Travel has long been restricted to a select population: Those with able bodies, enough time and disposable income to support themselves and a rock-hard stomach for airports and flying. All that is changing with virtual reality.
With the advent of VR travel, it is now possible to see all the places on that bucket list for a fraction of the price and without ever leaving home. Two of the most popular VR headsets are Samsung Gear ($99) or Google Cardboard ($8). Wither it’s to check out a locale, scope out a cruise ship, or take a peek at a resort before booking; travel has never been better with VR headsets.
Here are some ways to get to the next VR destination:
Google Street View
Google has tons of data from all over the world which is accessible for free with the app on both Android and iOs devices. One downside is the headset must be removed to interact with the app.
From the Discovery Network comes this VR app for Android and iOs which specializes in extreme experiences like diving with sharks and zip-lining through a canyon.
Known for its wide variety of VR content, Jaunt has a selection of travel tour videos like Machu Picchu, Rwanda and the Redwoods. Available free on Android, iOs and Gear VR.
They have a plethora of VR experiences from college campuses, hotels, cruises and even whole cities. The app is a dream to use as well; navigate just by looking, no need for a controller or buttons. Free on Android, iOs and Gear VR.
Ascape Virtual Travel and Tours
The place to go for travel inspiration. Ascape has 100-plus beautifully shot VR tours from around the world, including activities, resorts and cities. Free on Android, iOs and Gear VR. The only downside is navigation which is by touch-screen.
Sites in VR and Orbulus are worth a try; both are available for Android and iOs. Samsung Milk VR and YouTubeare also good for Android.
Also, look for single-destination apps such as Paris, Tokyo, Cyprus, NYC or the Caribbean, as well as sites from around the world like the Toumanian Museum in Armenia, Museo Maya de América, the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Liege Cathedral in Belgium.