After completing a string of European trips recently, I am once again feeling the itch to travel further afield. So many people are surprised when I tell them I have never visited The US as an adult, let alone as a travel blogger. Because of this, I have never featured anywhere in North America on my blog– yet! Now The States are calling my name and I am equally as interested to visit the places in the Deep South just as much as the cosmopolitan cities of New York, LA, Miami and Boston.
My wanderlust for North America only grew when I went along to the Trek America event in London recently. It felt great to be back in London and to catch up with some of my favourite fellow bloggers including Aftab from Fresh and Fearless, Beverley from Pack Your Passport and Jen from She Gets Around. I also get to meet the lovely Hayley from Frock Me I’m Famous for the first time. There was a mini Vegas with roulette tables, a live band and American-inspired canapés. Overall it was a fantastic event, but there was one element of the evening that I loved the most; virtually travelling to The USA.
The event was to showcase Trek America’s new collection of virtual reality videos, which quite literally transport you to four incredible National Parks in The USA. With my Trek America passport in hand, I took on the challenge of trying to get round and visit all four of the National Parks in just one night. The combination of sight and sound was enough to transport me to each amazing vantage point. Even at a noisy event, the noise cancelling headphones made me completely forget where I was. I was totally immersed!
I visited The Grand Canyon, stood on top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, walked through Monument Valley on a Navajo led jeep ride and saw spectacular viewpoints in Yosemite. The Grand Canyon video was my favourite. All four of these videos are now online, so you can virtually travel to the USA too! Even if you don’t have a VR headset, they’re definitely worth a watch. Just remember to drag the screen to get your 360 degree perspective.
My favourite video was of The Grand Canyon which you can watch below!
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What do you think of these virtual reality videos? Where do you want to travel in the USA? If you enjoyed this post, please leave me a quick comment in the box below. Jess x
This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Trek America. All views are my own.