The new normal in 2020 is ‘stay-home-as-much-as-you-can’. All your 2020 travel plans will most probably stay as plans indefinitely. So many companies and places have made used of technology to help fulfil everyones’s wanderlust during this stay home period. And Expedia isn’t any different. Expedia curated a new virtual travel from home experience to help curb some of that wanderlust. Let’s not forget that this virtual experience is free!
This new virtual travel from home experience consist of 8 categories:
If you love nature, this is the category for you (for obvious reasons). Escape the hustle and bustle of life and just visit a couple of the national parks. You have the Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Death Valley National Park and more. These videos are put together by Expedia’s own travel guides. Expect clips of nature and the outdoors with bits of background information about the location.
There are not just videos but depending on the places you choose you might just get an interactive platform that was put together by National geographic.
Culture buffs, this is the one for you. Enter into the world of arts, science, history and architecture. With virtual visits into some of the world’s most famous national museums like the Louvre Museum, Frida Kahlo Museum and The National Museum. There is a museum for everyone. The best part? Theres no need to line up. (Unless your internet lags)
Our personal favourite. Take a walk down your favourite garden (please imagine that you are walking) and enjoy the sights and sounds of the famous gardens. Surround yourself with colourful flowers on a virtual tour to famous gardens across the globe. There is our local Gardens by the Bay, Claude Monet’s Garden and Highgrove Gardens. And it never rains! That has got to be the best part sunny all the time.
Musical and theatre lovers rejoice. You get to not only enjoy 100s of concerts, you get to experience the sounds produced from the different halls (it’s a thing, musicians will know what we are saying). Enjoy the different musical cultures from all around the world like Kabukiza from Japan, Berlin Philharmonic from Germany and Broadway HD *from America.
*Broadway HD requires a credit card at sign up for a 7-day free trial.
Have you ever wanted to travel to Egypt but you maybe just can’t afford it or do not have the time. Why…now you can. Take a trip to different ancient civilisations on virtual tours to iconic archaeological sites. Relax at home and use the selection of 360-degree videos to enjoy the views of Angkor in Cambodia or unravel the mysteries of the Maya Pyramids, Chichen Itza in Mexico. There’s so much to see and do.
This is great for air and space enthusiasts. Especially kids. Let them take a break and go on a virtual tour to museums and locations that educate on aviation and space travel. Mars and the International Space Station are even featured on the page! Keep your dreams of space travel alive (with the help of Google) and escape with virtual tours to explore the marvels of aviation and space travel.
These are what we consider as touristy places. The places you would definitely visit if you are travelling to that country. Take a 360-degree virtual tours of famous cathedrals and architectural marvels. Wander through lavish royal rooms and gardens of Palace of Versailles in France. Or take a close-up tour of the fascinating Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. Maybe even saunter around the Queen’s official residence while she is away from the Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom.
This category as you would expect is really different from the others. Enjoy relaxing videos that take you somewhere new at just the right pace. You will get a selection of 6 to 8 hour-long Slow Travel destination videos. Take a walk in Tokyo Shibuya at night. Or experience Summer in Hokkaido, Japan. Unwind after a long day at work and take a 7-hour trip down the Grand Union Canal.
With all these options, you can put your feet up and just enjoy the sights and sounds of traveling from home. It may not be the same but it makes staying at home a lot more bearable. Grab that bottle of wine or a cup of warm tea, pull your family or partner, grab a seat, choose your destination and let Expedia do the rest.
Alternatively, We Are One: Global Film Festival to release free films on YouTube. Catch a film before heading to one of these destinations, or maybe the other way around.