Travel Tuesday: 4 virtual vacation escapes you can enjoy from the couch

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As the world adjusts to a new normal, virtual vacation escapes can offer a little break from the chaos — and it all starts from the couch.

Instead of getting on a plane, virtual vacation escapes could satisfy that wanderlust many of us feel. Although it is not the same as jetting off to some exotic locale, it can bring a touch of diversion to these otherwise chaotic times.

Right now, many people are feeling the disappointment from canceled trips, theme parks being shuttered, and basically the world walking into a different normal. Although a moment of disappointment can be warranted, finding a positive in this land of unknown can be beneficial.

Luckily, the technological world can help people journey to places from the comfort of the couch. While it might not be exactly the same as experiencing these vistas in person, it can be a break from the new cycle.

When you’ve had your share of binge-watching, why not take on of these four virtual vacation escapes?

Visit a Museum

While many people might skip the museum when there are other “fun” options on the table, these virtual museum tours are great ways to see and learn. From the Guggenheim Museum in New York City to J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., there are numerous museums that offer a virtual tour. These tours could be an opportunity to discover the beauty of art.

Check Out Cute Animals at a Zoo

Cute animals can evoke a smile on even the darkest day. Several of the nation’s best zoos offer a glimpse into their world, even if the doors are closed. From Fiona the Hippo at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to the Monterey Bay Aquarium various live-streaming feeds, the simple beauty of the world’s greatest animals can offer a sense of wonder and excitement.

Point-of-View Ride Experience

The closing of Disney Parks, Universal, and other theme parks has left many people feeling a little less magic in their lives. Luckily, many visitors and publications have created point-of-view YouTube videos. From the classic It’s a Small World to the most insane roller coaster, these videos can help fill that theme park withdrawal until the rope drops again.

Beach Live Cams

If you had planned a perfect relaxing week on a sandy beach, you can still see some sandy beaches from your couch. Several websites offer live beach cams to help transport you to that surf and sand. Why not put on that live stream, crank up some fun music, and sip on a frozen cocktail? Big bonus for not having to have sand everywhere afterward.

Watch a Broadway Show

While the Great White Way has shut down, Filmed on Stage has a variety of Broadway shows available to live stream. While you watch these shows from your couch, no one can complain that you are singing off key.

As people adjust to the new normal, virtual vacation escapes can be a way to find a little break from the overwhelming nature of the day to day. Even though it might not put you in the center of the action, it allows a little mental respite from the grind. Since everyone is in this situation together, why not take a moment or two and find a way to take a deep breath and focus on a little glimmer brightness?

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What diversions bring a little glimmer brightness to your day? Do you know of any virtual vacation escapes that make you smile?