Imagine yourself standing on a snowcapped Mt. Titlis in Engelberg, Switzerland. The freezing temperatures make you shiver and yet the landscape, its unparalleled beauty, enchanting you. There is no crowd, there are no lines, and there are no waiting periods. It’s just you all alone, right there at your dream destination. Well, how if we added that this is possible while at the comfort of you sitting in your home? Yes, this possibility is fast becoming a reality with Virtual tourism.
Mark Zuckerberg, in one of his speeches in 2017 said, “Virtual Reality is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.” Virtual tourism is perhaps a kind of virtual reality only. It is a mockup experience of any part of the world that usually constitutes a series of video or photographs. Other multimedia elements such as sound effects, music, narration, and text may or may not be a part of the same.
Virtual tours are an evolved version of walkthrough presentations that started off in the late 1990s. In fact, the sudden strike of COVID19 pandemic times can prove to be a game-changer for the tourism industry and the concept of travelling as a whole. But prior to this as well there were some museums and travel companies like Thomas cook that were offering Virtual tours. The consequent lockdown due to the global pandemic has given Virtual tourism to establish its position among avid travellers.
Virtual tourism today comprises of all online media that promises the user an in-depth tour of a destination. The content may range from carefully curated virtual tours by travel agencies to YouTube vlogs, photo and detailed blog posts and more. Further Kalpnik, a spiritual virtual reality website simplifies the four options of experiencing spiritual places virtually. They are:
- 360-degree experience where pre-recorded videos are there.
- Computer vision which offers virtual objects apart from the stream.
- Gestures where viewers can feel and touch the virtual objects.
- Immersive Virtual Reality: where the person can experience the place in the most disruptive way via VR.
Why Virtual Tourism is More Sustainable than You Think:
This kind of tourism is sustainable in more ways than the normal way of travelling. One that it will lessen the overall travel led pollution whether it is a road trip or air travels. Secondly, it will also have a drastic financial implication for frequent travellers or people who take a regular annual or bi-annual international family trip. Additionally, this kind of tourism will give one freedom to enjoy a place without the constraints of time and crowd. Notably, in the normal way of travelling both these factors are limited. Moreover, the experience of seeing a classic gem like Mona Lisa without being jostled or distracted by the camera flashes by a hundred others would be a far more gratifying experience.
Where Can You Find the Best Virtual Tours by Embassies, Travel Cos. & more:
One of the key forerunners in Virtual Tourism is, of course, Google Arts & Culture that has collaborated with 2500 plus museums and galleries for providing virtual tours. Some of these museums are British Museum, London, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Guggenheim Museum, New York
Other than this channel, many official government tourism websites have also started offering virtual tours of different provinces in the respective countries. See some of the best virtual tours by embassies here Thailand Virtual Tours, Vietnam Virtual Tours, Italy Virtual tour
Furthermore, the top private brands offering virtual tours are Kalpnik, Airpano, Flyview360, Quaqua.
Along with this, there is a long list of travel bloggers & video-loggers (of course we being one of them) who are committed to publishing meaningful content for quenching your yearning to travel.
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