10 of the very best digital journey encounters: readers’ ideas

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Winning tip: A bird’s eye check out of Norway

a small boat in a body of water: Fascinated by the Norwegian landscape … our winning tipster has taken to poring over footage of fjords, islands and winding roads from above. Pictured is Storseisundet Bridge.

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Fascinated by the Norwegian landscape … our profitable tipster has taken to poring in excess of footage of fjords, islands and winding streets from higher than. Pictured is Storseisundet Bridge.

A single of my joys of travelling is listening to audio on a prepare though seeing a new nation spool by outside the window. In the course of lockdown I found how to replicate this knowledge though confined to the home: by looking at drone footage of faraway locations on YouTube. My favorite was Traveling More than Norway, an hour-extensive attribute flying earlier mentioned fjords, bays and fishing villages. The footage offers a bird’s-eye watch of deep valleys in shadow, winding roadways and bridges connecting rocky islands. I was shut sufficient to see folks going for walks along the seashore nonetheless could also see how the landscapes suit together.


Virtual Christmas in Brooklyn

a group of people performing on stage in front of a building: Holiday lights and decorations in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights neighborhood this year. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

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Getaway lights and decorations in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights community this yr. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

I went on a tour of Dyker Heights with virtualtrips.io out of sheer boredom. The desired destination is an area of Brooklyn notorious for its certainly ridiculous Christmas lights. I consider Brits intrinsically delight in concurrently marvelling at and disapproving of American extravagance. Aaron and Patrick, our guides, ended up warm and humorous and remarkably I actually felt a minor perception of local community when I contemplated my fellow virtual travellers: each and every of us sat in our possess bubbles all around the globe with a cup of tea or something more powerful. It is the only time I felt connected with anybody outside the house my residence around the holiday break interval.

virtualtrips/io, tipping guides encouragedCaitlin Evans

Eyeballing the king of the jungle

a lion sitting in a field of tall grass: A giant African lion male in the Serengeti National Park,

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A giant African lion male in the Serengeti National Park,

Explore.org rather much experienced me addicted to its Africams section for about 4 months and I acquired to determine the various appears and ideal situations to watch. It helped that I strike the jackpot the incredibly first time I clicked: there in nightvision was a majestic lion with humongous mane staring at me (and just me, of program!) Shout out to reside safaris on Wildearth.television far too. These are additional controlled as you have a guidebook, but you get these unrivalled intimacy with the animals. And you can’t beat an African sunset.

Antony T

Dance audio and jazz, livestreamed

a person standing in front of a stage: Tia Fuller’s Diamond Cut at the Monterey Jazz Festival Photograph: Getty Images

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Tia Fuller’s Diamond Slash at the Monterey Jazz Competition Photograph: Getty Visuals

I cannot explain how immensely grateful I am for the development of livestream. From performing although jamming to California’s dwell Monterey Jazz Competition in the qualifications to seeing new premieres of Boiler Room’s worldwide Streaming From Isolation sequence with pals on Zoom (getting us as significantly as the dance scenes of Mexico and India), it is testomony to how music can transportation us any where in the globe, no make any difference how significantly we are from a person yet another.

Gallery: Tourist points of interest that no lengthier exist (Like Discovering)

a group of people on a stone building: The world is jam-packed with more adventures and opportunities for explorers than ever before. But, as the following pictures prove, there are some experiences that money can’t buy ever again – namely a glimpse of the travel hot spots from yesteryear that have now disappeared off the map. Whether because of nature, mankind’s unthinking actions or climate change, we'll sadly never get to visit these former bucket-list attractions.

