5 Virtual Vacations You Can Take From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

From stunning scenery to exciting tourist hot spots, here’s how you can travel the world without a passport and for free!

If there’s one thing we should all be grateful for, is how amazing it is to have internet while we’re practicing social distancing. While all of us have no choice but to put our travel plans on hold at the moment, there are still ways for us to travel – virtually.

Thanks to modern technology and the help of some drones, 360° cameras and augmented reality tools, visiting landmarks, museums and cities from around the world is no longer just a dream. These impressive virtual experiences are so easily accessible from the comfort of your room and best of all, they don’t cost a single penny!

Ready to travel the world? Here are the five virtual vacations you can take right now.

1. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

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Of rugged towers and crashing waves, the Cliffs of Moher is breathtakingly one of the most magnificent natural attractions in Ireland. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast, the cliffs ascend to over 213 metres, with the striated stone stretches beyond Cork and Kerry. The virtual tour offers a variety of views from different vantage points for you to admire the beauty of the cliffs and beyond. There’s also an option of the twilight view of the cliffs! Alternatively, you can also enjoy the panoramic view from the top of O’Brien’s Tower, which is also the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher.

Visit the Cliffs of Moher here.

2. Tate Modern, London

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If you think you hate museums, wait until you visit Tate Modern. The museum first opened its doors to the public in 1897 displaying a small collection of British artworks. It is the oldest gallery among the Tate network of galleries in England which includes Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. With nearly 70,000 artworks under the roof of Tate Modern, it’s no secret that the museum houses a substantial collection of British arts since Tudor times. Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, we can now all take a slow stroll across the collection rooms in Tate Modern, sans the tourist crowd.

Visit Tate Modern here

3. Prague Castle, Prague

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One might think that Prague Castle is a castle building but in reality, it is actually a large complex of buildings spanning an area of almost 70,000 m². It is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and encompasses a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings. The most prominent structure in the complex is arguable the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral which you can now take a virtual tour inside for free (the entrance fee to visit physically is not cheap).

Visit Prague Castle here

4. Machu Picchu, Peru

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With its steep incline and high altitude, the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu is certainly not for the faint hearts. It is nestled high in the slopes of the Peruvian andes and in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. Possibly one of the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire, the sophisticated dry-stone walls is a highlight of the whole architecture that fuse huge blocks without using any mortar. With this virtual tour of Machu Picchu, exploring the incredible landmark is such a breeze.

Visit Machu Picchu here

5. El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

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Hate hiking? Now you can do it without breaking a sweat or getting muddy! The El Capitan in Yosemite Valley boasts iconic granite monolith of over 900 metres above the valley floor. That’s 2.5 times as tall as the Empire State Building and more than three times as high as the tip of the Eiffel Tower. Despite the mountains’ vertical walls which seem almost impossible to climb, El Capitan has now become a popular spot for rock climbers eager to conquer the summit. While it is already a tough mission for professional climbers to climb up El Capitan, we can still experience it with this virtual tour. 

Hike up El Capitan here.

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