Top 5 Apps that will make you feel like you're actually there.

by Guy Frum

It doesn’t take a worldwide pandemic to get people feeling a little stir crazy and desirous of a quick jaunt around the globe - although it certainly doesn’t hurt, either!If you’re still waiting for a little more relaxing of the mask rule on airplanes and your favorite theme park, then you might want to consider exploring the world virtually for now. Whether you have the urge to reach the top of Mount Everest, Waikiki Beach, or Times Square, these five apps will help you do the next best thing to actually being there.

#1 Google Earth VR

We’ve all wasted an hour or two zooming from one location to another on Google Earth to get a look at our childhood home or the office we work in. The VR version ups the ante considerably by making every area of the entire world that has been mapped by Google appear in its VR app, complete with the popular Street View images. Where do you want to go today?

#2 Everest VR

Sure, climbing to the top of the world’s tallest mountain sounds like a lot of fun, but considering it’s in Nepal, it’s 29,000 feet above sea level, and the average high temperature up there is between 4 degrees and negative 30 degrees depending on the time of year. Not to mention oxygen is 1/3rd the concentration it is at sea level. Fortunately, this virtual version gives you a realistic feeling of what it’s like to be up there, without even having to put on a sweater.

#3 theBlu

With its odd, cool spelling and pronunciation ombo, theBlue sounds more like a seafood restaurant or a waterfront dane club, but it is actually a stunning look below the surface of the ocean, still the least explored and most mysterious part of the entire planet. Going through each of the habitats lets you see majestic animals from massive blue whales to tiny plankton, and everything in between. Scientists estimate that man knows about less than 5% of all of the animals and plants that live below the surface of the water, are you ready to make some new acquaintances?

#4 National Geographic VR

Nobody does nature better than National Geographic, and it is an impressive tribute to this legendary organization that it does not rest on its laurels, but instead has integrated its incredible wealth of archival footage, mapping, and other resources to show off some of those beautiful aspects of the natural world, including endangered species living in their native habitats and the wild expanse of the Amazon rainforest, with glimpses of local tribes whose cultures dates back centuries and who have virtually no contact with the outside world.

#5 Qantas VR

It’s not all just goofy commercials for Qantas Airlines, but this app focuses on everybody’s favorite Land Down Under. It offers the best view on the planet of the mighty Uluru, the massive sandstone rock that is nearly 3,000 feet tall and is one of the most recognizable symbols of natural beauty on the continent. Climbing Uluru was banned in 2019, so nothing is getting you closer to the top these days than Qantas.