With most of the world put on travel restrictions, people are now turning to virtual reality (VR) to go places. Virtual reality in travel and tourism was already existing long before the world came to a pause due to the pandemic. Many airlines, travel agencies, and hotels were already using VR to market travel destinations to potential customers. But with flights now limited and borders still closed, the demand for virtual travel experiences has been greater than ever.
Through virtual reality, you can still satisfy your wanderlust and explore the most beautiful destinations in the world through the comfort and safety of your home. All you need is your VR headset and a reliable internet connection.
Below is a round-up of the best virtual reality travel experiences that you can enjoy at home to stave off your current pandemic cabin-fever.
Getting on top of the world might seem absolutely impossible before, but now you can live the experience through EverestVR, an immersive film where you can take in the beautiful journey of two adventurers Jon Griffith and Sherpa Terji who completed the Mt. Everest climb in honor of their friend and world-class mountain climber Ueli Steck.
Everest VR is available on Vive and Oculus Rift headsets.
Through Oculus’ partnership with National Geographic, you can now go on an expedition like no other with National Geographic VR.
This one-of-a-kind quest allows you to travel the world like a National Geographic explorer while bringing you to two of the world’s most iconic destinations: Antarctica and Machu Picchu, Peru.
Art galleries, museums, and theatres were among the few that were forced to close off when the pandemic broke out. If you are missing the cultural delights of visiting these places, VR technology is here to help. The Louvre, for example, has now launched a page solely dedicated to virtual reality tours on their website where you can view the museum’s rooms in great detail.
Google Arts & Culture also has interactive experiences where you can step inside the world’s most famous museums and view their galleries up close.
Borders may have been closed right now but through the use of virtual reality in travel and tourism, you can now visit your favorite capital cities around the world by going on a VR tour! London is one city that has created a virtual tour of its most popular landmarks and tourist sites, and Washington DC is another.
Missing staycations? Some luxury hotels are also offering virtual reality tours of their premises as well. Novotel World Centre Dubai has created a 360° tour of their hotel that lets you traverse virtually from their hotel entrance up to their rooms & suites and leisure facilities. Pullman King George Brisbane Square Hotel also has a VR video that comes with a complete audio guide.
With the whole world currently at a standstill, virtual reality tours are really our best option to safely “travel” around the globe without compromising our health and safety. It may never replace the joy and exhilaration of traditional travel, but this technology promises endless opportunities for both travelers and business owners from the travel industry. Pandemic or not, virtual reality in travel and tourism can be used by marketers to reach more people internationally and market them to specific travel experiences. Alternatively, virtual reality can also be utilized to recreate a virtual tour of historic sites that are otherwise inaccessible or have limited tourist travel.