New Day Blog | 8 Beach-Chair-Worthy Escapes to Experience at Home5 months ago
8 Beach-Chair-Worthy Escapes to Experience at Home
Hey, 2020: you can’t steal our sunshine! These virtual experiences are sure to bring a ray of light to your day, with a side of travel inspo for future reference. Grab a fruity beverage, pull up your lounge chair and favorite browser, and take a virtual adventure that may feel actually refreshing (studies say much of vacay enjoyment is in the planning and anticipation – plenty to get your brain happy here!).
On an Island in the Sun: The Maldives
Some experts believe that the Maldives will be completely submerged by the year 2100 due to climate change and rising sea levels. Don’t miss your chance to see this absolutely stunning chain of islands in the Indian Ocean … while you still can! This 360-degree video tour invites viewers to experience the best of sunny Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve known for its immaculate waters and thriving coral reef. Bask in the area’s beauty while you soak in some of the world’s most calming sights.
Miami Nice: Vizcaya
Juan Ponce de Leon discovered this lush Florida lagoon way back in 1513 – isn’t it time you discovered it, too? As the largest estuary on the Southeastern Florida coast, Biscayne Bay plays home to not only some of the state’s most inviting waters and shorelines, but also to the postcard-worthy Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami.
Built in 1912, this oceanfront Gilded Age estate is a beacon of art, architecture and fancy landscaping – situated on 10 acres of formal gardens. Unwind Miami-style with a scenic virtual stroll through Vizcaya, from its orchidarium (yes, that’s a thing) to its walled secret garden to its finely manicured parterre plant beds.
The soundscapes customized for different areas are nearly as lush as the gardens, and it’s one of the easier to navigate virtual tours we’ve come across.
Go Fish: Digital Aquarium
Darling, it’s better down where it’s wetter! Go “under the sea” to discover peaceful aquarium scenes with hundreds of tropical fish – along with sea anemones, jellyfish, sharks, manta rays and more. This 4K video was created for meditation and as a sleep aid, and there’s no better way to drift away. We give this “school” of fish an enthusiastic A+!
Window Into the Soul: Salvador Dali
Hey there, daydream believers! You won’t want to miss this one. A right turn departure from the funky, out-there surrealism for which Salvador Dali’s work became known (melting clocks, anyone?), the painting “Figure at the Window” portrays Dali’s sister, Ana Maria, staring out the window at the tranquil bay of Cadaqués, a coastal town in Spain.
Get a window into Ana Maria’s mind with this unique 360 VR video, which imagines the view from her perspective. Go beyond what the eye can see past boats, birds and bluffs — and into the uncharted waters of imagination.
Aloha Vibes: Hawaii
From rugged landscapes to translucent waters to lush mountain ranges to the sunniest beaches, Hawaii really does have it all — and it’s all on glorious display in this gorgeous drone video from Travel + Leisure, which crowned Hawaii “the ultimate bucket list destination.” Paddleboard through pristine coves, perch atop a waterfall, surf some Big Kahunas, and swim with the dolphins…all in under two minutes. Mahalo for the memories!
Shore Thing: Beaches of Bermuda
No filter needed for the unfiltered beauty of Bermuda’s beaches! The turquoise of the water is turned all the way up to 11, and the sand gleams white (and pink!) at destinations such as Horseshoe Bay, Jobson’s Cove, Ely’s Harbor, Somerset, and many more in this drone film. There’s even a rainbow over the ocean in the first minute — okay, now you’re just showing off, Bermuda. Enjoy over an hour of Bermuda’s best vistas in the next best thing to actually being on vacay (and find out why celebs like Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones call this island their second home).
Swimming with Sharks: Shark Cam
Every week is Shark Week at the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Get a front-row seat to spot these fin-tastic creatures with the aquarium’s “Shark Cam,” which goes live every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST. All of the sharks housed within the 90-foot, hourglass-shaped tank are local to the area, and you just might spot a Pacific angel shark, a sevengill shark, a leopard shark, or … wait for it … a baby shark (doo-doo-doo-doo)! And we promise: this isn’t just click “bait.”