How you can travel the world from your own home using VR
Many of us long to travel to locations far and wide, experience the local culture and immerse ourselves in something new – but it has its setbacks.
Worldwide travel can be expensive, and life is unpredictable and can put our travel plans, sadly, on hold.
Innovations in technology have made travel even easier, and now you can travel the entire world without even leaving your front room with groundbreaking Virtual Reality technology.
Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulation of a 3D environment that can be interacted with in a physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, ordinarily goggles.
Here at ITR we have taken a look at the top Virtual Reality apps that allow you to travel the world from your very own home:
Google Earth VR
Have you ever wanted to fly around the world? With Google Earth VR – You can!
You begin in space floating above the planet, where you can zoom in on a location of your choice and begin exploring.
From the highest mountains to your favourite amusement park, anything is possible. If you need inspiration for your next adventure, Google provides tours of famous landmarks, along with themed destinations.
You can even go from day to night in the simple click of a button to see how these locations look at different times.
Ascape Virtual Travel and Tour
Explore the world with virtual tours and journeys with Ascape.
Dedicated solely to travel, within Ascape you can not only visit different locations from across the world you can also see magnificent spectacles such as the character parade at Disneyworld Florida.
The service has more than 100 virtual tours of destinations around the world including resorts, cities, and experiences that you can explore simply by tilting your body.
Jaunt VR has a selection of high-quality travel VR videos including Nepal, Machu Picchu, Syria and Jerusalem among others that you can sit back and watch or take control of yourself.
You can explore a variety of different countries, as well as holiday resorts that you can check into in the real world.
Travel is just the beginning at Jaunt, which also includes VR films, music and sports if you long to kick back and relax after a long session of exploration.
You can witness concerts, sports games and attend virtual events as well as traveling, all without the expense of entry tickets and transportation.
If travelling to you is all about exploring beautiful landmarks and attractions – look no further than Sites VR.
This app allows you to tour landmarks in exotic countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco, Kuwait, Yemen, Macedonia, Holland, Belgium, and France.
Users can examine the marvels of architecture, visit mosques, tombs, palaces, museums, castles, towers, historic houses, religious sites, ancient cities and other places with more than a thousand 360 degree panoramic images in high quality.
Animal lovers rejoice! Virtual Gorilla is set to take you on a breath-taking safari journey like no other.
Join tour guide Big Sam and be taken on a journey across an African Safari. Experience what it’s like to be ‘kissed’ by a wild mountain gorilla, and witness lions and buffalo in their natural habitat.
Cruise the channels of Queen Elizabeth National Park with elephants and hippos or fly over the Savannah in a hot air balloon.
Titans Of Space
Holidays to the moon may not be a reality yet – but with Titans Of Space, we’re almost there!
Described as ‘better than a trip to the planetarium’, this app allows you to undertake a short guided tour of space in order to understand the sheer size and scale of our universe.
The journey is packed full of accurate visuals and facts for over 40 celestial bodies, and accompanied by 60 minutes of a knowledgeable voice-over to guide you on your galactic break.