We understand how excruciating two months of no travel can be. Luckily, travel and cultural sites are coming up with creative ways to bring the experience to your home. From walking into a room full of ancient art to having cocktails at a hotel bar, you’ll surely get a vacation feel with these 7 virtual travel activities you can (and should) try during this quarantine.
1. The Louvre Digital Tour
Paris may be off-limits for now, but you can still traverse digitally and visit its spectacular sites, like the Louvre. The world-renown museum is opening its doors online so you can waltz into its exhibit rooms and galleries on your device. Just make sure you have a flash player installed to launch the virtual tour. Visit the Louvres website for this museum trip.
2. Vatican Field Trip
Seeing the sacred city today is just one click away. Thanks to the Vatican’s 360-degree image viewing of its most beloved spots. Explore the palatial grandeur of St. Peter Basilica, the Michelangelo fresco-adorned Sistine Chapel, and the breathtaking Christian art curation of Pio Clementino Museum, among others.
You may also set up a virtual reality viewing of the Vatican Museum through its website.
3. Napa Valley Wine Tasting
Cheers if you’re a wine connoisseur. While your scheduled trip to the vineyards may be on hold, you can still learn about these prestigious wineries and their bottled products from the comforts of your own home. Since the lockdown, winemakers from Napa Valley started offering wine testing sessions via Zoom and Facebook Live. All you have to do is to order a set of wine tasting bottles, and once you receive your wine selection, you can schedule a session with the masters.
4. Wander around Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Take a digital stroll around London’s famous Royal Botanic Garden to see some rare tropical plants and dainty blooms burst into beautiful flowers. The Kew brings their gardens to your home through their beautifully shot videos on YouTube. The collection of videos will take you to a sneak peek of their glasshouse and seasonal nursery footages, so you know what it’s like to be in the Kew Gardens from Spring to Winter.
To start this virtual tour, visit www.kew.org.
5. Day trip at Yosemite National Park
Long before the global lockdown, Yosemite National Park in California has already been bringing nature into homes of its park followers. Yosemite heavily invested in this high definition of virtual experience by collaborating with a VR Experience specialist, photographer Scott Highton. The park’s virtual tour, which also includes recorded sounds of the site, can be accessed through its website: virtualyosemite.org.
6. Watch Broadway or West End Musicals
Seeing a live musical is one of the travel highlights for tourists visiting New York or London. Good thing, you can still get the experience even with social distancing. Streaming platform Broadway HD is taking the shows to your living room with a 7-day free trial. Now you can watch classics from Broadway and West End, like Oklahoma, Cats, The King and I, Les Misérables, and 42nd Street at home.
7. Check-In at Hotels Virtually
A few hotels around the world are bringing their facilities to their guests online. The Club Med Resorts Group hosts weekly activities for families quarantining as well as setting up a live beach cam that guests can view 24/7. While the iconic Langham Hotel in London is giving free cocktail classes straight from their famous Artesian Bar and facilitated by their world-class baristas.
You may also step into the posh Pullman Hotel in Brisbane, Australia, through a VR tour. Take a 360-degree look at their lobby, lounge area, suites, wellness center, restaurants, and rooftop bar. Access Pullman Brisbane’s VR Tour on their Youtube Channel. But if you’re looking for a sunny destination, try Cape Dara in Pattaya, Thailand, and Finolhu at the Maldives.
Isn’t it nice for these institutions to bring a portion of the world to your home? So better stay at home, keep safe, and wait until all of this is over. In the meantime, try these 7 travel activities from your home to feed your wanderlust.
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