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This week’s virtual travel news

Do you fancy travelling back in time to a more elegant age? Or setting off on a road trip of thousands of miles? Perhaps it’s tropical beaches tempting you (not surprising)?

In this week’s round-up of the best in virtual travel news, we’ve got all that and more, not least noodles, cocktails, salsa and a bit of hygge.

Discover virtual Austen

Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire, UK, has found a way to show off its new acquisitions during lockdown, with a series of short videos.

The new collection pieces include a portrait miniature of Mary Pearson – the woman said to have inspired the character of Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice as well as a modern handmade fan, depicting Mr Darcy (looking very like Colin Firth!).

Nearby Chawton House, the former home of the author’s brother, has its own online ways to help you step into Austen’s world, including a virtual version of their exhibition Man Up.

Bear in Alaska's Katmai National Park with snowy mountain in the background
Courtesy Visit The USA

Take a US road trip

While your car is sitting idle, you can still set off on a road trip – and where better for your virtual excursion than the USA, the home of Route 66.

Visit the USA is launching a six-week interactive virtual road trip on its social networks to discover parts of the United States that you may never have seen before, along with travel tips from locals for any future travel plans.

From May 7, the virtual road trip will be cruising through Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Territories – encompassing American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Follow on Instagram and Facebook with quizzes, surveys and interactive activities to decide the next stops on the trip. In the meantime you can get a taste of some of the country’s best scenery, and a head start on first stop Alaska with our pick of the best virtual US national parks.

Or you can head to New York state for a list of its best online events and virtual offerings to discover the temptations outside the Big Apple.

 The list is being updated regularly, with a huge variety whether you fancy a zoo livecam, browsing world-class art, a 360-degree tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame or a livestream yoga class.

Discover more US delights with our virtual city guides to New York, Chicago and Charleston as well.

Spice up lockdown

Puerto Rico is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the founding of Old San Juan this year, and you can join the party with an online salsa lesson.

Tito Ortos, director of the San Juan City Salsa Dance Program has recorded an overview of salsa steps in a video which turns into a salsa party.

Bring your own pina colada – there’s more inspiration with our virtual cocktails and you can also find more recipes from a historic rum distillery in the US Virgin Islands

Screenshot of the interactive tour of Japan's subtropical islands in Okinawa as part of this week's virtual travel news
Copyright OCVB

Explore Japan’s subtropical islands

From high-tech Tokyo to Kyoto’s temples, you might think you know Japan – but there’s a chance to discover a very different corner of the country with Okinawa’s virtual travel experiences.

With a mix of Japanese culture, plus subtropical temperatures and scenery that’s a world away from the Shibuya crossing, there’s a chance to virtually canoe through mangroves, trek to jungle waterfalls and learn the history of karate’s birthplace.

You can even get tips on making noodles as you explore Okinawa’s 160 islands…

Start at the Yambaru National Park with its waterfalls, mangroves and traditional village, before watching the sunset and stargazing on one of the Okinawa virtual tours.

Then learn some of the history of martial arts from Visit Okinawa – the sport has its origins here and the area holds the Okinawa Karate Interational tournament.

Refuel afterwards with authentic Okinawa soba, thick and often served in soups – a recipe which is believed to be almost 500 years old.

An open-top car drives through fields in Aarhus, Denmark
Copyright Dennis Borup Jakobsen/VisitDenmark

Visit Denmark from home

We all need a bit of Danish hygge at the moment – although getting outdoors in Denmark is equally tempting right now. And you can enjoy both, along with a spot of Nordic Noir, with some regularly updated virtual suggestions from Visit Denmark.

The Visit Denmark from home online culture box includes cultural resources and interviews from world-leading artists, the best Danish Noir TV, traditional Danish recipes and some great vidwos.

There are livestreams from around the country, showing Denmark as spring begins along with ideas for virtual walks using Google Streetview.

Don’t forget to check out our past Armchair Travel news bulletins for more virtual travel news and take a look at NicholaKirstie and Ting’s recent picks of the week.

Main image courtesy Depositphotos, all others as credited

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