The return of the armchair traveller
The world is smaller again, as small as your condo or the expanse of your backyard. Your travel plans are at the bottom of the bucket list for the foreseeable future.
It’s not all bad. There are no endless airport lineups, no cramped, hot and cold airless planes, no roaming charges, unsatisfying quickie tours or sweaty bus rides.
You can still enjoy many sights from the comfort of your own home. We’ll take it easy, starting with someone else’s home.
Britain’s National Trust internet site offers endless hours of virtual tours, podcasts, personal insights, and interesting sidebars with over 300 homes and collections and 200 gardens. From Winston Churchill’s Chartwell to the 12th Century Horton House in Wessex, Crime Queen Agatha Christie’s home, the first electrified home in Britain to Coole Castle in Ireland, each site offers a visual perspective, history and interesting tidbits that bring the homes to life.
For Downton Abbey fans, there’s the Highclere Castle site which is now part of the National Trust.
Head further north for a virtual tour of Scotland’s Blair Castle, home to 19 generations of the Atholl family.
Tired of castles and conspicuous consumption, The Guardian offers 10 best lists for travellers. You can cruise their Ten Best Virtual Tours of the World’s Natural Wonders. The site is free once you register and you can choose to make a donation or subscribe to their many services. You will see this same list copied on other sites most of which won’t open properly, we suggest sticking with the original.
These are just a few of the sites we will be posting for the armchair travellers in all of us. We will do our best to find original and trusted sources for your uninterrupted virtual travelling pleasure.