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National Virtual Vacation Day was established in 2016 as a fun way to promote travel. In 2017, the registrar of National Day Calendar officially designated March 30 as National Virtual Vacation Day. Participants are encouraged to share their travel dreams and to enter to win prizes, such as VR goggles and travel accessories.
Imagine strolling along the Champs-Élysées in Paris or sailing along Alaska’s Inside Passage without packing, spending any money, or even leaving your home! Thanks to exciting new technology, virtual travel is now possible. Companies such as Octulus Rift (owned by Facebook), Samsung, and Alcatel have come up with some amazing virtual reality tools and gear. Some are as simple and affordable as a free app or cheap cardboard viewing goggles (used in conjunction with a smartphone or laptop). One of the coolest apps is Timelooper. Instead of putting you at England’s Tower of London in present day it allows you to time travel. For example, you can transport yourself to the Tower of London in 1255.
Other VR options require a teleporter or a headset that is compatible with your smartphone. But virtual travel can be achieved in other ways besides VR, such as webcams and virtual tours. This technology has been used for the last few years by zoos, resorts, cruise lines, museums, and tour operators.
St. Augustine said it best. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” What you have to love about a virtual vacation is that you don’t have to plan, pack, get a passport, or do anything but dream! The only limitation is one’s own imagination. Where would you go and what would you do if money, safety, and time were not factors? Think big! The sky’s not even the limit. Space vacations are possible!
VIRTUAL VACATION DAY is sponsored by Terrance Talks Travel. Terrance Zepke is an award-winning and best-selling author of fifty travel books, host of Terrance Talks Travel: Über Adventures, and a popular travel blogger. Terrance has lived all over the world and has traveled to every continent. She is an expert on adventure travel and cheap travel.
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