The Corona Virus is undoubtedly taking it’s toll on all aspects of our lives, including travel.The world’s top tourist attractions are closed and the streets of some of the world’s favorite cities remain barren. In many areas the kids are home from school for an undetermined amount of time. As a family it may be difficult to find things to stay entertained and as travelers’ our wanderlust may be at it’s highest. While we may not be able to get out and explore, there are plenty of opportunities for us to enter the virtual world of travel and continue to learn about and experience other cultures.
I will not sit here and give you medical advice on the subject, but as a long term care nurse I can tell you that this virus can be much more devastating to the elderly population and that is why such drastic measures need to be and are being taken to help prevent its spread. I will not focus much on this however, but will rather shift to what you can do to help feed your wanderlust and keep your young ones learning about the world during this difficult time.
There are plenty of museums around the world that are offering virtual tours to continue to allow guests to experience the museums-from the safety and comfort of their own homes.
Perhaps one of France’s most famous museums, the Louvre has three different options available for virtual tours. Explore the history of the Egyptians with the Egyptian Antiquities virtual tour, discover the history and remains of the moat that once surrounded the Louvre (once a fortress built by King Philippe Auguste). View the works of art on display in the Galerie d’Apollon.
The New England Aquarium may be closed to visitors at this time, but they are offering live videos of their everyday activities such as feedings, tours, and other behind the scenes looks, as well as at home activities that can be done as a family.
3.) Vatican Museums
Spend some time exploring the Vatican Museums of Italy, such as the Pio Clementino Museum, Sistine Chapel, Niccoline Chapel, and the New Wing. Explore the artwork and history of these museums from the comfort of your own living room.
Explore a variety of different natural world permanent and temporary exhibits through virtual tours offered by the National Museum of Natural History. Also included are virtual tours of the Smithsonian Castle and Hirshhorn Sculptures.
Although live shows for the rest of the season have been cancelled by the Met Opera, they are offering regular streams of the performances to be watched online, with a different performance offered nightly.
Explore interactive virtual exhibits through the British Museum that explore the culture and history of countries around the world. Explore exhibits from 2,000,000 BC to 2000 AD.
Visit the Georgia Aquarium’s webpage for live animal webcams where you can watch the daily routine of Beluga Whale, piranhas, sea otters, barrier reefs, and more.
National Parks in the United States You Can Visit Virtually-Google Arts and Cultures has produced interactive experiences with five different US National Parks that you can explore from the comfort of your couch.
Take a virtual tour through Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska and see glaciers, fjords, and icebergs located through the park. You can view an educational video, interact with a crevase, watch a glacier melt, kayak through some icebergs, and learn about the effects of climate change.
The virtual experience on Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii lets you explore the Nahuku Lava Tube, fly over an active volcano, learn about the impact of a volcano eruption, and enjoy some views from volcano coastal cliffs.
Dry Tortugas National Park is located on a small island approximately 70 miles west of Key West. The island features a Civil War era fort, barrier reef, and shipwreck, all of which you an enjoy through the virtual tour. View the variety of different ocean species located in the clear blue waters off of the island. Explore the remains of Fort Jefferson and take in stunning ocean views.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a desert area located in New Mexico that is home to over 100 caves. Walk through the caves on a virtual tour, view rock formations, and you may even run in to some bats on the virtual tour.
Bryce Canyon National Park is a national park consisting of a number of different rock formations. View the park at night under a star filled sky, explore the rock formations, and go for a horseback ride.