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Travel the World with Virtual Reality


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Virtual reality (VR) – a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, created using interactive software and hardware, and experienced or controlled by movement of the body.


With current travel restrictions greatly limiting our ability to explore the world around us, virtual reality has stepped up to provide us with the next best thing. Although virtual reality isn't the same as going on vacation, it can give users a lifelike view of some of the world's most iconic sites, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canyon, the Egyptian Pyramids and more.

VR Headsets

But first—how do you experience virtual reality? You'll need a VR headset, like the Oculus Go All-in-One VR or Google Daydream. These are great options for those who are new to VR and don't want to splurge on higher quality headsets that connect to a game console or PC.

Traveling with VR

Oculus Go is equipped with lots of apps for free and for purchase. Some travel apps include National Geographic VR, which features never-before-seen views of our world; Samsung #BeFearless Fear of Heights, which takes the user heli-skiing and crossing suspension bridges; and Gala 360 – Travel & Relax, which has more than 300 tours of the most interesting places in the world. View the full list of travel apps for Oculus Go here.

Google Daydream has BBC Earth: Live in VR, where the user can explore the Californian coast and the wonders of the ocean's inhabitants; YouVisit VR, which has tons of content such as helicopter rides over New York City and Grand Cayman Island, tours of Paris and Cape Town and more. View the full list of Experience apps for Google Daydream here.

If you own an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, Google Earth VR can take you all over the world. Visit Florence Cathedral in Italy, Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps or the Hoover Dam in Nevada/Arizona.

YouTube's Virtual Reality channel has seemingly endless interactive content, including the Northern Lights, the ancient city of Petra, Jordan, and an up-close encounter with African elephants.

So what are you waiting for? Jump on the VR bandwagon and start exploring this exciting platform of realistic experiences.