Places to travel to without leaving home
One thing that I’m really enjoying about this situation is the fact that companies are being really innovative with their online content and there are lots of places that you can travel to without leaving home. Of course, it absolutely isn’t the same as being there in person but we have no other choice right now, so it makes sense to virtually travel (for now).
Here are my favourite places to visit virtually at home…
You can take a virtual visit to The Hague from the tourist board’s website. Explore the museums, check out the beach webcams and even head out into nature. I never realised The Hague had so much to see and do and that it was so varied – it’s going on my list for when we can travel again!
Greece is one of my fave countries to visit for a holiday – I love the laidback way of life, the beautiful beaches and, of course, the food. There’s a tonne of different content on the #GreeceFromHome website. You can do a morning yoga class in Amorgos, learn how to make tzatziki and discover new destinations in the country.
The one day in Jerusalem virtual tour takes you through the city’s most famous sights with a voiceover guide and you wander around yourself as it’s a 360 tour.
Absolutely gutted that I will be missing out on my Ibiza trip this year (and maybe even my girls holiday too!) and so Ushuaia’s #StayAtHomeSessions might just be the next best thing. Streaming 2019’s sessions from both Hi and Ushuaia, this is the perfect antidote to missing those beach parties.
South American adventure
Hands up if you’ve been watching Race Around the World. I absolutely love it and BBC Two recently created a really cool Twitter thread where you could take part virtually. Remember those adventure books where you used to choose your own path – if you want to left go to page 20, if you want to go right it’s page 50? It’s just like that – so fun!
I don’t know about you but I’ve dreamed about seeing the Northern Lights for years and now I can – from my sofa! Lights Over Lapland have put together a VR video of the Northern Lights in Abisko National Park. Once you’ve finished that, why not jump on a virtual husky sled ride? After all that adventure, you’ll need to snuggle up with a hot chocolate and snacks.
Visit Faroe Islands has launched a new tool where a resident of the Faroe Islands acts as your avatar on the ground and takes you on a virtual tour. The residents will run and jump on your command too – just like a real life video game!
Get the cocktails ready for your Caribbean holiday. The Aruba Tourism Authority has put together a 30 minute video of the best sights and sounds from the island – ideal for relaxing and helping you to de-stress. You can also take a tour of Aruba’s butterfly sanctuary with a local guide or listen to a Spotify island vibes playlist or find recipes for food and drinks from the island.
We took a trip to Prague just before all this happened (we left the day before they closed their borders!) and it’s a really fab city. Czech Tourism has put together a list of the best sights to see in the country from your sofa, including castle, cathedrals and entire towns and cities. I’ve also heard that they’re sending out crates of Budvar (the popular Czech beer) to people who have had their holidays to the Czech Republic cancelled at this time so check out their Twitter account if this is you.
Unesco World Heritage sites
You can now virtually visit 34 European World Heritage sites at VisitWorldHeritage.com. From the archaeological site of Olympia in Greece, birthplace of the Olympics, to the historic city centre of Bruges in Belgium, there’s something here for everyone. Perfect if you like to learn while you travel too.
Have you discovered any places you can travel to without leaving home? Let me know in the comments.