Virtual vacations available from the comforts of home

Taking a break from the outbreak
Posted at 4:59 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 18:23:08-04

BALTIMORE, Md. — Many people are having feelings of anxiety, wondering the when the pandemic will end.

Families stuck at home for weeks might be getting anxious to explore the great outdoors once again as governors across the country contemplate when to re-open their states.

RV Trader vice president of Trader Interactive Recreational Brands Paige Bouma said “in the last couple of weeks since that announcement has come up, we're seeing a lot more traffic in people coming to the site, looking for RV’s and rentals. So, we know everyone out there is thinking of these things.”

The online RV marketplace put together a list of places to take your dream, albeit virtual vacation, while we wait for things to re-open.

“I’ve got two young boys and a husband. we'd love to be able to go out of the country, right now, that's definitely not an option,” Bouma said.

Instead of packing their bags, they took a trip to their their keyboard and landed on the Louvre museum in Paris.

“We also were trying to pair everything with the educational piece, for our children, so with that one, I actually gave them a scavenger hunt, of four different things to do. I was like, let's look for four things, obviously with the Mona Lisa being one,” Bouma said.

Closer to home, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. also offers virtual reality tours.

“This is something that even though it's in our backyard but we can't get there right now, so lets go. You can make that an activity. We coupled that with a family movie night, of watching a ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,’” Bouma said.

On Google Earth you can explore just about any place on earth you'd like to visit from a birds-eye view.

This is a perfect opportunity when things open up for us to go across country, so we started looking at some national parks and we were looking at Yellowstone,” Bouma said.

Anxious to hop in the family RV, Bouma is ready to hit the open road to see the real thing, but these vacations will have to be reserved for the computer screen for now.

“I am getting my kids excited, my husband excited about what are we going to do next. We're not just siting home being like we're so bored, we're like, this is where we're going this is what we're going to do,” Bouma said.