Every day and throughout the year, we often yearn for and wait for a chance to take leave from work, studies, or our daily routine and go for a nice and adventurous vacation.
Some of you may be afraid to ask your boss about taking leave for a trip, and some students do not have time to take a leave even if they wish because of their exams or assignments.
And then we keep making those vacation plans that won’t even take place and stay in our WhatsApp group chats forever. But what if it is said to you that without setting foot out of your house, you could travel? No, no, we are not talking about teleportation.
You might have gotten an idea after reading the title of this article. So, are you ready to plan and go on a virtual reality vacation?
So where would you like to go: Paris, New York, Las Vegas, or Alaska? You don’t have to worry about a limited travel choices. Exploring any location in this world is possible just by sitting at home. Where there is virtual reality, there is a way to travel.
You won’t need a passport and don’t have to go through that fussy procedure for a visa. And guess what? You won’t need to spend money on expensive hotels for accommodation. Head toward your virtual reality vacation just by wearing VR headsets.
This VR headset ranges from Rs 3000 to Rs 60,000. It’s up to you to decide the quality of it and at what level you want to experience the virtual reality vacation.
But now you might wonder why virtual reality vacations will be so hyped in 2023. So back then, during the COVID pandemic, many people wanted to travel just for the change of environment, and we were all aware of our situation just by staying at home 24 hours a day.
And everyone wanted a break, but we were all helpless because of travel restrictions. So, at that time, many VR companies came up with this concept of virtual traveling where you just have to wear the headset and explore different places just by sitting on your couch or lying on your bed.
1. How Easily Accessible Is This Virtual Vacation In 2023?
Till today, you would have seen various travel videos, and you might get confused about this concept thinking about it as those videos.
But these VR travel videos are little unique; you might think that “I will see the same place but just a little closer exposure will be received through a VR headset”. But no, that is not the case.
The exposure, the experience and your view, all of these will vary from those travel videos. Many of you haven’t had any chance to experience what is virtual reality and you might be thinking that it will be just computer-generated imagery.
Earlier computer-generated imagery was only considered as virtual reality, but now technology is rising and so we are upgrading technically every day.
Virtual reality is the notion based on 360 VR; it gives you more experiences based on real traveling than just computer-generated tourist places.
We often watch travel vlogs or travel documentaries of a particular destination before visiting because we want to know Is that place worth travelling or not and as per that we make our itinerary.
While watching those travel related videos you would have seen that all of them has been shot from only a particular angle. But when it comes to VR travel, it is quite different.
Omnidirectional cameras are used to shoot those 360 VR videos. This camera when placed in a fixed focal point in a particular place, will then capture each and every angle of that particular destination.
This gives you the chance to explore that particular destination from 360 degree. As these 360 VR clips are from a first person’s point of view, you will feel like a real vacation.
And if you wish to have an experience like a real – life, then you can just use a VR headset for it.
It is not necessary to spend money on expensive headsets, if you just want to explore few places, you can do it by any device available to you, including your mobile phone. It is all about experience and exploration no matter through which device.
For this virtual reality vacation, there’s no need to give a leave notice or take a leave at university, or even at the workplace. By evening, when you return from college, school or workplace you can just sit on sofa and visit to various places.
2. Some of the Best Resources to Make Your Virtual Reality Vacation Worth It.
You can have your virtual vacation by selecting any 360 VR video, even from YouTube, but if you want to have the best virtual trip, here are some resources, some of which are free and available on the Oculus Store.
Google Earth VR
Want to explore the Colosseum in Rome or the Space Needle in Seattle? Just name the place; this software will give you an interactive experience of any country or city. Choose any location you would like to explore.
Google Earth VR has options like “Walk around,” where you will have a first-person experience. You will have the impression and experience of roaming streets of Paris, New York, or any other place by your own.
The next option is “Fly,” where you will experience being in a hot air balloon or a helicopter and exploring the city from the sky. To experience it in a much better way, you will need a VR headset and other gear related to it.
Are you a person who likes to visit art galleries and museums? You would wish to visit each and every art gallery and museum in this world, and there might be many reels and posts related to them on Instagram that you save in your collection section.
If you are this enthusiastic about art, then Boulevard Arts is definitely for you. From Van Gogh to Claude Monet, you will get immersive VR, AR, and MR experiences from this resource. It will bring collections from art galleries and museums to you.
It is free of charge, and many schools and universities use it for educational purposes as well. You can go on a museum date with your soulmate.
Are you an Orophile just like me? If yes, then this is definitely for us. Get ready to go virtual trekking.
You will be able to climb Mount Everest just by sitting at home. It will give you a first-person experience. You can start at the base camp and then complete the summit. Everest VR also gives you the graphic experience of planting your country’s flag.
There are many people who desire to climb Mount Everest, but either they don’t have time, or they are physically incapable of doing it. So, this resource is simply perfect for them. It is now available on Steam rather than the Oculus Store.
Everyone wishes to explore the oceans and is eager to know what lies underwater. But not everyone knows how to swim.
Learning about different corals and the life inside the water is a wonderful experience and definitely a memorable one.
There are many people who are afraid of going into deep water, but they want to get rid of that fear and explore the water; this can help them fulfil their desire.
The resource is also free and has a premium version for which you have to pay some minimal charges.
Many more resources will provide you with real-life experiences for your virtual reality vacation. Some of these resources are available in games where you wear more than one gear to get the experience of being present in that place.
Because of advanced technology and creativity, we will be able to experience a thing called a “virtual reality vacation” in 2023. This virtual reality can be helpful to the whole world in various ways.
If I want to travel and explore any city in Greece but we are unsure whether we will enjoy the place or not, in this case, we can just use virtual reality to check out that place before making any travel plans in real life.
If I liked that place virtually, we can book the tickets for Greece in real life, or if I didn’t enjoy it, we could change the location. It acts as a trial trip for many people.
And this technique has been used by many countries when it comes to tourism marketing, where they offer this virtual reality vacation free of charge for trial purposes and if they like it, they can choose that place to travel to in real life.
It is similar to how many brands give away samples of their products to customers for trial, so that if they like it, they will send money and go to that brand to purchase the product.