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Virtual Vacation Day was established as a fun way to promote travel. Held annually on March 30, 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 reality travel is now possible. Companies such as Octulus Rift (bought by Facebook), Samsung, and Alcatel have come up with some amazing stuff. 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, as well. For example, you can transport yourself to the Tower of London in 1255.
Other VR options require a teleporter or expensive state-of-the-art goggles. 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. The only limitation is one’s own imagination. Where would you go and what would you do if money, safety, health, and time were not a factor? Think big! The sky’s not even the limit.
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