Time to do some sight-seeing for a fraction of the cost
We would all love to be able to travel the world, experiencing places that just simply take your breath away – only problem is the cost of this. But what if I told you there was a way to see these glorious sights without leaving your house or breaking the bank, sounds pretty tempting don’t you think? You can travel the world through video games, plus with the standard of graphics now it’s almost like seeing the real thing. So get your digital passports at the ready, let’s go travelling to seven well known locations:
Thanks to the amazing ‘Far Cry 4’, we are able to venture around the Himalayas. A beautiful mountain range in the Indian subcontinent which separates the Indo-Gangetic Plain from the Tibetan Plateau, just in case you were wondering. Think it’s best to pack the thermals, it’s going to be a tad cold here.
Courtesy of ‘Watchdogs’ we get to visit Chicago, one of the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline bristling with skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, sleek, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower and neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. That’s a good stamp to have in the passport, don’t forget the camera.
Another title with the word dogs, this time ‘Sleeping Dogs’ takes us to Hong Kong. Vibrant and densely populated, it’s a major port and global financial center famed for its tower-studded skyline. It’s also known for its lively food scene – from Cantonese dim sum to extravagant high tea – and its shopping, with options spanning chaotic Temple Street Night Market to the city’s innumerable bespoke tailors. This is a once in a lifetime trip, I can’t wait to check out all the neon signage.
Not only do we get to time travel backwards, ‘Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’ takes us to London. At the centre stands the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Just don’t expect to see things like the London Eye, we may be a bit too early for that.
If you’ve played ‘Ryse: Son Of Rome’ then you will have traveled to the beautiful Rome, jaw dropping even if the scenario we find ourselves in is not the most comfortable. The added bonus here is most of the ruins are still intact, that’s something no travel agent can sort out.
This is the second thank you to the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ series, this time Unity takes us to Paris. France’s capital is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its picturesque 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine.
Just in case you wanted another cooler location, how does ‘Rise Of The Tomb Raider’ taking us to Siberia sound? A vast Russian province encompassing most of Northern Asia, with terrain spanning tundra, coniferous forest and mountain ranges including the Ural, Altai and Verkhoyansk. Lake Baikal, in its south, is the world’s deepest lake, circled by a network of hiking paths called the Great Baikal Trail. The Trans-Siberian Railway passes Baikal on its routes between Moscow and the Sea of Japan.
With bonuses of no jet lag, no left over foreign currency, no lost luggage and strange flight times – I would say our journey to seven of the most famous places on Earth was quite enjoyable. Don’t forget to do a bit of sight seeing while playing in these locations, they might surprise you with what you find.
If you fancy taking another trip to various locations via video games drop a comment below and when we get another seven, we will pack our suitcases and see where the suggestions take us (only rule is no singing ‘Summer Holiday’ by Cliff Richard)