Rohan Chakraborty

Birds and bands by means of webcam

a small bird sitting on top of each other: Northern Cardinal male on a feeder

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Northern Cardinal male on a feeder

I’ve fallen in like with webcams! I have viewed enthralled as bluejays, crimson cardinals (pictured), sparrows and starlings feast at a feeder in Akron, Ohio. I also then acquired that dwelling sparrows and European starling populations have thrived in the US (they are imagined to have had a destructive impact on indigenous chook species), obtaining been unveiled in the 19th century. I have watched snow fall in obscure Russian metropolitan areas and bands perform in bars in Florida. On New Year’s Eve I watched the celebrations in Situations Sq. … I can not go anyplace but I look at the world and it’s fantastic!

Tia McGregor

North Atlantic in my dwelling room

a close up of a rock: Northern lights in Lofoten, Norway Photograph: Yigit Yuksel/Alamy

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Northern lights in Lofoten, Norway Photograph: Yigit Yuksel/Alamy

Exhausted following Covid and not able to focus plenty of to study, I came across skyline webcams – live webcams from about the globe. I settled on the Lofoten islands, Norway, and specially the fishing village of Henningsvær, the place I marvelled at the alterations in the weather conditions, the light, the shortness of days, the fishing boats, the lifeboat, the ferry arriving and individuals embarking and disembarking going about their times, the glowing winter lights in the properties on the jetty. I’m hoping to see the aurora borealis from listed here. I’m now mainly recovered and working from household but have this on in the track record and look at in in the course of the day.


Zooming all around Hong Kong

a person sitting at a table in a restaurant: A woman burns incenses as she prays at Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong

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A female burns incenses as she prays at Person Mo Temple in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Greeters’ stay Zoom tour ($88) protected HK’s past and current, our guide main us by means of Sheung Wan’s traditional dried seafood streets to the incense-weighty Male Mo Temple (pictured), exactly where worshippers send out up a brief prayer for fortune en route to the workplace. We relived our previous commute on the world’s longest outdoor escalator right before heading to Tai Kwun, a colonial-era law enforcement station-turned-arts hub, exactly where we heard intriguing tales of its previous lifestyle as a jail. Acquiring relocated mid-pandemic from Hong Kong to Manchester, I’ve desperately skipped my household of 12 several years. This virtual tour was best for assuaging my homesickness.

Kate Farr

Birding in Colombia with no the mosquitoes

With a lot more species than other state, and tunes based mostly on birdsong, Colombia was a superior spot for virtual birding. The Birders’ melodic journey through northern Colombia (on YouTube) is an immersive tour led by biologist Diego Calderón-Franco and filmed by Keith Ladzinski from National Geographic. I experienced the desert warmth, the cloud forest chill and the jungle humidity. Fortunately, I did not experience the mosquito bites or get lined in monkey poo. Columbian society and tunes enhanced my appreciation of spectacular landscapes and interesting birds. Some birds ended up discovered several additional look in shot. Obtain the presented species list and see how lots of you can spot. Debbie Rolls

Virtual Vincent, Amsterdam

a painting on the wall: Self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Photograph: Sara Magniette/Getty Images

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Self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Photograph: Sara Magniette/Getty Images

My virtual take a look at to the Vincent Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam was outstanding: it permitted me to get significantly nearer and linger extended at the paintings of the maestro than any serious tour would have accomplished, which was a serious increase for my uni diploma in artwork, supplied all the constraints. The depth is wonderful and the zoom-in button lets you get seriously near up to far more than 200 drawings, including some famed kinds. The opening self portraits actually draw you in and the colors and strains of landscapes, character and bouquets are amazing in the virtual tour. You can also see handwritten letters, telling you of his existence, enjoy, torment and inspiration.

Peter Riley

The Camino on YouTube

The Lindsey Hikes & Travels vlog on the French Camino de Santiago is a 52-video marathon complete of normal and architectural highlights together the camino, by an moi-free solo American woman who offers her personal choose on this huge enterprise. It is a vicarious take care of that will not only present you the greatest sights, but will also provide you to tears as you get concerned with Lindsey’s non secular and emotional journey. It is astounding to share someone’s lifestyle-modifying encounter with them.

James Fairham