How an Agoraphobic Traveler Wanders the Earth
June 22, 2020 4:44 PM   Subscribe

You can just parachute anywhere. You can be on one side of the world and then two seconds later be on the other side, and never have to worry about flying, borders, any of that. – Jacque Kelly has been traveling the world for the past 4 years using Google Street View. [previously]
posted by simmering octagon (10 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I've been doing the same. Either directly through Street View, or the randomness of Geoguessr. One interesting source for "travel" ideas comes from /r/UrbanHell. Someone posts a photo of a place they consider ugly or harsh or horrific. The comments often feature residents of the city, who explain why their hometown isn't terrible at all (or why it really is the worst) and include Street View links if available. A surprisingly educational, if a bit contentious, subreddit.

Anyways, here's my favorite unique find from wandering in very remote areas. I won't spoil the surprise.

And here's my second favorite. This is a link. They have their own version of Street View and they've gotten access to some places in Russia where Google hasn't. This link lets you tour Norilsk on a warm summer day. Norilsk is infamous for being a post-Soviet polluted wasteland in a remote frozen landscape, and is frequently posted to UrbanHell. But the Yandex tour of the place shows a more nuanced view. It's quite fascinating to me.
posted by Teegeeack AV Club Secretary at 5:17 PM on June 22, 2020 [19 favorites]

There's a microphone in that picture! He's singing! (is there audio?) ...That part of that town looks nice. The rest looks like where Chappie grew up.
I just checked to see if this is available in VR. Yes, but not PlaystationVR...yet(?) ah well...
posted by sexyrobot at 5:51 PM on June 22, 2020

ayup, me too, traveling in areas of Japan I didn't get to in 7+ years (~90% of the country, sigh).

I do wish their StreetView cars had recorded the soundscape, too, that would have been cool.
posted by Heywood Mogroot III at 6:51 PM on June 22, 2020 [3 favorites]

A soundscape map? Here you go. Or maybe this one.
posted by q*ben at 10:29 PM on June 22, 2020

Norilsk appears to have a lot of lemon and strawberry cakes that Wes Anderson ordered.
posted by the cydonian at 3:39 AM on June 23, 2020

I can parachute me there!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 11:01 AM on June 23, 2020

You know what would be the killer audio feature...local radio stations.
posted by sexyrobot at 3:38 PM on June 23, 2020

If anything's appropriate for this time, it's this. Thank you.
posted by jenfullmoon at 5:42 PM on June 23, 2020

Local radio stations? Step right this way.
posted by ReginaHart at 7:47 PM on June 23, 2020

Just tried Radio Garden, as per ReginaHart. Interesting and depressing. The same crap pop music every fucking place you try. Arrr.
posted by charlesminus at 11:41 AM on June 24, 2020

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