most famous, and most-visited attractions in the USA. No amount of words can do justice to the sheer immensity and drama that the canyon beholds. Via a google Street View Trek, take a riveting hike through the canyon’s Bright Angel Trail, snaking up from the shimmering Colorado River, to the south rim.
All set the explore the Grand Canyon virtually? CLICK HERE!