One of the newest ways to travel is cyber travel, where you can travel vicariously through your computer. Thanks to the tech giant Google, the World Wonders Project makes travel to World Heritage sites and landmarks very convenient and economical too.
Borrowing Google’s Street View technology from Google Maps, the World Wonders Project now makes it possible for you to explore museums, landmarks, palaces, and many other places in countries worldwide. It is the next best thing to being there in person.
Benefits of the World Wonders Project
This certainly would have come in handy in my younger years as I struggled to understand a history lesson. Partnered with UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund, and CyArk, the World Wonders Project plays its part is helping preserve these historic landmarks forever. Some of the most obvious benefits of the project are the following:
- provides travel benefits to those people who can no longer travel for one reason or another
- enables travelers to do virtual research before planning a trip
- educates children and adults by allowing them to explore sites of historical significance
- a great media tool teachers
World Wonders Project includes many different types of sites on in eighteen countries and seven continents. These 132 sites include archaeological sites, palaces and castles, places of worship, monuments and memorials, historic sites, cities and towns, architecture, regions and landscapes, parks and gardens, and wonders of nature. The World Wonders Project is continually working with their partners and plans to keep adding sites whenever possible.
Capturing the photographs for this project was partly accomplished by the use of special 360 degree cameras with up to fifteen lenses mounted on various vehicles including cars, trikes, trolleys and even snowmobiles. Not all locations are accessible by car and that is where the other transportation modes were utilized.
World Wonders Project collects the images with Street View camera-equipped cars for most locations, and uses the trike and other transportation modes for trails in the National Parks, pedestrian only walkways, and narrow alleys where cars cannot navigate. One of the locations is even beneath the surface as the cameras take you to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
- 3D models where you click to move around and can zoom in and out
- Photography from Getty Images and Panoramio
- Downloads on the site for teachers to enhance better education of history and geography for elementary and middle school students
The Google World Wonders Project brings faraway places up front and center for everyone. Check it out and see if it doesn’t excite you!