From the earliest days of the pandemic, the hospitality world has been reinventing itself to give would-be tourists the chance to travel the world virtually. A virtual journey may not deliver quite the same thrill that comes with exploring a new place in person, but the technology comes with numerous benefits for seniors eager to see more of the world.
Thanks to the boom in virtual travel, the world is literally at your fingertips. You can visit museums, national parks, monuments, and more—in some cases even participating in events as they happen through a livestream.
One of the greatest benefits of virtual reality travel for seniors is the accessibility it gives to those who can’t make the trip in person. The chance to travel the world virtually is obviously helpful while pandemic restrictions are in place, but it also opens incredible opportunities for seniors who haven’t been able to travel for other reasons, such as declining health or limited mobility.
Another big perk of being able to travel the world virtually is the cost. Even visiting attractions in your hometown can be expensive, but virtual tourism makes it possible to travel across the country or even across the ocean for a fraction of what you’d spend to see those sights in person. Some of the destinations are even free.
Scheduling flexibility is another great advantage. See a TV program or read a book that mentions an interesting place you’d like to learn more about? With a few clicks, you may be able to take a full tour that very day—without waiting in line!—and discover more than you ever imagined.
With practically endless options for where you’ll go, you could hop around the globe and travel the world virtually to a new destination every day. Start your bucket list with these ideas for some of the best places to travel in the world and attractions you may enjoy along the way, then start crossing them off one by one.
International Attractions: From the Wonders of the World to the Great Wall of China, you can take a front row seat for tours of these awe-inspiring attractions that you may otherwise only dream of visiting. Other famous destinations like the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History or The Dalí Museum offer online exhibits and tours that let you explore at your own pace.
Adventure Exploration: Ever wondered what it would be like to navigate your way through a majestic cave or scale a rugged mountain? With the ability to travel the world virtually, now you can. A live stream from Northern Canada may give you a glimpse of the Northern Lights, or you can make your way through the ancient city of Kyoto, Japan, studying famous shrines and immersing yourself in the culture.
Animal Kingdom: Zoos, aquariums, and farms all over the world—and even the Great Barrier Reef—are providing virtual experiences that let you get up close and personal with your favorite animals. Live cams let you watch animals at play, while special tours and presentations give you a deeper look at the habitats, care teams, and animals themselves.
Entertainment: If you’ve always enjoyed a good performance on the road, now you can take in incredible theatrical, comedic, musical, and other shows from your own living room. In some cases, tickets are priced comparably to a traditional show, but others (like the Cirque du Soleil’s series of 6-minute specials) are available at no cost at all.
If all this talk about travel has you thinking about your retirement lifestyle and a comfortable community you can make your home base, one of Springpoint’s eight Life Plan Communities in New Jersey and Delaware may be right for you. In fact, we’re offering tours of our own! Virtual tours make it easy to check out our communities from home, or if you’re ready to leave the virtual world behind, we’re also offering in-person tours. Contact us to learn more about how you can explore our resort-like amenities and living options tailored to seniors just like you.