Got Wanderlust? Try These Virtual Tours & Trips
If you are a woman who loves to spend her free time traveling and exploring both close to home and afar, and going on girls getaways with your best friends, chances are, the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine have got you in a funk. Spending the first days of spring at home instead of traveling by car, plane or boat to your favorite or new destinations is difficult and its easy to get down. Fortunately, there are a lot of fantastic travel destinations that are offering virtual tours and trips for those chomping at the bit to get out. Who knows, after checking out some of your options, virtual travel might even become your next great passion.
Whether you are stuck at home by yourself or with your kids, there are virtual tours that will help fill the time until covid-19 is under control. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite virtual travel options for women both childless and with kids. So grab your VR devices, read on and get ready to go on your next adventure.
Try Virtual Travel with These Virtual Tours & Trips
The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland aren’t one of the most popular tourist destinations in without reason. They give visitors a taste of Ireland at its most rugged and natural state. It is a Signature Discovery Point at the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The area is home to breathtaking natural beauty as well as a host of bird species including the Guillemot and Razorbills, as well as Atlantic Puffins, Kittiwake, Peregrine Falcon, and Fulmar. In Cliffs of Moher, you can also find endangered bird species like Choughs.
Located on the west coast of Ireland, close to Liscannor village in County Clare, The Cliffs stretch 5 miles and reach 214m (702 feet) in height at their highest point. On a clear day, visitors can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara as well as the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.
You can learn more about the area and check out views from the Cliffs of Moher in 360°-visuals here. Pro tip: If you have a VR headset, you can jack into the site and have a real VR experience!
Skokloster Castle in Skokloster, Sweden
Skokloster Castle in Skokloster, Sweden is located at the countryside 60 km northwest of Stockholm and was built on the shores of Lake Malar in the 17the century. Skokloster Castle is considered a monument from the period when Sweden was one of the most powerful countries in Europe. It was built in the baroque style between 1654 and 1676 and remained untouched for over 300 years. Visitors enjoy a uniquely authentic experience of the time in which this castle was constructed and now you can take a virtual tour of it and plan for your future travels online here.
National Aquarium, Baltimore
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is live streaming their Blacktip Reef, Jellies Invasion, and Pacific Coral Reef exhibits on their website to help everyone bring a little natural wonder into their home. Viewers can zoom in, zoom out, and toggle the cameras around to experience a variety of wildlife in true-to-life recreations of their natural habitats. Tune in to see Blacktail Sharks and Whiptail Rays skimming the sandy floors of the Blacktip Reef while the Blue Blubber Jellies’ unique coloration is the highlight of their blacklight environment and vibrant Clownfish and Yellow Tang dart through the Pacific Coral Reef.
Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Nebraska
Lincoln Children’s Zoo Virtual “Keepers Corner”: Located in Lincoln, Nebraska and designed specifically for children to experience interactive, firsthand encounters with exotic wildlife, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo’s newly launched “Keeper Corner” allows children and wildlife enthusiasts the same up-close, enriching animal experiences from the comfort of their couch. The “Keeper Corner” which launches daily at 3 p.m. CST via the Lincoln Children’s Zoo Facebook page, allows viewers to virtually meet a zookeeper and zoo animals from sloths to tigers, while being educated on interesting facts about the animals, for a fully interactive, entertaining learning experience.
Children’s Museum, Houston
Children’s Museum Houston: Despite being temporarily closed, the Children’s Museum Houston has found a virtual solution to continue its mission of providing innovative child-centered learning and educational resources to all. The Education team has begun sharing DIY experiments, fun activities, and behind-the-scenes content of the exhibits on the Museum’s YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter pages tied to a virtual learning schedule (included below). The warm personalities of their employees and community members jump right off the screen and make for an engaging and informative experience for all who tune in. No need to visit the museum when they are bringing it right to you! Daily Virtual Learning – Broadcast Schedule: 10:15 a.m – O Wow Moment on Facebook; 11:15 a.m. – Story Time (English) sponsored by Phillips 66 on Instagram; 12:15 p.m. – Educator Moment on Facebook or Instagram.; 1:15 p.m. – Story Time (Spanish) sponsored by Phillips 66 on Instagram; 3:15 p.m. – Toddler Time sponsored by McGovern Foundation on YouTube.
Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, Nebraska
Rowe Sanctuary LIVE Crane CAM: Located in Gibbon, Nebraska, Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary, the nature sanctuary and non-profit organization that focuses on conservation of the Platte River ecosystem and the birds that rely on it, allows birding and nature enthusiasts the unique opportunity to connect with nature in a new, virtual way, while still experiencing the annual spectacle that is the sandhill crane migration. View the second largest animal migration in the world at home with Rowe Sanctuary’s virtual crane cam. The crane cam is set up on the Rowe Sanctuary and viewers can to see and hear the cranes on their river roost 24 hours a day through the live recording, in addition to other wildlife, such as white-tailed deer and bobcats. Peak times to view the cranes are during their feeding time, around sunrise and sunset, before they depart Nebraska’s Platte River.
Nonsuch Island, Bermuda
Nonsuch Island LIVE Cahow CAM: Located just off the coast of Bermuda is home to a Lazarus species, the Cahow (or Bermuda Petrel). After being thought to be extinct for more than 300 years, 17 pairs were rediscovered in the 1950s. Remarkable recovery efforts and a successful management plan have resulted that the cahow is back to more than 135 pairs that live only here in Bermuda. Working closely with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, LookBermuda’s Nonsuch Expeditions offer live video from the underground nesting burrows, and you can actually “visit” these birds from across the world on your computer screen. It is exciting to see the new chicks this year! More info, and the live streams, can be found on this site: http://www.nonsuchisland.com/live-cahow-cam
Palace of Versailles, France
You can enjoy a virtual tour of The Palace of Versailles, France here, and learn while taking in the building’s majesty. The Palace of Versailles is located in the city of Versailles, Yvelines département, Île-de-France region, northern France, 10 miles west-southwest of Paris. It was created by King Louis XIV as a hunting lodge and private retreat. Under his guidance, it was transformed into an extravagant residence featuring French and English gardens, a bronze equestrian statue of Louis XIV, the Opéra Royal and so much more. The idea was to show off the King’s greatness. Today you can get the full virtual experience from the comfort of your home while sheltering in place during the Covid-19 pandemic with your VR headset and a downloadable app found right on this site.