A year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic began to sweep across the globe, minimizing the ability to travel. It was a hard blow for travel lovers but, while waiting to be able to return to using airplanes, trains, cars, ships, feet, we can satisfy our travel needs from the comfort of home with Virtual Reality (VR).
In fact, it is possible to experiment with virtual experiences by simply using the screens of our PCs or smartphones, or by buying viewers in which to insert our phone and live a more immersive experience that allows us to “physically escape” from the place in which we are.
On the market there are various types of viewers whose cost varies from a few tens to a few hundred euros, obviously, the more you spend the better the result. A good result is also obtained with a cardboard viewer by spending less: just buy a “cardboard VR” on any online shopping site. It will be way cheaper than your one-night stay in luxury villas and apartments during your vacation.
We offer six “tourist experiences” that can be enjoyed comfortably from home.
The Vatican Museums are among the most beautiful museums in Italy (the Vatican is not Italy, I know, but geographically it is embedded in it), and going to see the works inside them and their majestic rooms is always a great emotion. Today the museums are easy to reach thanks to the 360 ° virtual tours on the official website.
It will be strange to be able to see the Sistine Chapel empty and all to ourselves, being able to dwell on the details of its spectacular frescoes, including Michelangelo’s Last Judgment. In this case, the virtual tour does not require the use of a viewer.
GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE
This Google application gives the possibility to “visit” many places and museums in the world thanks to the virtual tours available.
It is advisable to download the application on your smartphone and search for the virtual reality tours of your interest.
The application allows you to, among other things, visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, admire all of Rio de Janeiro directly from under the statue of Christ the Redeemer, visit the Trevi Fountain in Rome or the Dulwich Picture gallery in London up close. By moving your head as if we were really there, thanks to the smartphone sensors, the view allows you to see the environment that “surrounds us” in a realistic way.
The time has come to move to the border between the US and Canada (we won’t have any jet lag problems!) To see the spectacular Niagara Falls.
The Niagara Falls Canada website allows you to see this mammoth falls from its cavities, from a helicopter, or on a boat. Strange but true: we won’t have to wear a raincoat that protects us from splashing water, but pajamas are enough.
This German Land, known for its numerous industrial realities, is actually rich in natural beauty, interesting museums, and medieval buildings.
The new tourism site offers the opportunity to visit the wonders that this land offers. The Brühl Palaces, the Cologne Cathedral, and the Zollverein Coal Mines are just some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of this region that can be visited in virtual mode.
We breathe fresh and clean air reaching Trentino to immerse ourselves in nature among its beautiful mountains.
With the ” Trentino VR ” application it will be possible to find experiences to live in the wonderful land of Trentino.
As we know, the mountain has two faces: summer green and winter white, and this application allow you to experience both. We will be able to ski on the snow-covered slopes, climb a mountain kissed by the sun, or sail on Lake Garda.
After a lot of virtual physical activity, we will surely have deserved a good slice of real strudel comfortably at home!
The case of the Faroe Islands is one of a kind, albeit no longer active. During the first lockdown, this archipelago of 18 Danish islands off the northern coasts of Europe, gave the opportunity to visit and know its landscapes, fortunately, spared from mass tourism.
The idea of Visit Faroe Islands was to allow people to “guide” the locals with a kind of virtual joystick. As many as 22 travel experiences have arisen (on foot, by boat, on horseback, by helicopter, and so on) thanks to which these wonderful uncontaminated islands have been able to reveal their charm.
Today it is no longer possible to carry out these experiences, but the videos have remained online on the site. In this case, the virtual tour does not require the use of a viewer.
These are just some of the countless virtual experiences on the web.
However, it is important to underline that if in time of a pandemic, we want to immerse ourselves in a specific city or a specific place, it is sufficient to write the name of the destination to “visit” followed by the word VR in the Youtube search bar (example: London VR ): all the videos that will show the 360 ° functionality will give you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the “place of destination” (even better with a viewer and earphones, so that you can completely “escape” from our home).
VR is definitely not a technology that replaces our travels; however, it allows us to recall the sensations we experienced while experiencing our favorite places or, why not, choose the next destination to visit. Like a movie trailer, we can look forward to a preview of the experiences we would like to live, waiting to be able to return to crowded streets, stations and airports.
Julien is the founder of Julius Homes His interest in hiking, skiing, and adventure holidays made him bring together the choicest accommodations around the globe to make holidays relaxing and comfortable.