Virtual world tour
I've just stumbled upon this fantastic website that I really thought was worth sharing. WHTour.org is a great way of seeing some of the world's most beautiful places in intricate detail, without ever leaving your couch. Not that I advocate doing that, of course. But if you just can't get to Angkor Wat this year, you can at least have a peek at it. Guaranteed it will make you want to go there even more.
WHTour.org is a collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in panography – that's 360-degree imaging. Click on the map of the world until you home in on the site you want to see, then use your mousepad to navigate your way around the picture in front of you.
It's impossible to show you here, but – trust me – it's really clever. You can pan left or right, up or down. You can look straight down at the ground or right up at the clouds. Then you can zoom in to look closer at a statue, and zoom back out again.
Granted, you can't go absolutely everywhere yet. They're still adding sites all the time. But for now you can explore the Eiffel Tower – from under it or on top of it – and many, many attractions in Paris. You can also visit the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the Tower of London, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Sigiriya in Sri Lanka, and many other amazing places (244 to date).
This is an incredible labor of love, being built slowly and, as a non-profit, depending on donations. It was created for people who are unable to travel and as a legacy for future generations, just in case conflict, climate change, looting and mass tourism destroy the very places we love so much.
It's a great site to explore and get totally lost in. We hope it continues to grow. RM