If you’ve never driven in the Swiss Alps or walked the streets of teeming metropolises like Tokyo or Mexico City, then the website Drive and Listen is the next best thing.
Using point-of-view videos paired with live radio streams from locations around the world, you can experience what it’s like to drive a car, motorcycle or bicycle in places near and far.
If that’s not enough, there are other options, like walking or hiking tours, or more static cameras offering views out of windows or of natural landscapes.
Open a stream in your second monitor while you’re working and imagine you’re typing on a train to Hanoi or in the front seat of a car driving through Cancun.
Virtual travel is having a moment thanks to the ongoing pandemic. GlobeBop is an example of the sort of website that lets you travel the world from the comfort of your desktop.
Simply click on the globe icon and a random image from Google Street View appears. Some are awe-inspiring, some are mundane, but all are guaranteed to transport you somewhere you’ve likely never been before.
If you want to know what you’re looking at, click on the map pin and a map view of the location appears on the screen with its geographical coordinates.
GlobeBop likely won’t be a website that you come back to again and again for travel inspiration, but it will provide a brief diversion until we can all travel freely again.