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How to take a virtual trip around the world

Everything might be closed right now, but can still go globe-trotting – without setting foot outside.

All you need is a device and the internet, and you’ll have access to some of the best bits of the planet right at your fingertips.

You might not experience the warm breeze in the tropics or the smell of a hotdog stand in the city, but it’s a great way to explore without leaving your sofa.

Feed your wanderlust without getting into trouble and check out some of these amazing virtual tours ready to explore.

See the ancient ruins of Athens up close

The temple of Parthenon atop the ancient Acropolis
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The ancient ruins of Greece might be off-limits at the moment, but you can still experience some of the highlights of Athens right where you are.

Admired by tourists for centuries, this history-packed destination is one of the world’s oldest cities, and home to some of the world’s most well-known landmarks. 

And now you can get a 360° view of the city directly from your device – and learn about it too.

Get started here.

Explore Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
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Forget trying to get a flight to to Peru to marvel the wonders of Machu Picchu, just hop online and get exploring.

The virtual tour of this Unesco World Heritage site is fully immersive and you can enjoy 360° views of this famous Inca ruins and the surrounding landscapes.

There’s a really informative narrator too, and if you look closely, you might just spot some of the really cute native alpacas.

Explore here.

Visit the pyramids

The Sphinx is seen in front of the Pyramid of Chephren
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Always wanted to see the pyramids? Well you can now take a panoramic tour of these awe-inspiring structures without setting foot in Egypt.  The Great Pyramids of Giza are the focus of this amazing tour – the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.

This tour gives an aerial view of the pyramids, the Gaze of Great Sphynx and even a sunset over the neighbouring suburbs. Take a look here.

Take a tour around Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan
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This whistle-stop tour offers a bite-sized but full experience of the beautiful city of Tokyo – and it’s all killer no filler. The Japan National Tourism Organization has created this 360° virtual reality video where viewers can walk across the Shibuya crossing, win a Pikachu from an arcade and make friends with a robot.

It works best with a VR headset, but there’s a 2D version too. Explore here.

Walk the Great Wall of China

The Great Wall
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The power of the internet means you can also hike the Great Wall of China – and it won’t even cut into your daily walk.

This virtual tour covers over six miles of the wall on the stretch between Jinshanling and Simatai.  The experience has been put together by a local tour guide and includes some really interesting facts and snippets of information too.  Get started here.

Watch the sunset off the Cliffs of Moher

OBriens Tower on the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland.
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The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience will remain closed until April 19 but you don’t have to hop over to Ireland to see the beautiful views. 

It’s Ireland at its most natural, rugged, panoramic and breathtaking – a historical landmark and a geographical wonder.

Take a virtual stroll along this sweeping stretch of coastline using the online tour and see the sun setting on the horizon along with other landmarks on the patch.  Take the tour here.

Explore the Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
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The world-famous Taj Mahal is located in the far away Indian city of Agra. Known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a visit to this landmark is on many a bucket list. 

And now you can get a close up look at this magnificent feat of architecture and history directly from your device. This virtual tour allows you to easily jump to different vantage points and get the best views of this amazing place.  Start exploring here.

Wander down the Las Vegas Strip

The Las Vegas Strip
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The city that never sleeps has been forced to take a nap, but even if you can’t get out to see the bright lights of Las Vegas, you can still explore the iconic destination.

Take a three-dimensional view of Vegas’s world famous hotels, resorts and casinos and see the highlights of the glittering sunset strip in all its glory right here.

Go for a stroll around New York‘s Central Park

Central Park, New York
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Bring Central Park to you with this guided, virtual walk that starts at West 72nd Street and takes you through the heart of the world-famous urban park.

You’ll even learn some of the history of the landscapes and the landmarks found within its 842 acres. Start here.

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Experience the planet’s most active volcanoes

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to some of nature’s most awe-inspiring wonders. After a short video introduction, you’ll be able to take a guided virtual tour of the geological phenomenon. 

You’ll see the lava tubes, the volcanic cliffs and even inside a rumbling active volcano while your guide – the park ranger – takes you on an adventure.  Start here. FYI – for the full experience, plug your headphones in.

See the Northern Lights

The Milky Way and northern lights
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Every night, Polar Bears International and Explore.org are streaming the night sky.  Broadcasting the celestial light show across the globe, visitors to the website can catch a glimpse of the natural phenomenon without travelling out of the country.

This live cam is located directly underneath the aurora oval – one of the best places on earth to watch the aurora borealis, and Spring is one of the best times to catch it too.

Go on adventures in Wales

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Wales is home to some amazing landscapes, from challenging mountains and hills, to beautiful coastlines, rolling countryside and woodlands to explore.  Check out these 360° videos and get planning your next adventure for when the lockdown is lifted.

Filmed on location with a state of the art 360° camera rig to capture all the action, you can go coasteering, swim with dolphins, fly over a quarry on a zipline and more, all from the comfort of your own home.  Check them out here.

Hike through famous National Parks from around the world

Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Google Earth has used its cutting edge technology to create virtual tours of some of the best national parks across the globe.

A total of 31 have been captured and digitally immortalised meaning the sweeping vistas of these bucket-list destinations can now be explored from the comfort of your front room.

From Yellowstone to Yosemite, The Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains, you can get a first-class look at these world-renowned natural landmarks without stepping a foot outdoors.

Check them out here.

The most colourful communities on the planet

Photo of colourful properties in the Bo-kaap region of Cape Town, South Africa
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Take a wander down the streets of some of the most brightly coloured towns and villages found on earth, without moving off the sofa.

Marvel at the paintbox palette of homes and buildings, get an up close look at the rainbow of beautiful colours and hues that make up these neighbourhoods.

Walk the most colourful streets in the world here.