Random Street View is the Perfect Source of Inspiration for Your Post-Quarantine Travel Dreams

published Mar 25, 2020
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With most people’s travel plans on hold for the foreseeable future, it’s understandable if you find yourself getting creative with your time spent at home. Pretending that you’re traveling the world has never been easier thanks to virtual tours of popular tourist destinations and YouTube videos of your favorite theme park rides let you escape from the comfort of your couch without actually going anywhere.

But if you’ve got a major case of cabin fever and you’re looking for a new source of travel inspiration, look no further than Random Street View. Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like: When you open up the site, you’re instantly transported to a random location somewhere in the world via Google Maps, letting you virtually explore places it’s possible you’ve never heard of before.

A street in the Spanish countryside

Aside from being endlessly entertaining (will you end up in Kentucky or Kyoto next?) it can serve as inspo for your post-quarantine travel bucket list. If you land upon a charming French countryside village or a beachside locale in Brazil, you might find yourself inspired to do a little research, discovering new places to visit once the coronavirus pandemic eventually ends and you’re able to safely venture out of your house and into new places.

You can save any views you find particularly interesting and share them to social media (including Facebook and Twitter), letting your friends get in on the fun, too. You can also specify your search by country, so if you’ve got your heart set on a specific place, now’s your chance to get an up-close look—no passport necessary.