Virtual Traveling: Is VR A Solution To Wanderlust During The Pandemic?

Self-quarantine and isolation have made us realize the vitality of traveling. If you are currently under stay-at-home orders, I am sure you might be eager to go out again and visit all the places you ever wanted to. Unfortunately, the pandemic has turned the world into a giant prison. Traveling has to sit on the back burner for a long period of time. However, thanks to virtual reality there is a whole new collection of places that you can visit safely from your homes.

A recent report revealed that traveling through virtual reality can be a great way to stay calm and entertained during the pandemic. In fact, experts believe that virtual traveling is an immersive experience and it helps us feel connected and at peace with what we cannot accomplish during these crucial times. So, jump on the bandwagon of virtual traveling and learn what it has in store for you. 

Virtual Reality’s Associations With Immersive Experiences 

It is a well-known fact that people travel in order to escape from the redundancy of life. While some travel for work others have found jobs that pay to travel. Travel is the best escape from the harsh realities of life and we all are looking forward to traveling the world after the pandemic is over. For now, virtual reality can be the best escape from the pressure, stress, and fear of isolation. Here is another study that will help you understand how.                         

An Italian research paper on reducing anxiety and stress with the help of cyber technology went on to say that VR videos of scenic places can help people reduce psychological stress. And it is quite true of the nature of this quarantine. Whether isolated within the confines of four walls or quarantined with the family, factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression can cause the individual to feel under the weather. So, a virtual video of a beautiful garden or a beach can help them stay relaxed and address mental health issues at the same time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

The study is currently happening in Italy. A country that had to face the devastating impact of the coronavirus. 400 participants in the study are being examined for the virtual effects of scenic places on individuals’ minds. So far, the study poses that VR provides a secure and comfortable place. It helps with mindfulness and helps an anxious person connect with the beautiful aspects of life. The reason why the researchers of the study suggest spending time in a calming environment such as virtually designed places. It can be a beach, a sunset view, or a lake amidst a forest. You can pick your favorite spot, virtually sit in the calming environment, and help yourself stay away from pandemic stress.                                                                                        

VR helps Increase Interaction

I use travel as a means to escape from a monotonous schedule. I am sure most of us do the same thing. After all, wanderlust through VR is our only travel hope right now. But there’s more to virtual reality than travel. So far we have discussed so many ways VR can help us stay calm and there’s more. Experts believe that VR can also help us increase interaction. 

This is to say that when you travel virtually, you not only zone out of the dark place in your head but you also speak to different people on a virtual panel. Engaging with audiences on different avatars gives birth to a sense of belongingness. And trust me virtual realities can be highly emotive. It is normal for a person to sense the place in real life and connect with an avatar representation of the virtual person. As a result, sharing your experiences with VR will help you stay sane and connected. Particularly when you get an instant urge to connect with people from places you still want to travel. 

VR: A Silver Lining

Let’s face it, social distancing is the only way to curb the spread of the coronavirus until a vaccine is made. Most of us are either working from home or playing video games to help pass the time. For those playing games on virtual reality, experimenting with features like FPS, and valorant boosting would know how effective virtual reality can be in terms of traveling. 

So, virtual reality may never replace traditional travel. But for now, it seems like an effective and efficient solution to our wanderlust requirements during the pandemic. In fact, it is particularly beneficial for those who are environmentally conscious. They can reduce carbon footprint while traveling virtually to different places. Most vitally, virtual travel can help you explore places that are least traveled. So, hold on to virtual traveling until the coronavirus subsides. Always remember that we are in this together and your urge to go out can be solved with the help of technology.