WHOA, this week you have the least money in your bank account that you’ve ever had. You can literally only afford three things at the 99¢ Store. That trip you’d been thinking about is so far down the horizon, you can barely make it out. To top that off, your passport expired three months ago, you have a whopping credit card bill, and you need to pay a parking ticket. You are eternally trapped here, but through the power of The Internet you can make a fake escape.

Google Street View is like a momentary free vacation (if you go full screen). You can even explore regions that’d be inaccessible even if you did have some money (but aren’t a member of the 1%.) Street View recently added hard-to-reach destinations you can use to simulate hiking Everest, exploring Arctic territory, and adventuring through the radiation-laced streets of Fukushima.

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Antarctica

Antarctica - See those tuxedoed birds up close.

2

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef - The sea turtles are everywhere, and you can still breathe oxygen.

3

Fukushima, Japan

Fukushima - Discover the post-nuclear-meltdown abandoned towns in northern Japan while avoiding radiation.

4

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon - This Street View experience is a lot less intense than hiking to the bottom of the canyon IRL.

5

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mt. Kilimanjaro - Stand above the clouds without having to adjust for altitude.

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Park City Resort, Utah

Park City Resort - Great choice if you want to see what the slopes look like, but have never learned to ski.

7

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum - Visit the sunny Mayan Ruins, without the sunburn.

8

Mt. Everest

Everest Base Camp - Follow in the footsteps of mountaineering legends...without that pesky chance of dying.

9

Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Kennedy Space Center - When you search for directions to space in Google Maps, it’ll send you through this point.

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Nunavut, Canada

Nunavut - Eat a popsicle while you’re here to emulate the temperature.

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Mt. Elbrus, Russia

Mt. Elbrus - Go on an epic hike in the Russian Caucasus, while still having your email open in another tab.

12

The Azores

The Azores - Get an island vacation, for free!

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Aconcagua Base Camp, Argentina

Aconcagua Base Camp - You won’t even need a sweater.

14

Key West, Florida

Key West - Drive down the highway through the Straits of Florida, without pants on!

15

Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Japan

Iwami Ginzan - Travel into the dank depths of this mine, sans claustrophobia.

16

Puente Rio, Mexico

Puente Rio - Hang out on a random road in Mexico, that you probably wouldn’t have been able to find in the first place.

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Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

Prudhoe Bay - Drive to the top of Alaska, while sitting at a more reasonable latitude.

18

Remote Australia

Remote Australia - See what the middle of nowhere looks like.

19

Northern Norway

Northern Norway - Wearing shorts in the Arctic Circle!

20

Dead Sea, West Bank

Dead Sea - As seen in the Bible.

21

The Amazon River

The Amazon River - Cruise the Amazon, without the malaria pills.

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Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai - Enjoy the tropical beauty...but really wish you were actually there.

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