While travel is slowing coming back, most of us are still stuck at home which means virtual experiences are one of the few ways to still experience the world. Slow TV is a fantastic resource that catalogues a host of languorous videos that let you view the world in a laid back way.
Take a first-person evening walk through the streets of Tokyo or a leafy hike along a British Columbia trail. These videos are relaxing and eye-opening portals into life in other places.
Since they are long and not narrated in any way, these videos might not hold your attention from start to finish, but they are nice to have on in the background while you’re working at your computer. I like to run mine on a second monitor while I’m doing other work then, when I need a distraction, watch what’s going on in another part of the world and dream of the day that I get to see it in person.
Canadian travel tech company sherpa˚ has developed a Travel Reopening Map that lets travellers search for destinations open to travel and the COVID-19 testing and quarantine rules for both outgoing and return routes.
To power the map, sherpa˚ processes data from thousands of sources, including governments, airlines, airports, tourism boards, public forums and media outlets.
“International travel is an important part of our global economy and human experience; yet, planning travel in a global pandemic is a challenge,” said sherpa° CEO, Max Tremaine in a press release announcing the tool.
“Our team’s mission was to deliver a digital solution that closes the information gap with the real-time accuracy travellers need to make informed decisions and travel confidently.”
The map-based UI is customizable and can be integrated into partners’ websites and apps via embeddable widgets, API or white-label web apps in a number of languages.
American Airlines was the first partner to launch the map.
How good are you at guessing the identity of a city from a first-person video? City Guesser is a fun website that lets you test that skill. You have the choice of worldwide videos or clips from specific countries like Canada and the United States or more general geographic areas like Europe.
For added challenge, the site offers different levels of difficulty and lets you keep track of your streaks. There’s even a multiplayer version so you can challenge your skills against others.
Who wouldn’t want the superpower to teleport to any place on the globe instantly? It may not be as good as the real thing, but Globe Genie harnesses the power of Google Street View to send you just about anywhere, virtually.