Journey instantly to a vast selection of the most exquisite and exotic locations on Earth. Travel all 7 continents and experience what it feels like to stand in some of the most revered and sacred locations of historic relevance. The power of travel using VR is massive in the implications.
One would presume that it would potentially curb tourism as a result of people feeling as if they had no need to journey to a place that they have already experienced virtually. But actually, the converse is true. Most people leave a virtual experience with enhanced desire to visit the location that they visited as a result of the experience having whetted their appetite.
Immerse yourself into the customs of a broad selection of global regions, learning their habits, their living requirements, the amenities and lack thereof. Bring a newfound understanding of other cultures by spending some virtual time experiencing some of the details that make their culture special and unique.
Many virtual travel programs will be developed. Some will be more generic like a travel guide. Others will be produced along a theme that is relevant to the region or city that is being profiled. For example, virtual reality can take you on a fashion tour of Paris, a pub tour of London, a dining experience of Rome, an entertainment tour of Los Angeles. No matter the consumer preference, soon there will be many choices for the end user to try.
What does it actually feel like to stand in the Paris Opera House and look down the hall, then up the ornate ceiling and down the other side? This is a pointless question for any wordsmith to attempt to quantify when the ability to don a virtual headset and be standing there in less than a minute is possible.
Virtual content will start to proliferate in rapid streams based on the traditional cravings that most digital audiences have. It will expand rapidly as any particular kind of content catches on and gets assimilated into the zeitgeist. So as specific virtual journeys roll out, some will be perfunctory, and others will find the time to add that last degree of unique experience that only VR can provide. For example, imagine being on a virtual tour of the best Chicago Pizza places, and inbetween the stops, historic callouts to the Al Capone era is introduced. Or a guided tour to the most zen places on Earth.
As with any form of digital entertainment, execution is everything. But the core fact of VR, is that it has the potential to transport its audience on a one of a kind journey, so let’s make it a vibrant and memorable one! If a photograph can take you back to a moment that meant everything to you, imagine how a virtual capture of that experience will feel. Put on the headset in the middle of your day and suddenly you are standing on the most beautiful beach in Bora Bora.
Or you are transported to a romantic moonlit night in Italy that takes your breath away. No matter which destination serves your desire, the best executions of travel VR will whisk you emotionally away from your current experience into a world of exquisite distraction.