Travel may prove difficult this year.  With travel restrictions, quarantines, airline regulations, masks, and social distancing many of us may not feel too comfortable boarding an airplane, staying at hotels, and even exploring major cities using crowded public transportation.

We’ve canceled this year’s family summer vacation and our usual travel and cruise itineraries for the rest of the year.  In fact we’re not sure when we’ll feel comfortable traveling anywhere that entails long haul flights, and since we live in Hawaii this pretty much covers the whole world.  It makes me sad that I will probably not be able to visit my daughter in Italy until hopefully next spring, we usually visit in the summer and fall.  But health and safety come first and with no cure or vaccine in sight for the novel corona virus it means that home is where we’ll be for the foreseeable future.

Staying home doesn’t mean we can’t explore new cities on our bucket list or re-visit some of our favorite ones.  We’ll just have to explore virtually from the comfort and safety of our family room.

Here are some virtual tours of 6 of cities that you may want to re-visit or add to your travel bucket list.  Enjoy!

Paris

The City of Lights brings romance, history, art, fashion, and cuisine to mind.  I love Paris in the Spring!

I love the sights, sounds, and smells of this wonderful city.  From the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, to the magnificent artworks in the Louvre and D’Orsay museums, the shops on the Champs Elysee, and the cafes along the Rive Gauche, Paris has something for everyone.

Experience the city on this virtual tour!

London

What’s not to love about London?  I love the palaces, gardens, museums and galleries, theaters, markets, and shops in this great city.

From Buckingham Palace to Hampton Court; the British Museum to the West End shows; Boroughs Market to Harrods; there are many excellent sites to explore in this beautiful city.

Explore Westminster Abbey where you’ll find the tombs of England’s kings and queens as well as poets, scientists, and other notable historic figures.  Get a bird’s eye view of the city on the iconic London Eye.  Walk the fog shrouded streets of Whitechapel where the infamous Jack the Ripper left his gory mark.

Experience the city on this virtual tours!

New York City

The Big Apple!  New York City has so much to offer, it’s one of my favorite city’s.  Having been raised in the City I guess you can say I’m just a little bit biased!

New York City is a bustling place where you’ll find the iconic State of Liberty, green spaces such as Central Park and Battery Park, quirky neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Tribeca, museums like the MOMA and the Guggenheim, and Times Square.

Explore the Big Apple on this virtual tour!

Dubai

Dubai never fails to make me feel like I’ve stepped into a Star Wars movie.

The mish mash of futuristic looking buildings tower over the desert sands.  It’s not at all unusual to find camels sitting on the beach in front of one’s hotel room; nor is it unusual to ski inside the Mall of the Emirates in the morning and have dinner in the desert dunes just outside of the city.

Of course you’ll find every high end designer shop in the Dubai Mall and you can drape yourself in gold from head to foot at the Gold Souk across the creek in the old section of the city.

Dubai is a fascinating city with a foot in it’s past and an eye to the future.

Experience the city on this virtual tour!

Istanbul

East meets west in the city of Istanbul, literally.  Separated by the Bosphorus Strait this city has one foot in Asia and the other in Europe.

It is a delicious mix of ancient historic and religious sites, bustling markets, and secular modern buildings.

I love everything about Istanbul!  The sites, the people, and the food are incredible; they keep me coming every chance I get!

Experience the city on this virtual tour!

Bangkok

On the banks of the Chao Phraya River sits the bustling city of Bangkok.

Here you’ll find Temples that house Buddha statues in a myriad of sizes, positions, and materials.  Along with is huge temple complexes you’ll find a palace complex, green spaces, floating markets, night markets, and more.

Experience the city on this virtual tour!