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Almost-travel is the next best thing to being there.

There are many ways to almost-travel: that is, to NOT travel, but to gain almost-all of the benefits of travel.

Almost-travel is better than travel in two main ways. First, almost-travel is almost-always faster than traveling (because real travel takes a lot of time). Second, almost-travel can happen sooner (because real travel takes a lot of preparation).

Technology is the almost-travel enabler. When you think media and technology, think almost-travel. What we call "technology" is usually that which is designed to obviate travel.


Types/Categories:

1. Download: Learning from the travel experience of others, either so that you no longer need to go there yourself right now, or so that you can better plan your trip. (E. g. books, TV, movies, word-of-mouth.)

2. Upload: If you can deliver a message electronically, or by sending snail mail (or a carrier pigeon), then travelling yourself becomes unnecessary. (E. g. a tweet, blog, ftp, or appearing on a television show.)

3. Two-way: Almost-being there. Having one, two, or more senses wired up for simultaneous two-way communication, you can actually feel like you had a "meeting." (E. g. a phone call, internet live chat, or video-conference.)


Almost-Travel around the US to Basketball Stadiums in 3D.

By Google

 


Almost-Travel around the world in less than an hour (below).

Tenerife - Canary Islands

 


Camel Racing in UAE - Robots replace children as jockeys

 


K2 Climbing Expedition

 


Hong Kong Airport

 


Chile

 


Frobisher Bay

 


And, if you're almost-serious about pretty-amazing almost-travel . . .

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Links

Almost-Travel Links Comment
www.virtualtourist.com Virtual Tourism
fulmediainteractive.com Fulmedia interactive - Virtual Tour
www.louvre.fr Virtual tours of the Louvre
www.cisco.com Cisco TelePresence

 




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