Armchair Travel

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Gustave Flaubert

Well, this quote couldn’t be any further off the truth than ever in these times that we are finding ourselves in. Most of you reading this are here because you have a passion for travel. 2020 has most probably turned all your travel plans upside down. Travel bans have been imposed; something totally unimaginable just a few months ago.

While most of us are stuck at home a world of virtual travel possibilities has entered our word. Tourism boards all around the world have started to offer virtual tours to the most loved highlights, Airbnb and other companies have made their experiences available online and some of our most trusted local safari lodges are allowing you to sneak peak into their wildlife reserves.

So, let’s check what is available. It will keep your mind occupied, your appetite for future travel alive and your Fernweh at least a little bit in check.

Virtual Experiences

Over the last couple 2-3 years, we have witnessed a huge trend in the travel industry come to life. Travellers didn’t just want to travel to a destination, enjoy the beach, the mountain or the tourist sights, they wanted to dig a little deeper and experience the destination. One of the first travel companies that came up with experiences was Airbnb, offering cooking courses, wine tastings, hikes off the beaten trails just to name a few. Local artists would invite travellers into their studios or give tours through local galleries. Name anything you wanted to discover with a local by your side, it was out there. Thanks to Zoom and other online video conferencing tools, this trend can still go on.

Check out our lockdown entertainment page for more amazing experiences, like free Greek cooking classes and wine tastings supplied by the Greek Tourism Board. Link below:

Virtual Sightseeing

It might no be the real deal, but it is as close as you can get to it right now. And the good thing is: no queues, no entry fees, no masses of people all wanting to see the same. Explore the world’s highlights on your own terms in the comfort of your home.

A project by Harvard University in cooperation with the Egyptian Tourism Board invited the world into the 5,000-year-old tomb of Queen Meresankh III.  3D modelling gives us a fascinating glimpse of antiquity. Armchair Travel at its best!

Major cities around the world have also adapted quickly to welcome back visitors. Virtual visits enable the French capital to be explored at a distance. From Montmartre to the Louvre, from the Catacombs to the Palais Garnier, the city’s finest attractions are revealed through digital technology. The Louvre, Sacré-Cœur, Sainte-Chapelle or the Grand Palais, all within a screen’s reach. Check out our lockdown entertainment page to discover what’s virtually on offer.

Live Cams

Watch the Northern Lights in Norway or some lions on the hunt in a game reserve right here in South Africa. Locally, Tintswalo Safari Lodge invites you to a sneak peak with their rangers on their daily drives through the reserve.

There is so much out there that will bring the world right into the comfort of your own home. It gives you the opportunity to discover your dream destination virtually, so you are better able to plan your trip once aircraft are in the air again. It also gives you the opportunity to explore new places and add those to your bucket list to collect the souvenirs later. Give it a try!

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