Is virtual travel here to stay, even after the pandemic subsides?

Published - 16 January 2021, Saturday

Let's face it! We can kiss goodbye to real-life leisure travel for the remainder in 2020. No longer just an alternative to the real thing, virtual travel has become our next best option.


With about 90 percent of the world under a travel restriction, many would-be adventurers are turning to virtual reality (VR) to bring them to Machu Picchu or the Galápagos Islands.

Expedia's ongoing Travel From Home initiative has you covered with the best virtual museum tours, live performances, and cultural experiences from around the world. We have the time now to take it slow, so why not enjoy some full immersion experiences!

If you’re interested in exploring the outdoors, check out a virtual hike through Yellowstone or Yosemite. Craving a bit of culture? Enjoy Broadway shows, international operas, and tours of the Louvre.

You can even take the whole family on a virtual road trip through the Alps, a train journey to the Arctic Circle, or an immersive scuba dive in the tropics. 

If you're willing to part with a little cash, guided tours and enrichment classes are up for grabs. Join other virtual travellers from around the world to visit the Colosseum, in a live, guided tour conducted by a local Italian guide. Or join Spaniard Natalia and her family in a live tapas cooking class 

Then there's the full immersion experience when you discover Slow TV destination videos, where you can take your time - in some cases up to 10 Hours - to experience a scenic train ride from Bergen to Oslo or relax with a 56 minute Amsterdam Canal Cruise.

The choice is yours! Enjoy

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