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How to escape right from your living room with this simple tip

Featured in Medium - Travel

Being at home for so many weeks on end can become a real drag while the world is experiencing the COVID-19 crisis. You’re stuck inside seeing the same four walls each day, with little escape on weekends.

But fear not, I’m here to show you how you can travel over vast distances without ever leaving your living room.

What you’ll need

If you have a decent internet connection and a Google Chromecast, Apple TV, or other streaming device, then you have everything you’ll need for this simple escape.

YouTube is a weird and wonderful thing

Yes, there is plenty of entertainment available on YouTube, but there are some beautiful things available to stream absentmindedly in the background while you’re stuck at home, and some of these are ambient experiences from video games.

Those who love good ambient music will probably already be familiar with YouTube’s unending supply. But did you also know that there are people who upload ambient experiences from popular game titles like Skyrim, Fallout, and Red Dead Redemption?

Now these aren’t just static, they are records from right in the game with the trees waving in the wind, water flowing down rivers, and even people moving around. Sometimes these are also accompanied with music from the game that fits the scene.

Here are a couple of examples of the ambient experiences from the hit title Red Dead Redemption 2.

Of course you aren’t at all limited by just the outdoors, if it’s the inside of a quiet tavern you’re looking for with the roar of an open fireplace warming you through, I’ve got you covered.

Or perhaps its the quiet, radiation fuelled post-apocalyptic climbs of the Fallout 4 wasteland that interest you.

If video game locations aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of other ambient escapes for you to experience. Like this beach in Thailand.

Or if you really have a hankering for the on-plane experience.

Wherever you’d prefer, it’s almost a guarantee you’ll find somewhere interesting to visit.

Not only will this give you a different experience from the inside of your home, but it might even help clear out the cobwebs and support your mental health at the same time.

Completing the experience

Now, you’ve chosen a video to put on while you’re at home and perhaps you’ve setup a playlist on YouTube to change throughout the day.

Great! Time to dust off your Chromecast or other streaming device and send the video to your home entertainment system.

Once the video is streaming, turn the speakers up to an acceptable level and enjoy the bliss of somewhere else, be it the plains of New Mexico, a cosy tavern in a medieval setting, or the post-apocalyptic sea-side vistas of Far Harbour.

Remember that a new escape is just a quick YouTube search away…


Found any great virtual destinations on YouTube you’d like to share?

Drop a link into the comments and a few words why you think people should check it out!

By Tim King

Tim is a freelance writer and audio producer from Bendigo, Central Victoria.

He's been designing and developing both written and audio digital content for over ten years and loves every minute.

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