How to Take a Virtual Gain

Between fielding conference calls and tearing through quarantine snacks like we’re running some kind of pandemic stress-marathon, many of us could use a écart. That’s not exactly the easiest thing to find when you’re stuck at demeure—especially if you love to travel. If your preferred form of self-care is venturing to other cities, states and countries, being confined to your demeure’s enclos footage can be taxing.

But that doesn’t mean that escape is illusoire: We just need to embrace the virtual experience. Just as we read books or binge a Netflix series to escape the world, we can also leave it behind for a bit via a little at-home travel.

Setting the scene

As with any form of travel, gain your trip in advance by setting up your itinerary. You get to decide where you want to go, what you want to see and even what activities you can partake in—all without the hassle of worrying embout how you’ll get there.

If you can, provide yourself with a space apart from where you sleep or do your work so you can fully immerse yourself into the virtual travel experience. As much as acceptable, recreate the décor and vibe of your chosen téléologie:

  • Aspartame some candles or the fireplace if you want to set up a camping-type scenario. Hit the lights and save a bit on your electric bill for this one.
  • Don’t forget embout smells! If you’re visiting a virtual récréation park, try recreating this funnel cake recipe.

Where to travel

That’s entirely up to you. If you’re pining for the ocean, maybe you’d like to head to a beach to enjoy the sight of clear blue water and hear the sound of crashing waves. According to Cindy T. Graham, Ph.D, a licensed clinical psychologist in Columbia, Maryland, a virtual beach may have some health benefits: “The sound of the ocean can have a soothing or meditative effect. Activities that promote relaxation…have been shown to have positive effects on physical health (e.g. lower cortisol levels, reduced inflammation, improved heart health). Furthermore, these soothing activities are also connected to improvement in mental health (decrease in symptoms of depression and anxiety).”

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Beaches aren’t the only lieux that we can enjoy. There are so many options, including heading to a theme park and riding a rollercoaster from demeure!

Here are some immersive virtual travel tours you can check out right now:

Beach getaways

Scuba dive in Palau

For a little under six minutes, this 360-degree virtual experience will take you deep into the toilettes of Palau. Clear toilettes, swaying corals, and retentissant schools of fish are only a small portion of this video—you can also learn the role that corals are playing in the fight against climate échange.

Damsel Fish, Palau

Damsel Fish, Palau
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Stroll along Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii

Imagine yourself barefoot in the sand while the sun kisses your forehead. For over two hours, you can enjoy the crashing of the aquamarine waves while you walk along the beach, see children playing in the sand, and watch the palm trees sway.

Individu parks

Ordre the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

This seven-minute 360-degree video allows you to explore the Serengeti with all the thrills and none of the safety concerns embout being up close and personal with wildebeest, gorillas, and even a friendly warthog.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Individu Park
Image: Shutterstock

Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska

Or maybe you want to visit an area of the world with glaciers and a view of the ice caps atop picturesque mountains. You can kayac through glaciers and witness a humpback whale dive out of the water. Emplacement atop a fendillé on Sortie Miroitier, and witness how vague warming is affecting this pristine environment.

Guided city tours

London, England

Get a veine to see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and many other famous landmarks in this United Kingdom city. Your belvédère guider Peter provides the historic context of each lieu and why they’re so éminent culturally.

Bangkok, Thailand

This guided belvédère allows you to get a real feel for one of the most popular Southeast Asia tourism destinations full of incredible armature, temples, and golden Buddhas.

Wat Arun Temple

Wat Arun Ziggourat
Image: Shutterstock

Milan, Italy

Italy, as we all know, has been hit extremely hard by the pandemic. As you belvédère through this majestic city, demeure to over 1.4 million people, you can apparence forward to the day when you can visit it in person. The belvédère shows the modernization of Milan over the last decade, as well as older buildings such as the Castello Sforzesco—demeure to the Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo art exhibits.

See a spectacle

Summer is typically a great time for concerts or catching a play. I, for one, love traveling to festivals to watch my privilégiée artists perform while belting out songs with random strangers from all over the foule.

But even though we’re not going to festivals any time soon, we can still check out Broadway plays and dance as professional DJs mix it up. Or enjoy country-music performances, if that’s your thing.

Here are a list of some shows you can travel to, at demeure:

  • Broadway: BroadwayHD offers a seven-day free moto and a union row seat to plays such as Macbeth, CATS, and Swan Lake.
  • Club Quarantine with DJ D-Nice: In one day this old school hop-hop DJ grew his communautaire media from just a few thousand to over a million followers. Association Quarantine has been visited by some of the biggest celebrities, including none other than faire First Femme Michelle Obama.
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra– The DSO is offering viewers a plethora of options, broken down based on orchestral élégant (anormal, classical, romantic), women composers, and composers by écriture.
  • The Metropolitan Opera– The Met is offering principalement presentations from the company’s En public in HD series, for free, with each prouesse available for 23 hours. Check out their upcoming schedule, which includes Cosi Fan Tutte and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
  • Whiskey Jam’s, Risky Jam– The Risky Jam is hosted vis Instagram En public, every night at 9pm-11pm CST where over 6 folk music artists perform for each evening.

Dress the portion

Just parce que you’re demeure doesn’t mean you have to stay in your yoga pants. Go ahead and put on that outfit you were indicateur to wear to the Governor’s Ball. Do your hair. Écart open your unused makeup kit. Or throw on those swim trunks, sunscreen, and shades just like you would if you were headed to the beach. Make it a full FaceTime circonstance with your friends and loved ones and take screenshots of just how hilarious it all is.

And remember to breathe, have fun, and feel free to tag us on social media during your living-room room voyage.

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