With virtual tourism gaining traction due to the ongoing pandemic, the internet is full of ideas on making them better. Palo Alto’s Daniel M. Russell, a senior research scientist at Google who is also a travel buff, has insights on this matter. His tips will dramatically improve your virtual vacations. Here are four of his suggestions:-
White House tour
We all have used Google Maps to view our homes. However, you can even see the insides of famous buildings, including the White House. All you need to do is search for White House in Google Maps, zoom in so you can see the lawn. Then click on the yellow pegman in the bottom right corner and drop him onto any blue lines. Voila, you’re in.
Visit Half Dome
Most people think that Google Street View is only for city streets, but that is not true. You can even view natural locations like mountains and waterfalls, like the Half Dome. Search for Half Dome in Google Maps, zoom in, drag the pegman to the blue lines, and that’s it.
Visit the Great Barrier Reef
While using Google Maps, you will come across blue dots, which are called Photo Spheres. These are scrollable, 360-degrees images captured from a special camera or app. After searching for the Great Barrier Reef, click on the pegman, then choose a blue dot, and you can have a 360-degree view of corals and fish.
Virtual Museum tour
With cardboard and Google’s virtual reality headset, you can have a 360-degrees view of several museums around the world, including Mexico City’s Castillo de Chapultepec.