Ways to see the world without leaving the couch

Monica Humphries 

Apr 13, 2020, 11:15 AM

With flights canceled, vacations postponed, and cruises rescheduled, the coronavirus has taken a toll on travel. 

Communities around the world are on lockdown, and millions of people are practicing social distancing. But just because you can’t leave your home, doesn’t mean you can’t explore a new destination.

Hotels, museums, theaters, and popular landmarks are offering virtual experiences for online visitors. Whether it’s the great outdoors you’re craving, a thrilling roller coaster ride, or a relaxing tropic experience, here’s how to see the world without leaving your couch. 

You can explore Puerto Rico with Lin-Manuel Miranda as your tour guide.

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Discover Puerto Rico offers a video series where Lin-Manuel Miranda travels to some of Puerto Rico’s most iconic attractions. With Miranda, you’ll explore Old San Juan, learn to salsa dance, and visit his family’s hometown, Vega Alta. 

Livestream the northern lights from the warmth of your home.

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Explore.org is casting the colorful aurora borealis from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The colors are created when Earth’s magnetic field interacts with charged particles, and the result is a breathtaking light show. 

Imagine yourself on the sandy beaches of Phuket, Thailand.

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Amari Phuket, a luxury resort, offers a virtual tour with imagery of the pristine beaches of Patong Beach.

Hold in screams on a virtual roller coaster ride at a Disney theme park.

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Although the Disney parks have temporarily closed, you can still create your own Disney adventure. YouTube channels, like CoasterForce or iThemePark, are dedicated to providing you a Disney experience without ever purchasing a ticket. 

SOURCE: https://www.insider.com/

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