Due to unfortunate circumstances, traveling to see or experience something in person has become a lot harder to do. As a result, companies and organizations worldwide have started to offer virtual experiences for would-be travelers and families to enjoy. Whether you’re a college student sad about not being able to study abroad, a parent trying to keep your child entertained, or a traveler itching with wanderlust, here are some of the best free virtual travel experiences you can experience at no cost.
This 360 virtual tour of the famous British Museum in London provided by Google lets you view all sorts of incredible artifacts and paintings. You can easily find unique things by looking at pictures in the bar below and clicking on them to be redirected there. This massive museum holds over eight million artifacts from all over the world. There are more than 60 galleries you can explore, and the amount of space it covers makes this museum the largest indoor space in Google street view. You can even listen to audiotapes for some additional background information on the artifacts and the history behind some of these incredible works.
Machu Pichi is perhaps one of the most famous places in the world. It was initially established in the 15th century and then mysteriously abandoned. The city is believed to have been quite significant to the Incas, and its mysteries only make it more notorious. Its made up of carefully crafted stoned that showed signs of highly advanced engineering and one of the reasons why the location still stands so firmly today. The Machu Pichu virtual travel experience allows you to explore the area while learning about its historical background.
If you had a vacation to Japan that got canceled or have always wanted to visit Japan, this 360 VR movie version of the country allows you to explore it from your smartphone. You’ll get a sight of Japanese traditions, culture, food, and all types of other wonders that Japan has to offer. The movie takes you along many significant landmarks in Japan like Shibuya, the epicenter of youth culture in Tokyo, and the SEGA arcade, one of Japan’s largest arcades. You also get to enjoy entertainment like Kabuki (Japanese theatrical art) and experience the famous Kawaii Monster Cafe.
Explore.org has live nature cameras all around the world. In the link above, you can see the ones for Africa and see a wide diversity of wildlife. The cameras show you the real world of animals, completely free and without any edits or scripting to see nature’s beautiful and harsh reality. You can explore the African landscape from the safety of you’re own home. You’re able to see elephants, lions, hyenas, cheetahs, and other wildlife. It’s one of the best ways to see animals coexisting in their natural habitat without any human intervention.
Petra, Jordan, which was first built in the 4th century B.C, is one of the oldest cities that still exist today. The Nabatean Kingdom considered one of the most advanced civilizations of the past for the high levels of literacy among its people and engineering skills, made Petra the capital of its kingdom. This 360 travel tour takes you around the city and lets you observe everything it has to offer. You’ll be able to see some notable hotspots that are pretty famous, like the royal tombs, old prisons, and places of sacrifice. Some of the caves shown used to be called home for people thousands of years ago. Every year millions of tourists visit the city, but this time you can view it virtually and perhaps get to explore it in person one day.
This virtual tour gives you a 360 view of the mysterious Stonehenge landmark. You can also see the skies above the stones to see how the planets and stars align with them. Believed to have been initially created in 3000 B.C, they have captivated humanity after they were discovered by the world again in the 16th century. These giant stones are 13 feet high, weigh about 25 tons, follow highly sophisticated engineering principles, and create a mystery on how an old civilization could have possibly made them without any modern or advanced tools we use today. Apart from the engineering skills required to build them, their aligning with the stars and planets also show an advanced knowledge of astronomy by this mysterious civilization.
The Catacombes of Paris is considered the world’s largest grave, holding more than six million peoples remains. For those who are looking for a more thrilling or creepy sight, you can explore the tombs with this 360 virtual tour of them. Since they are currently closed to the public, and if you’re too scared to even see them in person, it’s a lot easier to do it virtually when you can simply close your computer when you get too afraid. Just be sure to keep your computer’s volume low, you never know when a ghost might pop out of nowhere.
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