We’ll never not be jealous of people who hop a flight to Paris at a moment’s notice. And while nothing beats seeing the real Eiffel Tower firsthand, we can now kinda live the jet-setting life, thanks to Google’s new travel project, Treks.
Employing the same image technology used for Google Street View, Treks utilizes backpack cameras to capture goose-bump-inducing views of places like Mount Everest and the Great Barrier Reef. The rare footage is compiled into a series of adventures that you can digitally experience anytime, anywhere.
We put this so-close-you-can-taste-it approach to the test and took a fascinating Trek through the Amazon Basin. Over the course of about 10 minutes, we got a panoramic look at the breathtaking Flooded Forest, heard the sound of oars paddling through the Rio Negro and read local factoids (about, say, local jungle flora and fauna) on the left side of our screen.
What’s better than tagging along on someone else’s adventures? Documenting your own, of course. That’s why anyone can apply for a Trekker camera to bring on their next vacation to a far-flung place. (But be warned: They’re a whopping 40 pounds.)
Footing the bill for the flight to Antarctica, however, is still on you.