The Next Web: This German town replicated itself in VR to keep its tourism alive. “Tourists may soon be able to explore the picturesque cross-timbered houses and historic churches of Herrenberg via virtual reality (VR), thanks to a digital twin developed with the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS).”
MENAFN: Discover Puerto Rico first to offer live guided tours through Google Earth. “Discover Puerto Rico is the first destination to offer live guided tours via Google Earth, transporting at-home wanderlusters to iconic locations on the Island such as Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Toro Verde in Orocovis and Domes Beach in Rincón (pictured left to right), during National Travel and Tourism Week (May 3-9).” Old story but an interesting idea.
Stars and Stripes Japan: If you can’t travel, here’s 11 virtual tours of Japan. “Let the power of technology, like virtual museum tours or live video feeds, decide where to visit on your next holiday—or help you pass your time during a spot of social distancing as coronavirus worries continue. Whether you’re already in Japan, scratching your head because of the closed attractions or still planning your next trip, these fantastic e-tours and live feeds will help you pass the time and maybe even add a few new places to your bucket list.”
The Scotsman: Why people are flocking online for Scottish ‘therapy sheep’. “Now, what was already one of Scotland’s most idiosyncratic tourist attractions has devised a bespoke solution to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, allowing people to take part in online meditation sessions alongside three Herdwick sheep.”
Attractions Magazine: Visit Orlando compiles virtual learning experiences from local attractions. “To help the parents who are juggling working from home, sheltering, and now teaching their children from home, Visit Orlando has compiled a list of more than 20 free online learning activities from the region’s travel partners to keep kids engaged and educated.”
Washingtonian: 100 Ways To Virtually Experience DC During the Coronavirus Pandemic. “Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some of what our great city has to offer. Many of the DC area’s businesses and cultural institutions have gone virtual, offering all sorts of ways to stay connected (and fill your days). We’ve put together a big list of things you can do to experience what Washington has to offer—online.” Big list, decent annotation.
CNET: Bored of life indoors? Take a virtual vacation to the photogenic Faroe Islands. “Starting on Wednesday, curious tourists can take a hike, go kayaking or jump in a helicopter in the Faroes from their sofa thanks to a new remote tourism initiative. Through a web interface, people from anywhere in the world can take control of a Faroese person equipped with a live camera and microphone in minute-long blocks, telling them where to go and what to look at.”
New York Times: 52 Places, Virtually. “When we published our list of 52 places to visit in 2020 three months ago, no one could have guessed how much our world would change. And now, given our stay-at-home circumstances, we’d like to invite you on a series of virtual journeys: You can wander into the belly of an Egyptian pyramid, explore the house where Mozart was born, or fly over the rocky peaks of Glacier National Park.”
Wanted in Europe: Visiting the best European Museums Online. “…traveling abroad isn’t easy. Not only is there a lot of planning involved. There can also be financial burdens. As well as problems that the world is witnessing today. As the Coronavirus infiltrates borders across the globe, many governmental organizations are demanding that museums, and most public places, need to be shut down for public health safety. Despite all of these problems, there is a solution: visiting museums online. Below is a list of ten world-famous museums that provide an enriching experience through virtual tours online.”
MakeUseOf: 13 Breathtaking Google Earth Virtual Tours You Must Explore. “For ages, Google Earth has remained people’s go-to service for browsing our globe. All from the comfort of their home and couches. Google Earth was completely overhauled in 2017. And that introduced more virtual tours to the world’s most exotic places and cultures. This gives you a chance to learn more about them. Here are the thirteen best virtual tours on Google Earth you should explore.” I thought I would know all of these but I didn’t. Good roundup.