The world is, quite literally, at your fingertips as technology gives you the chance to trek all over the world… without leaving your armchair
The early-summer has turned grey, although we are all hoping for the sunshine to return. Until then, why not take a virtual tour?
Already one of the top tourist destinations in the country, the Lakes have become something of a hit in the cyber universe too, as webcams at the likes of Windermere, Coniston Water and Ullswater bring the beauty and atmosphere of the national park to a computer screen. lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/webcams-videos-and-photos/webcams
Webcams add a different dimension to the virtual tours of museums, galleries and landmarks which have become increasingly popular during days of isolation and self-confinement throughout the Coronavirus lockdown.
And not only are they a welcome break from the tedium of those box sets you were recommended but only waded through because you couldn’t think of anything else to do, they are also educational.
For instance, while you are mooching around Buckingham Palace, enjoying the 360-degree tours of the Throne Room, Grand Staircase and the White Drawing Room you can click on information points to learn about their history. royal.uk/virtual-tours-buckingham-palace
Similarly, Stonehenge, where their virtual feature offers panoramic views from the centre of the iconic stone circle and an interactive feature which allows you to click on specific points to learn more about the history. It’s like having a personal tour without the accompanying howl of traffic from the nearby A303. english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/
But, in these digital times, the world is your oyster, and although foreign travel has been suspended, there is nothing to stop you taking in some of the world’s most culturally-important sites – all from your own front room.
Always fancied trekking to Machu Picchu but can’t stomach the threat of altitude sickness as you climb through the Andes? No problem, you can take the virtual tour of the stunning Incan citadel with sweeping views and a detailed commentary. youvisit.com/tour/machupicchu
For sheer spectacle, step out on the Great Wall of China where, with just a series of clicks, you can walk the stretch from Jinshanling to Simatai, taking in stunning views of the barren landscape. thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china
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