5 Ways Technology is Transforming Sight-Seeing

In recent years, few industries have been more fundamentally transformed by emerging digital technologies than the travel industry. At the most obvious level, sharing platforms such as AirBnB's vacation rental service and BlaBlaCar's long-distance ride-sharing service have lifted the age-old financial logistical constraints imposed on travellers.

However, one of the less obvious transformations in recent times concerns how vastly improved virtual technologies are allowing us to see the world with less effort than ever before. These days, all you need is a laptop or smartphone and an internet connection to enjoy all of the best that travel has to offer. Here are five ways that such technology is transforming the vacation experience, no matter what kind of globetrotter you are.

Tours of the World's Greatest Museums

In recent times, one of the most popular options for culture-starved globetrotters has been to marvel at the treasures housed inside the world's greatest museums, all from the comfort of your home. London's British Museum has reported a 100% increase in visitor traffic to its detailed virtual exhibits in the past months, with other institutions reporting similar rises. If you're a travel culture vulture, there are countless virtual exhibits that you can explore in intimate detail. There's the Washington DC National Gallery of Art online exhibition, the virtual Uffizi Galley Experience, and the 360 tours of Rome's Colosseum, to name just a few.

Experience the Thrill of VR Theme Parks

If you're looking for something a little more fast-paced, then it's time to don your VR headset and download Disneyland's extensive virtual theme part experience. Whether your favorite ride is Big Thunder, Space Mountain, or The Twilight Zone Tower, Disneyworld's official YouTube channel is stacked with 360 VR videos that allow you to experience the white-knuckle action of them all from the comfort of your sofa. If you'd rather just soak up the magic of the happiest place on Earth, you can take an idyllic VR stroll through Main Street USA.

Themed Games Transport You Far Away

If you're the kind of traveller who prefers to see as much of the world as possible in one single trip, you might find that online casinos, which offer hundreds of travel-themed games in one place, might be just your cup of tea. Many trusted new online casinos feature themed games that will transport you to the more far-flung corners of the Earth. There's the Ireland-themed Rainbow Riches, the Mexico-themed Jumpin Jalapenos, and Pompeii to transport your senses all the way to Italy, for example. Video games can provide a similarly immersive experience: you may never have considered this aspect, but next time you sit down to a GTA session, perhaps you'll recognize the value in the similarities between fictional "Los Santos" and real-life Los Angeles.

Wander the Globe via Google Street View

All of us have found ourselves listlessly roaming the streets of iconic cities and faraway countries on Google Street View at some point or another. However, if you would rather turn your Street View strolls into something a little bit more enriching, then you can set up a comprehensive Street View itinerary to make it feel like you've just embarked on a weekend city break. You could wander the glamorous avenues of Manhattan, marvel at the views across the Grand Canyon, explore the backstreets of Tokyo, and lounge in the manicured parks of Paris, all in a single afternoon.

Glimpse the Life of Luxury Hotels

If your idea of a perfect vacation is basking in the lap of luxury, then you can transport yourself to the world's most opulent hotels via a virtual hotel tour. There are plenty of options for you to explore, so it all just depends on what your tastes are. For a truly stunning tropical beach getaway, book yourself into a virtual suite at the Bora Bora Pearl Resort and Spa. If the glitz and glamor of Dubai is what appeals to you most, then the 360 tour of the opulent Kempinski Hotel at The Palm is the place for you. What's more, you can do all of these without spending a penny.

Travel enriches the soul: and as we've seen here, that doesn't always mean hopping aboard a plane.

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