COVID-19 has changed everyday life, and travel is no exception. Were it not for the pandemic, millions of people would be enjoying summer vacation right about now in different parts of the world.
While you’re sticking close to home, tech can provide an escape from the monotony. And thanks to the power of high-definition cameras and high-quality microphones, you can take a virtual tour of the biggest cities in the world without ever having to book a flight.
Drive and Listen is a captivating website that fuses a 4K street-view video feed with local radio stations from cities around the world. From your browser, you can take a virtual tour of London, Moscow, Paris or Tokyo with only a few clicks.
Some of the feeds seem to be recorded from bicyclists as well, which means the tours sometimes go off the beaten trail. What’s more, you can speed up the feeds and see all the sights you want to visit much faster.
Better yet, you don’t just get a single radio station for each country — you get a few. If you’ve never heard what radio stations sound like in Russia, for example, you might be surprised at the kind of music you hear.
In many cases, you’ll even hear American music on foreign stations, which shows just how far our popular culture has spread to different places around the planet.
For even more immersion, you can activate “Street Noise” to hear the sounds of the city as they unfold around you. It’s like a virtual vacation you don’t have to pay for.
Try this site. It’s great stuff!