Not on planes. Or boats. Or any of the other usual modes of transportation as COVID-19 spreads globally.
1. Climb Peru’s Machu Picchu… from the comfort of your couch
2. Finally score that ticket to SXSW’s short film festival in Austin, Texas.
Following SXSW’s cancellation, Mailchimp, Oscilloscope and SXSW launched a Support the Shorts initiative that hosts over 70 short films for free streaming available here.
From elk mews to the gurgle of a river, Rocky Mountain National Park’s soundlibary offers an array of natural noises. They also have a bird song index as well as naturalscapes sounds like “Stream Soundscape from the Black Canyon Trail.” Tune in here.
With Africam and Expore.org, many large South African game reserves like Sabi Sands, Balule Nature Reserve and Kruger National Park are streaming live footage of key wildlife sites. Tune in at sunrise and sunset (South African time) for the best viewings.
6. Browse the latest in contemporary Arab art from the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah.
This modern art mecca in the United Arab Emirates offers all of its collection online, browsable by artist, country and medium. Brush up on your modern Arab art here.
7. Tour the Louvre in Paris.
And now, the 58-year-old former truck driver is an internet sensation for his sweet and hilarious content – including #HashtagTheCowboy. Check their Instagram out here.
9. Visit the South Pole.
Operated by the National Science Foundation, the South Pole station livestream makes it possible to visit Antarctica from the comfort of your home. And with temperatures of -53 degrees Celsius or -64 degrees Fareheight – that’s likely the best way to see Antarctica. Check out their various webcams here.
11. Watch the latest performances at NYU’s Abu Dhabi Arts Center program.
NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center programming is going virtual under the name Reconnect. The online platform will feature a variety of comedy, music and dance perfromances that have never been offered before virtually.
From African textiles to ruins of Pompeii, the British Museum boasts one of the largest collections in the world. Partnering with Google, they offer the “Musuem of the World” experience which allows users to scroll through centuries (starting in 1800 AD), continents and even themes like Trade and Conflict or Living and Dying. Check out the immersive experience here.
13. Stream the best in Lebanese indie cinema.
Lebanese film powerhouse Abbout Productions is offering free online streaming of one video at a time on Vimeo, with English or French subtitles. From short films to longer features, they are offering the best of their catalogue in an effort to keep those at home occupied. Check out their Twitter for the streaming information and current film that is playing.
14. Head to outer space with NASA Space Center in Houston.
If you’ve always wanted to be an astronaut or experience Zero-G, now’s your chance to tour NASA’s facilities in Houston. With the animated robot called Audima as your tour guide, check out ten of their labs, wind tunnels and hangars here.
15. Tour Sydney’s famous opera house.
The largest religious monument in the world, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is available for virtual tours on Google Arts Culture. With Monash University’s ‘Visualising Angkor Project,’ they created computer simulations of what life looked like there in the 13th century. Check out the two tours here.
Attend a reading or class at New York City’s infamous culture institution for free or a nominal charge. There is a mix events with famous authors and luminaries, as well as workshops on topics like finding gratitude in trying times. The full online schedule is available here.
The Cultivist – a global arts club – is offering members top notch cultural events from around the world. From one-on-one sessions on topics like Ancient Greek Art to their interactive sessions that offer home projects, they are truly curating an at-home arts experience. They also will be hosting virtual studio visits with artists like Patrick Martinez, Tofer Chin, Jonathan Prince. For more information on becoming a member, visit here.