The current travel limitations and social distancing measures are making it a little tricky to get out and explore the world. However, the magic of the internet means there are endless opportunities to experience new things without leaving your house. With these few free online resources, you can recreate the magic of travel from the comfort of your own home.
For the next 30 days, the Berlin Philharmonic has made their entire back catalogue available for free to view online, along with free, upcoming live streams. A variety of musicians are posting live-streamed performances on social media, including Keith Urban, John Legend and others. Check out the social media profiles of your favourite artists to see if they’ve done the same.
If your favourite thing to do when you travel is to explore museums and art galleries, Google has got you covered. There are a variety of museums, art galleries and other cultural sites that you can explore as if you were really in the museum. Our favourites are the Uffizi Gallery in Italy (said to be the first-ever art gallery!) and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. There is plenty to explore. You can also explore Blarney Castle in Ireland.
In the same vein as above, the Google Street Art Project has free, narrated “walking tours” of different street art neighbourhoods around the world. This is perfect for those who love cultural walking tours that see a different, more local side of the cities.
One thing that is great to do before a new trip is to learn a little bit of the language that is commonly spoken. Duolingo is an app for your smartphone and has 35 languages to learn, including Spanish, French, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese and even Latin. Maybe learning a new language will inspire a desire to travel to a new country you’ve never considered before?
This one is perfect for nature lovers who want to get up close and personal with their favourite animals without ever leaving their computer. There are several live cams set up all over the world to view wildlife as they are right now. Our favourites include this African Watering hole, the Gorilla Forest Corridor and the Tropical Reef cam.