Around the world in 30 minutes: KAYAK launches virtual getaways for stay-at-home escapism

TD Editor

With travel plans on hold and social distancing in full force, would-be adventurers and travellers across the globe can only dream of their next getaway. To help keep the dream alive, KAYAK is launching its virtual travel hub featuring a selection of curated city guides so globetrotters can #TravelFromHome.

Whether eager explorers need a 10-minute escape from #WFH life or to view a screen that isn’t hosting another conference call, KAYAK’s series of curated virtual city guides will provide some light relief to those suffering from cabin fever and offer a chance to be submerged in new surroundings.

Kicking off with curated virtual guides to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Berlin and London, the virtual travel hub is now live. Additional destinations will be released in the coming weeks – so keep an eye out!

For a respite from the four same walls, a chance to plan the next trip or an opportunity to learn something new, KAYAK’s curated virtual city guides will not only take people around the world from the comfort of their own home but will help teach avid travellers everything they need to know once they’ve (eventually) touched down.

Beyond access to a virtual tour of the destinations, users will also be able to experience a curated selection of:

  • Local recipes for lunch, dinner and cocktails
  • A playlist to get in the mood for each city
  • A language lesson covering commonly used phrases
  • A virtual tour from local museums and galleries
  • A list of books, TV series and movies related to that city

For example, those paying a virtual visit to Amsterdam will find a preview of the Rijksmuseum, an immersive look at the city’s scenic views with a helicopter tour and a step by step guide on recreating the Netherland’s well-loved Stroopwafels. Virtual visitors can also learn how to order a beer, ask for directions and greet new people in Dutch, as well as finding out more on all the recent cultural updates, from relevant books to read and films to watch.

Giving users all the tools and information they need to plan their next trip, from daily itineraries to destination highlights and fun facts to downloadable colouring books, KAYAK aims to revive the imagination of travellers’ and help those dreaming of their next holiday make it a reality when the time comes.

Evan Day, country manager UK, for KAYAK comments: “At KAYAK, we understand that these unprecedented times can bring a lot of emotions to the fore, from uncertainty and anxiety, to boredom and restlessness. Having a level of escapism and something to look forward to, are now more important than ever.  The virtual travel hub aims to give users a fun, exciting distraction, whether you’re wanting to learn something new, ‘visit’ your favourite destination or get a preview to a location you plan on visiting.”

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