From the Colosseum to Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China, Google Arts and Culture has your next trip covered. Follow along as we explore the wonders of the world while remaining socially distant.
By Annabel Fuller
Despite recent world events causing mass travel bans, social distancing doesn’t have to end your travel plans. The team at CT has uncovered a hidden gem, Google Arts and Culture. The web-based platform has launched virtual tours of the world’s best museums, attractions and landmarks. Follow along here artsandculture.google.com as we explore some of the Wonders of the World while staying distant in our cosy office.
In our journey around the world in one day, we began at the Taj Mahal. Sceptical Google could provide the same experience as in-person our Momager in chief cooked up some Buttered Chicken and Nann to have our candle scented office smelling as ‘authentic’ as possible. Despite lacking the authenticity, Googles Arts and Culture service provides an incredible 360-degree view of the monument and even provides facts, history and insights into the famous mausoleum.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Full-of curry it was time to work off our lunch in one of the world’s most scenic destinations, the Inca Trail. Despite having never travelled to South America before the whole team felt a real connection with the Peruvian Mountains through their computer screens. The best part was we all made it to the top without a blister or out of breath. The most interesting thing I learnt while exploring the ancient fortress was that no mortar was used. Each stone was cut preciously to fit together so tightly that no mortar was needed to keep the walls standing.
Great Barrier Reef
With time for one more destination on our journey around the world, we decided to dive into the deeps of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Here the CT team saw schools of colourful fishes, bright corals and aquatic creatures we had never seen before. We learnt about ecological sustainability and even soaked up some vitamin D as we sat on our patio which vaguely resembles a café overlooking the Queensland coast if you use a lot of imagination.
So, there you have it, isolation may have changed your travel plans but it’s no excuse to cancel them. Googles Arts and Culture page has thousands of destinations to explore for free, so the only limitation is your imagination.