How to travel virtually anywhere without leaving your home

What if you could travel the world without taking a holiday?

Eiffel Tower taken by Google Street View

What if there was a way you could travel anywhere you liked without taking a holiday? Google Maps Streetview Player puts the world at your fingertips, taking you to amazing places you’ve never been before. So, when taking a holiday just isn’t on the cards, why not do some armchair travelling instead?

Google Maps Street View is a handy tool that allows you to spy on streets, buildings and landmarks anywhere in the world. You can use it to check out a hotel location, see historical sites or even view out your own driveway. However, what it hasn’t done so well is allow you to take a seamless journey at street level – until now.

Google Maps Streetview Player, created by software developer Brian Folts, is the answer to the disjointed graphics of Google Maps. All you have to do is type in your place of origin and your destination and hit play. Just like in Google Maps Journey Planner, Streetview Player charts a travel route between the point of origin and destination you enter, meaning the application requires an existing travel route, either by walking, driving, bicycling or public transport. For example, you could take drive from Paris to London or walk through the streets of Florence to visit the Statue of David.

This tool is great if you want to see what it’s like driving on roads in another country or revisit a memorable walking tour of a city you’ve visited before. So instead of sitting at home wishing you were somewhere else, you can simply go online and take yourself there in moments.



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    12th Jan 2017
    Join Postcrossing and travel the world from home
    12th Jan 2017
    Amelia, Amelia, Amelia. Why would you bother. I've seen pics of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls but being there was a totally different experience.
    You can't get the vibe from Google. You can't have the experiences as you interact with people. Your senses of smell, hearing and vision do not work on Google.
    If this is your idea of travelling then I pity you.
    12th Jan 2017
    Sorry...I have been a bit tough on you. Boomers are so different in so many ways.

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