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Adventure awaits ... even if you’re stuck at home

Visit your favourite destinations with the help of virtual technology.

Even though the pandemic has forced closures and cancellations of all kinds of fun stuff, like art galleries, vacations and live shows, we can still experience some of those things we miss. Thanks to technology, it’s all possible without having to venture out the front door. We’ve compiled a list of virtual experiences that are worth a try.

Take a simulated trip

Got a bad case of wanderlust? While physically travelling continues to be a challenge, you can still discover a number of tourist attractions around the world. This 360-degree video lets you take a quick tour of Tokyo in 2D, or use a virtual reality headset for a more immersive experience (more on VR technology below). Explore the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu,[1] fly over volcanoes in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park or take a walk along the Great Wall of China.[2] The internet has endless options and visiting several destinations is easily done in an hour or two. True, it may not beat a real-life experience, but it’s a pretty good and safe alternative.

Arts and culture … online

If you love getting lost in museums or art galleries, you can still visit many of them virtually, with the added bonus of not having to plan an expensive vacation to reach them in person. Explore the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Take a trip to the Louvre in Paris, or stay on this side of the Atlantic and check out New York City’s Guggenheim Museum.

Don’t forget that Canada also has its share of impressive museums and galleries.[3] The Canadian Museum of History, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Montreal Gallery of Fine Arts all offer online experiences for virtual visitors.

Google has come up with a really cool feature that lets you access a variety of activities, travel to various destinations, see art, and explore history and different cultures. Check out Google arts and culture to see this impressive assortment of interactive experiences, all available free of charge.

Virtual shows and concerts

For those who are sorely missing shows or concerts, various groups and artists have been able to offer some respite through videos or virtual concerts. For theatre lovers, the Stratford Festival has a number of shows viewers can tune into. Cirque du Soleil has created a collection of hour-long specials and behind-the-scenes looks to keep fans entertained.

There are also tons of sites that feature live-stream concerts, such as LivexLive or StageIt for those who are interested in up-and-coming artists. Ticket prices can vary, as they would in real life. Other places to look for live performances include YouTube and social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram Live and Twitter Live.