Planning trips and visiting new places can get expensive, but with virtual reality, experiencing exotic destinations has never been easier.
Virtual reality travel apps are a great way to see potential vacation spots before committing to pricey plane tickets and lodging, all without ever leaving the couch.
So strap on a headset and view the world like never before. Here are five of our favorite virtual reality travel apps on the market so far.
Ascape is a virtual reality travel and tour app designed to encourage exploration and discovery. The interface provides unreal 360-degree photos, superb visual content and one carefully curated collection. You can find videos of over 100 virtual destinations, including resorts, cities and more.
During the scenic virtual tour, simply tilt your smartphone in any direction to look around the video. See something you like? Save it to your travel list with or without Internet connection.
Content creators can even get paid for their virtual reality videos.
YouVisit is a well-designed travel app specifically dedicated to virtual reality tours. The service includes 360-degree video as well as interactive panoramic photos. And unlike many other virtual reality travel apps, wearers navigate the YouVisit interface just by looking, no buttons or controllers needed.
While the service provides thousands of travel destinations, they also feature businesses, hotels, restaurants and even college campuses. This app’s got something for everyone.
Google Street View
Just like Google Maps, Google Street View can literally get you anywhere (well, almost) and it’s pretty awesome.
While there’s the minor setback of having to remove your devices from the virtual reality headsets in order to interact with the app, the navigation interface features an extremely user-friendly design.
With this virtual reality travel app you can zoom in and out of the map and simply tap to jump anywhere in the world. Or, you can click on the microphone icon and say the name of a place you want to visit. Google Street View even has voice-enabled group functionality, making it possible to experience virtual reality travel with friends and family.
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Jaunt VR stands out for its superior high-quality video, diverse collection and refreshing content. While the app includes VR films, music and sports videos, the real gems are the breath taking travel experiences.
Get the app and immerse yourself in virtual reality travel with a cinematic view! You’ll find yourself in new and exciting destinations like Nepal, Machu Picchu, and Jerusalem!
Discovery has always told stories like no one else, and now the Network is starting a new chapter with virtual reality travel. The app features 360-degree videos on everything from science and wildlife to Civil War. But the best part about Discovery VR is the immersive, feel-like-you’re-there, extreme experiences.
Just put on your headset and scuba dive into shark infested shipwrecks, zip line through remote canyons, or go free boarding on the windiest street in the world.
We’re expecting much more from Discovery VR in the near future, so stay tuned.
Download Samsung Milk VR directly to your Gear VR headsets and watch incredible 360-degree videos. Or, with the newly-released mobile app, you can watch these interactive videos right on your Samsung mobile phone. Just pan and tilt the screen to look around.
This app takes panoramic views to a whole new level. Simply snap a (compatible) Galaxy smartphone into the Samsung Gear VR headset and transport yourself through the world with 360-degree photos.
Castles, religious sites, ancient cities and more! The Sites in VR app contains over one thousand, high quality 360-degree panoramic images. You can take virtual tours of landmarks all over the world, including Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and so many other fantastic destinations. Available in the Google Play app store.
With mesmerizing views of the Northern Lights, bustling firework displays in Hong Kong and even a trip to Mars, Orbulus VR is one app that is bound to take you far. Compatible with Cardboard VR.
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