With the coronavirus outbreak taking over the world, it is essential to practice social distancing to curb the spread of the virus. With 415 positive cases and 8 deaths, India has enforced lockdown in 75 districts of the country in an effort to contain the situation. But while staying indoors can keep you safe, complete isolation can also negatively affect your mental health.
In such situations, it is important to keep your mind engaged and occupied. Looking for ways to amuse yourself while working from home? We've compiled a list of virtual tours you can take while sitting in the comfort of your house.
As a museum buff, my dream is to visit many museums I can in my lifetime. If you feel the same, I've got some fantastic news for you. Google Arts and Culture has partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. It includes some of the world's most famous museums including the New York Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. Plus, you don't need to spend any money on flights, win-win!
Check here for virtual museum tours.
If wildlife and nature help calm you down, and zoos are your happy place, then we think it's time you made a visit--virtually, of course. While Indian zoos don't have a virtual tour option, plenty of zoos and aquariums in North America are offering free tours. This includes The Cincinnati Zoo, The Shedd Aquarium, San Diego Zoo and Monterey Bay Aquarium. So go spend some time looking at some cute animals and cool jellyfish--you'll feel better in no time!
With most countries under lockdown, international travel doesn't seem like a possibility for at least the next few months. And while this may be a big disappointment for wanderlust chasers, you can take this opportunity to virtually visit places you love--like the Great Wall Of China. This way, if you really enjoy the tour, you'll be even more motivated to visit it someday, when the virus is contained. For now, save your precious money and enjoy this wonder of the world from the comfort of your home.
Check out the virtual tour here.
Some of the best ways to deal with any kind of anxiety are exercises as well as spending time surrounded by nature. Hiking is an activity that combines the two--you can burn some calories while exploring the gorgeous outdoors. American National Parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone are considered some of the most beautiful national parks in the world, and now you have the chance to gawk at their phenomenal beauty. While you may not be able to physically exercise, taking these virtual tours is sure to exercise some brain cells, which isn't too bad a trade.
While intergalactic tourism might still be a few decades away, travel to Mars may be an option sooner than you think. Last month, SpaceX decided to sell rides into the deep orbit. Scientists have already found some proof that the planet might have inhabitable climate and resources. But for now, all you can do is explore Mars on your laptop--and it's not a bad start! NASA has partnered with Google to offer a tour of a 3D replica of the Martian surface recorded by the Curiosity rover. Isn't that a great way to spend your time indoors?
Check out the virtual tour here.
With all these fun virtual tours waiting to be explored, self-quarantine can actually turn into a fun period of learning and exploring. So if you find yourself feeling low and bored, check out one of these tours. Trust us, once you start, you'll want to visit them all!
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