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Discover the New Way of Travelling to Your Dream Destination at the Click of a Mouse: Virtual Tourism

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.

Virtual tourism is quite sustainable and the best virtual tours by embassies, private travel operators and more are really a binge-watch!
Virtual tourism is quite sustainable and the best virtual tours by embassies, private travel operators and more are really a binge-watch!

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.  

Travelers don't hold yourself from travelling  there are best virtual tours by embassies, private travel operators and more
Travellers don’t hold yourself from travelling there are best virtual tours by embassies, private travel operators and more

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.

Best virtual tours by embassies, private travel companies offer great satisfaction to a travel lover
Best virtual tours by embassies, private travel companies & more offer great satisfaction to a travel lover

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.

Happy Travelling!

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(17) Comments

  1. You made me miss a vacation even more with this post! Thankfully though, you gave me a wonderful way to experience it virtually too. This sounds interesting and would be a great way to travel in current times.

  2. This is a very innovative way of traveling and virtual tour is the need of the hour. I find this idea quite cool .

  3. I have been reading lately a lot on this topic. With changing scenario, this will be a part of the new normal. And probably for good as it will me more sustainable as you mentioned.

  4. I was craving to see new places. It’s been a while being locked down within four walls. This post was such a revelation. Need of the hour post.

  5. This is really cool thing to do. I have to search more about it. We are missing out on travel so much in last 6 months!

  6. I have been doing this for quite some time by your blog you have some amazing travel post and trust me I enjoy each and every of them yes virtual tourism is a great initiative and thanks for sharing about it

    1. Aww coming from you these kind words mean so much to me.

  7. Since pandemic, virtual field is gaining popularity and now we have virtual travel tour as well. This would sound so interesting to experience for the first time.

    1. Nice article on virtual tourism.

  8. This is exciting development in the tourism world. While it will be very exciting to be able to visit places, especially far off places closely, i wonder how affordable it will be.

  9. What a helpful post…Thank for this. Virtual tours are the way forward for about a year or so…

  10. What an interesting concept! I agree with your point about virtual tourism being more sustainable for the environment. How much do these tours cost? I’m sure they’re not free!

    1. There are some tours that are for free mostly the government organised ones are free while some more sophisticated ones are paid.

  11. I was wanting to know more about these tours and your article nailed it

    1. Thanks and glad that you found it helpful.

  12. Great way to get the thrill of travelling

  13. great way to get the travel thrill

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