March 30 - Virtual Vacation Day

Posted on March 30, 2020

I have already written about Virtual Vacation Day...

But this year, while the planet is largely shut down because of COVID-19, I think this holiday is way more important than ever.

You might already know about "staycations" - which used to mean staying home on one's vacation, and taking day trips to enjoy local museums, amusement parks, and other attractions. If you're living in a lockdown region of the world, you CAN'T go on day outings. So...the new sort of staycation could be staying at home and:
  • doing all sorts of relaxing and fun at-home activities, from jigsaw puzzles to painting watercolors, from streaming Netflix to reading novels.
  • getting chores done that you don't usually have time for, like cleaning out the closets, one at a time. Fun! (a bit of sarcasm here...)
  • starting a garden or doing a DIY project in the yard. No sarcasm here - this really can be fun and rewarding.

 But a staycation COULD involve virtual vacationing. If you don't have and can't afford the latest in VR technology, try watching travel channel shows, going on Microsoft Educator Community field trips, using Google Expeditions and Google Tour Builder, or researching the Internet for special places you'd love to go some day - and really digging into their history, geography, geology, biology, etc.!

Here are a few places to check out:

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Rainbow Mountains in China

Roman Forum in Italy

Yellowstone National Park in the U.S.

Pamukkale Hot Springs Terraces in Turkey

Kirkjufell in Iceland

Rainbow eucalyptus forest in Maui, Hawaii, U.S.

Pink lakes in Australia

Hanging Lake in Faroe Island

Banff National Park in Canada

1 comment:

  1. Lots of incredible spots here. I have been to Maui many times, driven all over the island, also multiple times, and I have never even heard of this eucalyptus forest!