Tour the world from your lounge
Being inside doesn’t stop you from taking a tour of the world from your armchair. There are a host of amazing live cameras installed in interesting spots around the world which make for some entertaining viewing.
For an extraordinary view of some exotic animals from the comfort of your own home, check out the Sandiego Zoo Live Cameras. Simply follow the link below and scroll down to view the animals of your choice:
Take an underwater adventure
Monterey Bay Aquarium in California has a range of live feeds from its underwater habitats that are hypnotic and soothing to tune into. With ten to choose from including an open sea cam, coral reef cam and live footage of jellyfish, there’s something for every ocean lover to enjoy.
Check out Explore’s live camera options which provide live streams from a number of game reserves, allowing you to drop in on Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa or watch the Giraffes in Tau Waterhole.
See the sights
Earthcam brings together footage of cameras posted at different sites around the globe so you can see what’s happening in real time. Check out Times Square in New York at present for a view rarely seen of the usually-bustling square completely deserted, or check out the beaches in Thailand or Jamaica. You can even see a live feed from our very own Queenstown.
Google organised to take photos of just about every street in every town and put them together in a huge database which allows you to take a tour of the globe using real photos. Google Maps allows you to take a virtual walk around any city you’re visiting and view some of the best-known sights around the world from your armchair. Pop in your address to see a bird’s eye and street view of where you live in Google maps too.
If you would like to explore the Amazon, or sail along the Nile, to check out Paris or tour Ancient Greece, then National Geographic is a great resource. Read travel reports, watch videos and find out about many different destinations here:
Landmarks and their history
Explore the historic sights from around the world on this website. As well providing the history of places such as Westminster Abbey and the Taj Mahal, you can take a tour of many historic buildings and view plans of the inside.