Though travelling might not be possible right now, for many of us, the urge to see, learn, and experience new things is stronger than ever. When the wanderlust strikes, here are 10 virtual travel experiences you can enjoy right from the comfort of your own home:
1. The Haunted Walk
Offered in Ottawa, Kingston, and Toronto, the in-person walking tour allows you to follow a cloaked guide around town as they share the spookiest stories the city has to offer. Currently, however, there are also a few virtual experiences on offer.
The first of these experiences is The Haunting at Home, an online audio experience where you are challenged to complete a series of guided experiments using both traditional and modern ghost hunting techniques. Are you brave enough to complete the challenges in the dark? This experience is also zoom adaptable so you can test it out with friends and family while social distancing.
The second experience offered by the Haunted Walk is called Virtual Haunted Campfires. Grab a cup of your favourite beverage, get comfy, and settle in for some spooky fun: as part of this zoom event, you’ll hear ghost stories and spooky tales of various haunted places in Canada and abroad. Some such places include the London Bridge and Ottawa’s Laurier House.
Check out the Haunted Walk here.
2. The British Museum in London, England
You can use the museum’s virtual tour to learn about hundreds of artifacts from many different countries across the span of time. From an 18th century Melanesian funerary carving to an Egyptian ivory statue from the 5th millennium BCE to a Viking brooch, there are tons of objects to be explored. What’s more, when you click on an artifact, there is an audio file telling you everything you need to know about the object.
3. The National Museum of Modern and Comtemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea
The MMCA’s virtual tour includes eight different online exhibits. Some of the exhibits also include a video component, offering you a guided tour of the entire exhibit with one of the curators. One that I personally enjoyed is this exploration of the MMCA’s open storage facility. As the name suggests, the public is able to see how some of the items not on display are being stored and cared for. Personally, I think this is a great way to engage your audience while also getting them curious and invested in the wellbeing of the objects on display.
For a list of more virtual museum tours, check out Travel + Leisure’s article here.
4. Follow a Plague Doctor Through Prague (Airbnb Virtual Experience)
I gave this experience a try for my friend’s birthday in the summer and it was very informative and well put-together. A virtual walking tour through the Czech Republic’s capital, this tour discusses locations which were significant in the history of the pneumonic and bubonic plagues. While a guide told us the history, an exquisitely shot video played in the background. This video followed a man dressed in 17th century plague doctor garb, right down to the chilling, beaked mask.
We watched the figure travel through the barren, dark streets of Prague as our guide engaged us with history and interactive questions. All in all, it made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening!
5. Guided Meditation with Sleepy Sheep (Airbnb Virtual Experience)
I haven’t tried this one personally, but I can’t say I’m not intrigued. According to the webpage, this zoom experience begins with a trip to the barn, where you can witness the sheep being fed and ask any burning sheep-related questions you may have. You can then virtually snuggle with this cozy creatures while you are led through a series of breathing exercises and a mindful meditation session. After looking through the images of said titular sleepy sheep, I can confirm that I am definitely interested in giving this virtual event a go.