How To Scratch the Travel Itch Without Physically Traveling | PART 1

We’ve already covered the topic on How to Overcome Homesickness, but what if you’re currently dealing with the complete opposite? What if it’s not the longing for your home but the longing to leave your hometown and go on traveling? In German, we’d say “Fernweh,” which literally translates to “farsickness” (the longing for far-off-places.)

Many of us may have probably already experienced Fernweh, but sometimes it’s not that easily feasible to get rid of it. Sometimes you’re just not able to go on traveling – may it be due to financial reasons, an illness that binds you to your bed, or just the everyday commitments that won’t allow you to leave so easily. 

So, the question remains: how can you travel from home without physically traveling?

Well, we’ve found some ways, so continue reading if you’re curious about how actually to satisfy your travel bug!

Find out the source for your longing to leave

We know that may sound a little philosophical, but it can help you immensely locating the right spot to scratch the travel itch. Or, in other words: if you know why and where exactly you want to leave, you’ll find a proper way to handle the whole staying-at-home-dealing-with-Fernweh situation. What do you like most about the trip? Is it the feeling of freedom from your daily routine, pressures, and stress? Or do you simply love the adventure of seeing new places, meeting new people, and immersing yourself in another culture? Or all of it combined? There might be a solution to all of it, so, let’s get to the point, shall we? 

Go on Virtual Tours

If not now, then we don’t know which time is best to appreciate the internet! Interactive Virtual Tours enable you to get your fill of the great outdoors, cultural places and tourist attractions – even if you have to stay inside. And to take away your trouble to look them up all by yourself, we made the effort ourselves and created a list of Virtual Tours you definitely shouldn’t miss! And, we promise you won’t need a pair of V.R. glasses! 😉
(Just click on the title and you’ll automatically be re-directed to the individual virtual tour)

Famous Landmarks and Tourist Attractions:

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is an Inka citadel built in the 15th century (and later abandoned) located high up the Peruvian Andes above the valley of the Rio Urubamba. It is famous for its polished dry-stone walls, the fascinating temples, and the panoramic view. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

Hang Sơn Đoòng, Vietnam

Hang Sơn Đoòng is the world’s largest cave and located in central Vietnam. The cave of Sơn Đoòng alone is 38.5 million cubic meters in size. The cave is 8.9 kilometers long, and the lowest point is 490 meters underground. The highest cavity with a roof is 200 meters high. During an expedition through this cave world, three British divers recently discovered a new underwater tunnel that connects Sơn Đoòng to another giant cave, Hang Thung, which adds another 1.6 million cubic meters of volume.

Credits: Brian H.

Mount Everest, Nepal

Mount Everest is with a height of 8848 m (29,029 ft) Earth’s highest mountain above sea level and located in the Himalayas. He is one of the 14 Eight-thousanders and the Seven Summits. He’s named after the British surveyor George Everest. Even under “normal circumstances,” approaching the summit presents dangers such as altitude sickness, weather, and wind, as well as significant hazards from avalanches and the Khumbu Icefall. (With that said, exploring Mount Everest via a Virtual Tour is definitely safer 😉 )

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Love beyond death – A message that fascinates the whole world in architectural beauty: The Taj Mahal is the symbol of India. The snow-white building with its round domes, imposing decorations, and extensive gardens attract millions of tourists from all over the world every year. Its beauty and uniqueness made it one of the New Seven Wonders of the World today. 

If you want to take a tour of the other New Seven Wonders of the World, here’s the full list! (Incl. Rome’s Colosseum, Petra in Jordan, the “Christ the Redeemer” Statue in Rio de Janeiro, and more)

Stonehenge, U.K.

Stonehenge is arguably the most famous stone circle in the world and is located near the town of Amesbury, and about 13 kilometers north of the city of Salisbury in England. The Neolithic formation attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Stonehenge has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is an enormous temple complex located in northern Cambodia. It was initially dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu but became a Buddhist temple by the end of the 12th century. It is said to be one of the most beautiful monuments in the world, due to its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief’s, and sculpture.

Patagonian Wilderness, Argentina & Chile 

The region of Patagonia covers a total extension of approximately 800,000 square kilometers (310,000 sq mi) at the southern end of South America. It is a well-known paradise for active travelers and nature lovers but still one of the least populated areas of the world. Patagonia features several geographical characteristics, including dry steppes, grasslands, and deserts, as well as glacier fjords and rain forests.

Victoria Falls (“The Devil’s Pool”), Zimbabwe & Zambia

The famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia are a popular tourist destination. Thousands of cubic meters of water regularly fall down a total of 110 meters per second. That’s both quite an impressive and breathtaking sight! 

Antarctica

As the Earth’s southernmost continent, about 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice. It is, on average, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. And one thing is sure: no other place on Earth compares to this vast white wilderness of elemental forces.

Credits: Henrique Setim

Buck Island Reef National Monument, Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Feel like making an underwater trip? This Virtual Tour through the Buck Island Reef in the Caribbean Ocean gives you a breathtaking view of one of only three underwater trails in the United States. The Monument area attracts around 50,000 visitors a year.

Credits: Marek Okon

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA 

Always wanted to explore and enjoy the beauty of the oldest national park worldwide? Here’s your chance to see attractions like Fort Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Mammoth Hot Springs, and many more!

Credits: Alec Krum

If you’re interested in traveling through more national parks of the U.S. virtually, here’s an extended list:

Want to see and explore more landmarks around the world? “Airpano” and Google Earth offer a huuuuge amount of more virtual tours. 

In Part 2, we’ll show you how to scratch the more “historico-cultural” and “sophisticated” itch of travel experiences. So make sure to follow us on Social Media and check for updates on our blog!