Did you know that you don’t have to go out at all to roam around in other countries? With Street View you can easily take virtual tours. This is how you book your ‘Street View holiday’.
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Take a Street View vacation
During the corona crisis, traffic on Google Street View has skyrocketed. People take virtual tours because they want to see the world from home. Much of the world has been captured and is ready to be discovered. But where are you going to look? Android Planet lends you a hand.
1. Choose randomly
The most natural start to your search is of course trying it yourself. Pick a point on the map and see if Google’s cameras have been there. Stroll through the streets and see what you encounter. Using the app, it is very easy to see where Street View is and where it isn’t. Double tap the road to walk.
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2. Play a game
If you prefer to be surprised by locations, it is fun to turn it into a game. There are several websites for that. Check GeoGuessr to guess where you are based on what you see via Street View. Via Map Crunch you just get to see a random location.
Visit a museum
You may know Street View mainly from the outdoor locations, but you can also go inside more and more. For example at companies, but also at various museums. Via Street View you can take a look at the Guggenheim (New York), Musée D’Orsay (Paris) and Tokyo National Museum. The Palace of Versailles and the ruins of Machu Picchu are also more than worth a visit.
4. Use virtual reality
Discovering the world through your smartphone screen is of course fun, but it only really becomes a journey when you put on VR glasses. In virtual reality it almost seems like you are walking there yourself! This is possible with Google’s own app Google Earth VR for Oculus and Vive.
The Wander app is also available for the Oculus glasses. Wander uses data from Google Street View, but dresses the experience slightly differently. The result is a very nice way to discover the world virtually.
More travel from your couch
Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t see the world. It is also possible, for example, by watching one of the many travel channels on YouTube. You can also escape to another place by listening to an audiobook.