How’s social distancing going for you? Have you gone stir crazy yet or have you fallen into a new routine? Either way, this “new normal” will never be “normal”. The adventurer in us is itching to get out and we’re here to help. Over here at Big Paw Tours, our new driver’s seat is our office chair planted in front of the computer with a virtual tour on screen. Yes, a virtual tour.
Want to go to a museum today? We got you. Had a Disney World trip planned and had to cancel? Get your kids a front-row seat to the happiest place on Earth without the crowds? Or maybe South America is calling your name? Yes, we even have that covered. Experience everything from the comfort of your couch, bed, or wherever. We know it’s not the same as being there in person, but if it’s looking at something that isn’t our laptop, or the “Are you still watching?” notification on Netflix, count us in.
Plus, this is a great way to get a head-start on planning where you want to go when traveling becomes a thing again.
Walt Disney World
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, prepare to hold on to the railing, it’s going to be a fun ride. With the world’s favorite theme park closed until further notice, people are struggling with the idea that Disney World is now just a memory. Until now, that is. While the park is still closed for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring it up on your TV screen and take a virtual tour of the “happiest place on Earth.” Want to get the real experience? Fry up some fried dough or pop a waffle in the toaster and lather it up with some Nutella. Explore Disney World here with a virtual tour of every park in the Disney family. Best part? No lines or crowds!
Join Mickey Mouse and all his friends.
We’ve got the “how to” on how to spice up your date nights. While a day at the museum may not be your kids’ idea of a great adventure, adults will love taking a virtual tour of one of the world’s most famous museums, The Louvre in Paris. Grill up some nice steaks, pour a nice glass of red wine, and cozy up as you adventure around parts of the museum. Take a virtual tour of the museum’s Egyptian Antiquities, as well as a number of other experiences that will have you experiencing this cultural classic from the comfort of your couch, and without the price of a plane ticket to Paris.
Take date night into a whole other level.
The Northern Lights
Still wanting to cross things off your bucket list… or at least do it theoretically? Then let’s take a virtual trip to Manitoba, Canada. A place that not many people call home, is where the Northern Lights call home frequently. Polar Bears International and Explore.org have teamed up to make Northern Lights viewing available to you via a live stream. Head over here any time of the day to learn more about the Northern Lights phenomenon, and be sure to tune in at night for the opportunity to see the Northern Lights do their dance.
Light up your living room with the Northern Lights.
If you’re like us and frequent National Parks often, then we know how you feel. While we can’t go there in person, we can experience them virtually thanks to Google Earth. Your hike from your couch may not be as much of a workout as the real deal, but we promise it will feel great to see nature in all of its beauty. If you want to get that workout in, try some mountain climbers 😉
What National Park do you want to virtually visit?
Monterey Bay Aquarium
This one is for the kids and may even get you off the hook for homeschooling some days 😉 The aquarium is always a fun, educational activity for people of all ages I hope you can hold your breath because the aquarium is about to take a big splash into your home. Live cams in a number of different exhibits make you feel like you’re right there.
Visit some of your favorite exhibits.
Great Wall of China
Visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World is a bucket list item for many, and an item that unfortunately will have to wait. However, if you’re looking to fulfill your desires of seeing one of these places in whatever way you can right now, then you are in luck. The Great Wall of China can be visited via a virtual tour and though it may not be as mind-blowing as seeing it in real life, it’s a pretty good close second.
How great is this wall?
This time of year is perfect to visit South America and you still can! The Chile 360 app. Explore Chile from the palm of your hand with the app that takes you through this beautiful country’s hottest spots, including Easter Island. There are some stunning nature and culture in Chile that is waiting to be explored.
What better way to plan your next trip.
Winchester Mystery House
If you’re up for a good spook, then the Winchester Mystery House is for you! Built in the late 1800s, this house is famous for the oddities that exist throughout it. From stairways that lead to absolutely nothing to doors that are opened to a brick wall, this is one strange house. It is rumored that Mrs. Winchester built her house so strangely to hide from the ghosts killed by Winchester guns that haunted her home. Whatever you choose to believe, we believe you’ll enjoy the tour of this truly unique house.
Let’s get spooked.
This isn’t a place you get to visit every day, and that is especially true right now. But special times call for special opportunities, and during this time, NASA has opened up its virtual doors to let us check out some of the facilities. Check out the lab where tools used in space construction are testing. Take a look at the vacuum spheres where researchers test aerodynamics. Explore NASA on Earth to learn more about what goes on up there in space.
Become an astronaut for the day.
Oh, the places you’ll go and see from the comfort of your couch. Who knew? Chances are good being stuck at home will have you exploring more places virtually than you would have done otherwise, so take this time to expand your adventures and travels, and learn about our beautiful world in the meantime. And while you’re at it, plan your next vacation.