With most of us now on lockdown and many home exchange travel plans postponed, we're all having to adapt and find ways to keep our spirits up. Our home exchanges may be on hold for now, but there are still ways to scratch that travel itch without leaving our homes. Shown below are some of our favourite virtual tours and wildlife cams - they're great for all ages and can be an excellent educational way to entertain the kids while schools are closed.
Go on a virtual museum and gallery tour
Get a little culture fix without leaving your home by taking a virtual tour of some of the world's top museums and art galleries. Google Arts & Culture have teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to provide virtual tours and online exhibits.
Included are exhibitions from The British Museum, Van Goh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Museum of London, Hermitage Museum, The National Gallery, Guggenheim, Tate Britain, The White House, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Global Street Art Foundation, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Musée d’Orsay, and many many more!
US National Park virtual tours
We're stuck indoors but you can still experience some of America's best national parks by taking a virtual tour. There are five US national parks to explore through Google Arts & Culture so that you can still enjoy the great outdoors from the safely of your sofa.
Virtual tours of some of the world's most famous landmarks
Love to travel but stuck indoors? Enjoy some escapism by checking out these virtual tours of some of the world's most famous landmarks. Click the links below to start the tour.
- Stonehenge, UK
- Taj Mahal, India
- Angkor Wat, Cambodia
- Colosseum, Rome
- Eiffel Tower, Paris
- Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
- Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
- The ancient city of Petra, Jordan
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Chichen Itza, Mexico
Live zoo, wildlife and safari webcams
Enjoy live streams from around the world from the comfort of your home. Everything from penguins to pandas, African safaris and English countryside cams.
- Animal cams around the world (African safari, bears, birds, sea life + more!)
- Edinburgh Zoo's 'panda and penguin cams'
- Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire, Wales
- 'Badger cam' from Wildlife Trust, Cumbria, England
- 'Elephant cam' from Dublin Zoo, Ireland
- San Diego Zoo's 'polar bear cam'
Virtual tours of theatres, concert halls and opera houses around the world
Google Arts & Culture have teamed up with iconic venues around the world. Step inside some of the most beautiful theatres, concert halls and opera houses. Includes The Balshoi Theatre (Moscow), Carnegie Hall (New York City), National Theatre of Korea (Seoul), Theatro Municipal (São Paulo), Burgtheatre (Vienna), Sydney Opera House (Sydney) and many more.
Space Center Houston interactive app
Space Center Houston have an excellent free app that provides interactive tours, selfie filters, augmented reality experiences, virtual reality and more!
Stay in touch: pencil in your future home swaps
In these unprecedented times, communication is more important than ever. Make sure to stay in touch with other Home Base Holidays members to check how they're doing. We've seen many members penciling in home swap plans for later in the year and in to 2021 - we may not be able to travel now but it can be uplifting to plan our future getaways! Stay safe. Stay home. Stay in touch ♥