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Tips for enjoying virtual travel during COVID-19 lockdown

VR headset - Travel in isolation. Source: Getty Images/Luxy Images.

With Australian domestic tourism down $21.7 billion compared to last year, 2020 is like no other in the tourism world. But if your travel plans have been disrupted, technological advancements may now enable the world to come direct to you.

Recent data from Tourism Research Australia found that domestic tourism slumped by $21.7 billion in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year. 

Some are experiencing a more immersive travel experience in virtual reality (VR) at residential aged care facilities through a headset that places the user within their chosen setting.

Melbourne technology start-up SilVR Adventures began offering this experience to aged care facilities last year.

A 2016 survey found that just over a quarter of Australian retailers planned to adopt VR within the next 12 months, but it also found that over half of the business leaders surveyed did not have a mobile app or mobile website.

Dr Chandler is doubtful of the ability for general users, including baby boomers, to widely use virtual reality technology which needs to run on a powerful computer accompanied by high internet speed.

It’s kind of accessibility for these technologies. There is a lot of people using the internet, quite a lot but the steps to kind of put on a virtual reality headset is something else. I think this is going to be a big change in society in the next decade or so but it’s kind of hard to predict how many people will take up virtual reality not having a headset at home.

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