With many foreign holiday plans cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve uncovered the best ways to experience virtual travel.


By Annabel Fuller

We may not be able to travel far and wide, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy world culture. From online tours of international museums to virtual space explorations, here are five virtual travel experiences to try now.

Museums

Google Arts and Culture have partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries globally to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Options include Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and the Vatican Museum featuring Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. They are all offering virtual video tours of current exhibitions and in-depth looks at collection highlights.

artsandculture.google.com

National Parks

Get your nature fix with a virtual visit to spectacular national parks around the world. Many national parks have virtual tours on their websites via Google Arts and Culture; we recommend the Dry Tortugas National Park, in the Gulf of Mexico, where you can explore the extraordinary marine life living in the pristine crystal blue waters, in the comfort of your own home.

artsandculture.withgoogle.com

Space

Escape Earth’s troubles altogether and journey across the surface of Mars through 3D images which were recorded by NASA’s Curiosity Rover. If you want to virtually explore more of space, head to YouTube where 360-degree videos allow you to travel and discover all of the planets.

accessmars.withgoogle.com

Theatre

Whilst the famed Broadway and West End theatre’s may have closed their curtains, you can still enjoy live performance streaming from any device. BroadwayHD has a library of over 300 productions, so you can stream as many shows, plays, and ballets as your theatrically deprived heart desires.

broadwayhd.com

Animals

Animal lovers will find Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live webcam viewings immensely therapeutic. Watch pandas, penguins and beluga whales go about their business, and it’s a fantastic way to keep the kids entertained at home too.

montereybayaquarium.org