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Exploring a New City by Taking a Virtual Drive

The other day, when I was putting out the garbage and recycling for collection, I stopped to have a chat with my Saturn VUE, Chloe. “I know it’s been a while since we’ve been on a nice long drive, Clo. But soon. Soon we’ll take a long drive, maybe to the Okanagan. Stop at a few wineries. Explore some back roads. Put on our favourite tunes and roll down the windows. Soon it will be spring and hopefully stay-at-home orders will be lifted.”

She seemed to understand that trips to the grocery store are all that her immediate future holds and wasn’t too resentful.

So let’s not tell her that I stepped out on her a little.

I recently discovered the site, Drive and Listen. It uses dash cam and other city driving footage from YouTube and pairs it with the soundtrack of a local radio station. Currently there are 30+ cities on the site, and more are being added on a regular basis. I spent some time exploring places like Beijing, Delhi and Havana.

Drive and Listen - Beijing

Drive and Listen - Delhi

Drive and Listen - Havana

It certainly isn’t the same as actually being there, but it’s a nice way to scratch that wanderlust itch.

Bonus site: when you’re working from home and just want a new view out your window, try the site WindowSwap. People around the world upload videos of the view outside their window. I’ve enjoyed a lot of cool scenes from around the world, plus met some adorable pets that video bomb the window view. Check out these windows from Serbia, Maine and Istanbul.

WindowSwap - Serbia

WindowSwap - Maine

WindowSwap - Istanbul

Any particular city or town you’d like to take a virtual drive through? Or do any of the above capture your imagination? Let us know in the comments.

~ Kate T.


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Alexandra LeMay

Clo will understand. The sites you suggested are a nice break from Covid times.

Abhijith Sasikumar

Kochi, Chennai - India
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Doha Qatar
Los Angeles
Vancouver, Montreal - Canada

And would love to see more. These are just where I have been to. :)

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