During these times when we are homebound, we can still travel through the internet. Tour companies and museums are getting creative and showing us around their country’s treasures from the comfort of our sofas.
With all that time saved on travel to the destination, and packing and unpacking we can visit more places from home. Get your favourite tipple ready and prepare for take off. Here are some virtual tours you can take from home…
One of the largest platforms for day tours has created a #RoamFromHome collection enticing you with virtual tours and activities to fuel your wanderlust and there are experiences for all types of traveller. Explore new cities (or old ones) on a city sightseeing tour seeing famous landmarks such as royal palaces, Ancient Rome, Robben Island, or Berlin’s iconic monuments.
If you like your food and drink, you can dial in for a virtual cooking class and tasting. Harry Potter fan? Take an interactive virtual Harry Potter tour live from London, or a Jack the Ripper murder mystery tour.
Love music and performances? Watch a performance from the Sydney Opera House, listen to a classical music concert, or a virtual flamenco show in Madrid. You can even play the Escape Game virtually.
You can be transported on a live safari, hang out with African penguins, or float down the Ngo Dong River in Vietnam knowing that you won’t get wet. The list is endless (some of these experiences are payable).
* Go exploring with Viator #RoamFromHome
Headout are on a mission to make holidays more meaningful and more enjoyable and have created a quarantine kit called #HeadOutFromHome.
You just choose which country you want to go to and they do the rest. Find a virtual tour to travel to, discover a local recipe to cook, watch a movie or a Netlix series set in the destination, or indulge in a recommended book or playlist. You can explore a complete immersion depending on what you like to do.
Choose Spain for example, and then decide which city to travel to. See a panoramic view of Barcelona, the Catalonia capital. Get a 360 degree view of the Sagrada Familia, take a slow walking tour around the city past other famous Gaudi architecture, learn more about Park Guell, take a Barcelona walking tour from the port, along La Ramblas, or explore the Dali Museum. There are so many sites here that just watching Barcelona will keep you busy for hours.
Travel to Italy and walk the cobbles streets of Rome, read a novel set in Italy, or learn how to make some authentic Italian dishes like a true Italian mama. You can even play a quick round of trivia with others to test your knowledge. They have definitely found a way to headout from home!
* Explore with Headout #HeadOutFromHome
Virtual Museum Tours
If you prefer to mooch a museum for hours from the comfort of your own home, some of the world’s most famous museums have opened their virtual doors.
Paris – Le Musee du Louvre. Take a virtual tour in one of the city’s most famous museums, home to the Mona Lisa.
Paris – Musee d’Orsay. See some of this museum’s famous artwork pieces from the 19th century to the early 20th century.
Florence – Uffizi Gallery. Explore this 16th century Italian building whilst looking at art collections including pieces from Piero di Cosimo and many others.
London – British Museum. On this virtual tour complete with an audio guide, you can get close to the artefacts and click on each one to find out more.
Amsterdam – Rijksmuseum. Discover one of Amsterdam’s popular tourist attractions, and visit the home of famous masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer.
New York – Guggenheim. This futuristic-looking gallery in the Big Apple is one of New York’s finest. Explore its winding corridors whilst admiring works from Catherine Opie and Jonas Wood.
* Explore more virtual museums here
For nature lovers you can experience some Artic wilderness without wearing the layers. Travel to Swedish Lapland to the famous Icehotel, go reindeer sledding, meet huskies and spot the Northern Lights! (this is on my virtual bucket list!)
Take a 360 degree tour over the Cliffs of Moher, an archaeological tour of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, , stand inside the circle at Stonehenge in England, or explore Central Park in New York.
There are so many other tours you can take such as exploring an 5000 year old Egyptian tomb, and the best thing about these tours is that’s no line for security, no packing and unpacking and no passport required. Just put your feet up and get ready to explore….
Where are you going to explore this week? Are any of these on your virtual bucket list?