VIR­TUAL HOL­I­DAYS UN­MASKED

THEY’VE PRO­VIDED THE UL­TI­MATE ATE ES­CAPISM IN LOCK­DOWN BUT THE TECH BE­HIND THEM IS EVEN MORE ORE AWE­SOME, SAYS LUCY HEDGES S

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THERE’S been no short­age of ways in which tech has come to the res­cue dur­ing the coro­n­avirus cri­sis. It has kept us con­nected, de­liv­ered our shop­ping and lifted our spir­its. And while tech­nol­ogy can’t repli­cate en­joy­ing a frozen daiquiri pool­side in the Caribbean or sip­ping on a glass of Sancerre while gorg­ing on a cheese board in the French coun­try­side, it can do a whole lot more be­side.

De­spite many Euro­pean coun­tries re­open­ing their bor­ders to tourists, travel is un­der­stand­ably still off lim­its for many. Vir­tual es­capism, how­ever, is open to ev­ery­one – and tech plays a star­ring role. From VR

apps that show off and sim­u­late some of the most beau­ti­ful and sought-af­ter des­ti­na­tions in the world to walk­ing tours that take you on a vir­tual stroll around var­i­ous des­ti­na­tions in glo­ri­ous 4K, it has made even the most far-flung places ac­ces­si­ble.

CLIMB­ING MOUN­TAINS

Vi­sion­ary: The Ocu­lus Quest VR worn by Lucy and the Ocu­lus Go; far left, Machu Pic­chu, one of Nat Geo’s dig­i­tal des­ti­na­tions; above, step into Spain with Me­mo­ria: Sto­ries Of La Garma

. Ad­ven­ture: Fol­low ex­plor­ers. . around Ice­land in Into Wa­ter.

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