Use these Google tools to explore the world without having to leave home

Mar 20 2020, 3:32 pm

While a majority of regions of the world remain under quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many travellers may be feeling antsy with having to stay stagnant for so long.

We see you. We feel you. We are you!

Luckily, the great powers that be at Google also understand, and they have a plethora of helpful tools to help you scratch that travel itch without compromising your social distancing.

If you would like to indulge in high-class culture at some of the world’s most iconic artistic locales, venture over to Google Arts & Culture.

Visitors can digitally explore an abundance of cultural venues, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the breathtaking Gardens of Versailles in France, and even the Taj Mahal in India, all without having to get up from the couch.

Taj Mahal (Google Arts & Culture)

If you’re looking for an all-access global pass to some of the world’s most fascinating and historically rich destinations, look no further than Street View.

Not just for navigation anymore, this project allows users to tour various international marvels and landmarks from the comfort of their own home.

Uncover the hidden mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Giza, bask in the magnificent glory of the Roman Colosseum, or admire the scenic mountain landscapes of Machu Picchu, the possibilities are endless!

Great Pyramid of Giza (Google Arts & Culture, Street View)

Finally, for those seeking to take a virtual walk on the most adventurous side, there’s Google Maps Treks.

This feature allows you to virtually explore more rugged destinations while gaining insight regarding the various landscapes, wildlife, and history of the diverse locations.

Educate yourself on the intricate relationships of the elephants at the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya, who have been researched by Save the Elephants for over 20 years, discover the rich cultural legacy of the Rose Red City of Petra, or explore the sacred valleys below Mt. Everest in the Khumbu of Nepal.

The Khumbu of Nepal (Google Maps Treks)

There are countless adventures to be had, and they are all at your fingertips.

It certainly is a challenge having to remain behind closed doors, but it is for the betterment and safety of our communities, and it won’t last forever.

Not being able to travel is an unfortunate necessity to cease the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

While we remain in isolation, there are still opportunities for adventure.