Virtual tour: Flower hunting in Kyoto with Mori the forest dog

KYOTO – A globetrotter buddy pings me on WhatsApp one Sunday afternoon at 2.50pm. “Hey, my friend has a virtual Kyoto flower tour at 3pm,” she says. “Somebody pulled out last minute. You interested?” And so, 10 minutes later, a Zoom link on my iPad teleports me to the gardens of the Kyoto Imperial Palace on a sparkling late-spring day […]

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I swopped wanderlust for staying home and found that I liked it

SINGAPORE – My name is Clara and I am a travel addict. Like every addiction, it crept up on me. I cover travel, so it was normal to look up flight deals or browse travel blogs in the middle of the work day. I sought the rush of booking plane tickets and would fritter away precious vacation time fantasising about […]

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Art in the open: 7 free installations that go beyond the confines of a museum

Cooped-up travellers who need their cultural fix can go anywhere in the world now on artsy virtual tours. But when the planet emerges from lockdown, I wonder if we will still trade the confines of our four walls for constrictive or crowded museums? The pandemic will change the way people travel. Rather than rubbing shoulders with potentially asymptomatic museumgoers, imagine […]

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Art in the open

Cooped-up travellers who need their cultural fix can go anywhere in the world now on artsy virtual tours. But when the planet emerges from lockdown, I wonder if we will still trade the confines of our four walls for constrictive or crowded museums? The pandemic will change the way people travel. Rather than rubbing shoulders with potentially asymptomatic museumgoers, imagine […]

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Sit back and get out there

Marvel at Sweden’s Northern Lights Scandinavian temperatures to watch the Northern Lights online. Lights Over Lapland, a travel company that guides tourists through Abisko National Park in Sweden, has posted time lapses of the aurora borealis on its website. Stunning streaks of bright green light dance in the video, a mesmerising sight from afar. Go to: lightsoverlapland.com/virtual-aurora-tours Climb the Great […]

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For Shut-In Pilgrims, the World’s Holiest Sites Are a Click Away

The pandemic has closed holy sites across the globe, but virtual reality is providing worshipers a digital window into ceremonies during touchstone holidays. By Debra Kamin For nearly two years, Eilat Lieber, director and chief curator of the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem’s Old City, has been excited for this April, when Passover, Easter and Ramadan — touchstone holidays […]

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