Not all trips are physical, especially nowadays. Because new interactive technologies, like virtual reality or even Google Maps (from African safaris and Machu Picchu to the ancient ruins of Petra), are making it possible to explore our universe and beyond without having to book flights, hotels, or, well, anything. Instead of Hawaii we can adventure through the dreams of Salvador Dalí, and now instead of Europe we can visit the world’s of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli aka the settings of the most iconic animated films of all time.
Complete areas and scenes from Studio Ghibli movies have been made into an immersive virtual reality experience that users can explore freely. Featured highlights include the bus stop from My Neighbor Totoro, the boiler room from Spirited Away, and the meadow in Howl’s Moving Castle (2004).
So how can you roam the digital worlds? It’s currently free as a demo for Vive and Oculus, but expect it to expand and become even more accessible as virtual reality continues to grow. More info here.