See the world in 2020..
Updated: Dec 14, 2020
Virtual Tours could be the only way we will get to experience and see the world this year.
Thankfully, providing you can access the internet, they are easily accessible. You can take a virtual tour on your laptop, computer, iPad or even your mobile phone.
If you search for virtual tours online you will find many options. If you aren’t sure which one to take, have a look for the Top 10 recommended. You can visit Museums, Zoos, Theme Parks, the Seven Wonders of the World, Volcanoes, National Parks, Historical places and gardens. There are tours for Adults & Children alike.
Last week I visited The Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Giants Causeway and two National Trust gardens in England!
In Alaska, I went kayaking around icebergs. I could hear my paddles collide with the ice-cold water and the waves crashing into icebergs. Looking all around I could see the whiteness of the landscape and the air I was breathing. An interactive virtual glacier recession showed the shocking effects of global warming. Exploring a crevasse, I looked up at my tour guide and heard the pickaxe drive into the thick glacier. I could almost feel the coldness of the air. Researching Alaska further and seeing the beauty of the diverse landscape throughout the seasons, I have added it to my Travel wish list.
My next stop was Northern Ireland. Standing on the basalt stones of Giants Causeway, I heard the birds sing, the sea breeze and the waves lapping the stones as I look out onto the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise. I turned around to see the enormity of the Causeway, all its 40,000 basalt giant stepping stones. I looked down to see small puddles of ocean water and grains of sands, remnants of the tide going out. With no tour guide, it was down to me to find out more about the Causeway.
Legend tells of two Giants from different lands. Their long hatred for one another resulted in a stepping stone bridge being built only to be destroyed during their feud. What remains of the bridge can be seen today; the basalt stepping stones, Giants Causeway.
Hints & tips
The more immersive the experience, the more swept away you will be. Make sure you find a tour that has sound effects, an audio tour guide, 360 views which you can control and options to learn more. Remember to wear headphones; they create an all-round atmospheric tour.
To take the tour of Giants Causeway or other National Trust locations & gardens, visit; https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ in the search toolbar enter ‘virtual tours’.
For the Fjords in Alaska visit; https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/parks
Most importantly, enjoy it! And let me know what new places you add to your Travel list.