Travel the world for free with Google Street View

I guess the ultimate in making travel savings is to sightsee the virtual way.

Take a walk down Oriental Parade in Wellington, see the sights of Kyoto, explore the streets of Seville…all with a few clicks of your mouse.

Google Street View is a fun feature of Google Maps and Google Earth. It gives users street-level views of selected places around the world, meaning that you can take a virtual stroll along their streets.

When it was launched in May 2007, only five American cities were included, but now there are street-level images in thousands of locations in the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Of course, exploring New York for real is better than seeing it online, but it’s still fun to be able to do it in your lunch break, or when the children have gone to bed. And it does have its uses when you are going somewhere because it’s a fantastic way to research your destination before you go.

You may also like to try www.everyscape.com. It includes tours of Beijing’s section of the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. However, Beijing is one of only two cities outside the US on the site (the other is Krakow).

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