We exist in a new era of technology that’s affording everyone luxuries that, years ago, few would have imagined. One of the most exciting of these is the very concept you see driving much of this site: VR tourism. Using the power of VR, people are now able to travel around the planet - at least in some sense - without ever having to leave home.
At this stage, these kinds of experiences are still only just emerging. However, as we look ahead to more refined, specific VR travel opportunities just around the corner, these are some of the places that might be ideal to visit with the technology.
The Grand Canyon
One of the best parts about VR tourism is the ability to visit places that might normally be too dangerous or uncomfortable for the average Joe and Jane. Take the Grand Canyon for instance. It’s widely considered to be one of the most impressive natural wonders in the world. But between extreme heat and deadly sheer cliffs, it can be a daunting destination for some. With VR tourism, those who may find the Grand Canyon unsettling in person will be able to see the it all without having to go anywhere near a cliff, and while staying in the comfort of an air-conditioned home. It’s a perfect solution!
The Burj Khalifa
You know that annoying, hopeless feeling you get when you wait in line for a theme park or to get into a sporting event only to be told that you have to turn around and head home due to weather conditions? Well, imagine that instead of a day trip to a casual attraction, a vacation to Dubai is ruined for the same reason! Unfortunately, this happens to some real-world travelers who visit Dubai in part to see the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The building is so tall that it's considered unsafe in certain weather conditions, meaning it's not always accessible to tourists. However, with VR, this simply won't be a problem. Anyone with interest will be able to instantly visit the top floor of this modern marvel, regardless of conditions. In fact, it may even be possible for VR to simulate the swaying of the structure - something no in-person visitor will ever experience.
Imagine being able to play all of the slot machines in Vegas without ever having to leave your home. It will take a lot of collaboration to make this happen, but the different pieces are already in place. Attraction-based VR tourism is already starting to emerge, and some of the relevant games are being tested out as well. Right now, the closest you can come to Vegas game simulations is Canada's online gaming scene, where some of the free slot video games on offer have actually been adapted to VR. In a more general sense, there have been early attempts at a sound VR poker experience as well. So just imagine if some developers (with the required licensing) put it all together. You might be able to virtually explore a full Vegas casino, and play the games therein as you go, all without the crowds and hassle.
The Original Notre Dame
One of the biggest tragedies of 2019 so far was when the historic Notre Dame Cathedral burned down in April. With much of the structure having been destroyed, it’s now a part of history that the physical world will never be able to get back in its authentic form (though there's' talk of rebuilding it just as it was). Note though, that we said physical world. That’s because, due to the immense catalog of pictures that exist showing every last detail of the cathedral, recreating it in VR would be a snap. Imagine it - a partially lost wonder of the world, fully restored to its original form and available for tourism in VR. It’s an incredibly exciting prospect, and a great way to make sure the original’s legacy lives on in some form.
And there you have it! We've covered existing travel experiences in VR and AR before, and the really exciting thing is that there seem to be more of them with each passing month. As this form of digital tourism improves and expands though, destinations like these - that may be challenging to enjoy in person for one way or another - could become particularly exciting.