Summer is great. It used to be even better during school when we got a months-long break that actually allowed us to travel. But who says that you need to go on vacation in order to see things you’ve never seen before?
While nothing can compare to the feeling of being in a different place, technology is sure trying hard to recreate that! Does it work out smoothly? Probably not. Still, it’s worth a shot if you really feel like traveling and aren’t able to do it. Here are 5 ways you can take a mini vacation without leaving your house.
Ride a theme park
There’s a whole subset of YouTube videos dedicated to bringing the theme park experience right into your home. For starters there’s Defunctland, which is a YouTube channel that focuses on the history of extincted theme parks. It’s an extremely interesting and popular channel that has branched out into a podcast, and even VR, which transform the whole rollercoaster experience into something even more immersive. If you just want to experience a cool ride, YouTube’s got you covered as well.
Look at some zoo animal live-feeds
Zoos tend to remind us of vacation activities, right? Why not watch some live streams of your favorite animals as a way of relaxing and forgetting that you’re still at home and that you have work tomorrow?
There are feeds for all sorts of animals, ranging from elephants to penguins to pandas. While it’s not the most active of viewing experiences, since these are live streams and are not edited clips, it makes it very special and rewarding when something does happen.
Virtual museum tours
A lot of great museums are now offering ways of viewing their content from the comfort of your home, giving you the chance to appreciate some of their art without feeling like you’re surrounded by people smarter than you.
While most of the artwork won’t be available on most museum virtual tours, you can still catch a glimpse of some of the classics. Here’s a list with some of the best tours.
Alas, when you’ve exhausted all options there’s always the Instagram travel tag, which can depress you as much as it can transport you. There’s all sorts of influencers out there who live off of traveling. You can find daredevil accounts, fashion, foodies or more. Scroll with care.