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
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.
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.