The best destinations for a virtual vacation

20 stunning destinations for a virtual vacation

Have you ever been on a virtual vacation? You can visit several beautiful locations on earth virtually. In this article, I’ll share 20 awesome destinations.



The pyramids of Giza

I’ve always been obsessed with stories about ancient Egypt, filled with mummies, pharaohs, and pyramids. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I really would like to visit the pyramids of Giza someday. I love to walk around these ancient structures virtually.


Paradise on earth

The beaches of Seychelles are probably some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Incredible rock formations, the water is crystal clear, white sandy beaches and palm trees. Can I get a one-way ticket to Seychelles, please?

South Africa

Check out the elephants in Africam Tembe Elephant Park

Have you always dreamed of going on a safari and seeing the Big Five in Africa? It’s not always possible to go to Africa, but luckily they installed a webcam in the Africam Tembe Elephant Park. You can watch live what’s going. I’m addicted already, I’ve seen so many elephants!


Check out all the penguins at Shackleton’s Hut

Most people will never visit Antarctica in real life. But you can go on a virtual vacation to Antarctica and walk along with the penguins. How cool is this?



Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Cambodia is one of the countries on top of my bucket list. Mostly because I really want to visit Ankor Wat. For me, this looks like a place from an adventure movie. A temple, hidden in the jungle with secret passageways (yes, my imagination runs wild!). It’s a good thing you can also explore this gorgeous place from the comfort of your home.


Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is an icon and most people who visit India make sure to visit this place. It’s very popular and therefore very crowded, so it’s a good thing you can also visit it virtually.



Another place I’d love to visit someday is Petra in Jordan. This also looks like a place straight from a movie, with temples hidden in canyons and appearing out of the rocks. This is another great place for a virtual vacation if you’d like to avoid all the other tourists.



Palace of Versailles

I’ve been to Paris multiple times, but I’ve never been able to visit the Palace of Versailles. I’d love to go there someday though, it must be one of the best cultural places to visit in France. It is an enormous complex, so if you don’t want to get tired by walking around, you can just walk around virtually. And it’s empty!



Venice is a town that looks like a dream. Of course, these are hard times for Venice at the moment, with all the floodings. Luckily, you can watch live what’s going on today. And it still looks absolutely stunning!

The Netherlands


Of course, I have to add the city where I’ve lived for the last 12 years: Amsterdam. Amsterdam is famous for its gorgeous canals and historic houses. It can get quite crowded in the city center, so it’s very nice to explore the canals from your home and travel to Amsterdam virtually. It’s so pretty!

The Keukenhof, Lisse

Besides Amsterdam, The Keukenhof is one of the main touristic highlights in The Netherlands. Every year, this is the place to watch thousands and thousands of colorful tulips and other flowers. Unfortunately, The Keukenhof will remain closed this Spring, but they decided to show all the flowers anyway by making videos! You can check this account on Youtube for the latest videos.


Palácio da Pena, Sintra

It was only a month ago I visited the most colorful castle in Europe: Palácio da Pena in Sintra. A small Portuguese town, close to Lisbon. It’s very popular and therefore crowded, but an amazing sight for sure! Don’t you feel like walking among thousands of other tourists? Go on a virtual vacation to Sintra and check out the castle with Google Streetview.


Alhambra, Granada

Andalucia, in the south of Spain, has been on my bucket list for years. The city of Granada is one of the most amazing cities I’ve visited. Granada’s main attraction is the Alhambra, a medieval palace complex that looks like it’s from a fairytale. It’s incredibly hard to get tickets for a visit, but luckily we can walk around virtually.

North America


View the northern ligths in Churchill (Manitoba)

Have you ever seen the northern lights? I can imagine it must be one of the best experiences in the world. One of the best places to watch the northern lights is Churchill in Manitoba. And guess where they put down a webcam? Of course, you can’t see the northern lights all day, so you have to wait until sundown. But it is a spectacle for sure!



Last year, I traveled for three months in North America. I had planned to visit Tikal in Guatemala, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I’m happy to go back virtually and explore the temples from my home in The Netherlands. What a gorgeous place!

United States of America

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Have you always wanted to go hiking in the Grand Canyon? I do! The Bright Angel trail is one of the hikes on my bucket list, but it’s a hard one! Thanks to Google Street View, you can hike this trail all the way to the bottom of the canyon.



Great Barrier Reef

Would you love to go snorkeling but do you hate getting wet? Go on a virtual vacation to Australia! At Wilson Island, you can visit the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re lucky, you might even see a sea turtle.

New Zealand

Another country I’d love to visit is New Zealand. On the southern island, you’ll find one of the most beautiful fjords in the world: Milford Sound. Nature at its best, with impressive mountains and tall waterfalls.

South Amerika


Hiking in Torres del Paine

I love hiking and one of the best places in the world for a long-distance hike is Torres del Paine in Chile. Glaciers, steep mountains, and incredible views. Can’t wait to go there someday!


Machu Picchu

Have you always wanted to see Machu Picchu? from my own experience, I can say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen, especially after hiking the Inca Trail for four days. There’s one downside though, it’s quite expensive and very crowded. So why not visit Machu Picchu from the comfort of your own house?

Have you ever been on a virtual vacation? What are your favorite destinations to explore virtually?

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As a girl from a small town in the Netherlands, I always dreamed of traveling. I thought it would always be a dream, but nowadays, I travel 6 to 8 months a year and I hike thousands of miles on the most beautiful hiking trails. On this website you can read all about my favorite destinations.

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