Looking for inspiration? Try a virtual tour

Added 28/01/2021

Whilst you can’t travel in the real world right now, you can enjoy a virtual holiday.

Now is a great time to explore the world’s most amazing sites, monuments and museums from the safety and comfort of your own home.

If there is a museum you have always wanted to see, or a famous monument you’ve dreamed of visiting, the chances are you can find a virtual tour online.

Why not spend some of this time stuck inside searching for inspiration and planning your dream holiday for later in the year.

Whether you are looking for holiday inspiration, or just wanting some escapism, here are some of our favourite virtual tours:

Petra

Discover this famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert.

Explore Petra

Galapagos Islands

See the fascinating wildlife of these remote islands

Explore the Galapagos

The Musee D’Orsay

Experience the art in this famous French art gallery, housed in an old railway station.

Explore the Musee D'Orsay

Burj Khalifa

Get up close and personal with the world’s tallest building.

Explore the Burj Khalifa

Melbourne Cricket Ground

If you are cricket fan, this is a great opportunity to explore this famous venue.

Explore Melbourne Cricket Ground

Looking for more places to explore? 

Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture is a fantastic place to start.  It uses street view to enable you to see some of the world’s most famous sites inside and out, there’s the Palace of Versailles, The British Museum, the Taj Mahal, and the Great Pyramid of Giza, as well as street art from around the globe, a host of museums and much more.

https://artsandculture.google.com/project/street-view

Geographical Wonders

Google Maps Treks is another amazing resource, offering virtual treks around the Mount Fuji in Japan, Samburu Nature Reserve in Kenya, Everest Base Camp, The Amazon Basin and The Grand Canyon

https://www.google.com/maps/about/treks/#/grid

Visit the tourist information site

Another great place to get inspiration, if you are planning a holiday, is the official tourist information site for the country or region you want to visit.  

They are packed full of fantastic images, videos, and more detailed information about each area.  You might even find some special offers!

Here are some of our favourites:

Spain

USA

Greece

Travel guides

Alternatively, if you are looking for a more unbiased view of a holiday destination, an independent travel guide such as Lonely Planet or Rough Guide could be the place to start.  

They both produce travel guides for destinations right across the globe, from the UK and Europe to North America, Asia, Australia and everywhere in between.  Wherever you are thinking of travelling they are sure to have lots of useful information to help you plan a trip.

If all else fails, why not search for your favourite beach or holiday destination on Youtube, there’s bound to be some video footage to cheer you up.