The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived……we can now travel without leaving the house. Virtual tourism has entered our reality. We have broken down what virtual tourism is? Why it’s good and bad? And if it’s worth even considering??

What is Virtual Tourism

Virtual Tourism is like playing pretend travel on a computer or a special screen. You can see different places far away from your home without going there. It’s kind of like watching a movie about a fun trip.

Some good things about virtual touring the world are that it’s cheaper than real travel, and you don’t have to pack your bags or spend a long time on an airplane. It’s also helpful for people who can’t go on real trips because they are not feeling well, or they have trouble walking.

However, there are some not-so-good things about virtual tourism. You can’t really touch, smell, or taste the things you see in the pretend trip, and you might not feel as happy and excited as you would if you were actually visiting those places.

Does Virtual Tourism Cost Anything?

There are free options and there are options that are going to cost you. Travelzoo just made a BIGGGG announcement that they are launching Travelzoo META, a members-only service. They are accepting its first one million Founding Members to offer what they are referring to as groundbreaking Metaverse travel experiences. Operated Travelzoo, the platform allows users to virtually explore remote locations, historical periods, and imaginative spaces using a simple browser on their mobile or desktop devices. Founding Members will receive unique NFT-based Travel Companions and can participate in shaping the development of Metaverse travel experiences.

The interesting part of Travelzoo Meta is their experiences are intended to allow its members to explore hard-to-reach corners of the world, like summiting Mount Everest, or travel back in time—to Ancient Rome. They can also discover new spaces beyond imagination. The option of going back in time is a very different experience.

Free options to travel in the metaverse also exist and have been around since 2020 (who knew?). The Travel Intern has 17 tours that you can see for free. Some of the tours include the following places.

  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Great Wall of China, China
  • Taj Mahal, India
  • Khumbu Valley, Nepal
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, USA
  • The Vatican, Italy

Advantages to Virtual Tourism

  • You don’t have to pack
  • You can go places you might not otherwise be able to. This includes places like space, Mount Everest or possibly a dream vacation you never thought you would be able to afford
  • You can travel with family or friends, or solo travel. It’s up to you
  • Fear of flying won’t stop you from seeing the world
  • Spend less money – no hotel fee, no food and no excursion fee

Disadvantages to Virtual Tourism

  • You will not be able to touch the sand or taste the food in the different locations. In other words it will look nice, but you won’t necessarily get the same feeling as if you actually went there.
  • It’s not the real thing.

Virtual tourism can be fun, but it’s not always better than real travel. Sometimes it’s nice to touch the sand at the beach or taste new foods in different countries. It’s good for you to decide which one is best for you, depending on what you like and how much money and time you have.

What do you think about virtually traveling the world? Is it something you are looking forward to or would you rather hop on a plane and travel to your favorite destination?