Given the latest developments concerning the coronavirus pandemic, many people had to spend this year without the pleasures of life they had gotten used to before. Travel, shopping, dining out and entertainment have become rather a luxury, and the status quo will remain at least for a year to come. Virtual experiences offer a fantastic opportunity to narrow this lack of entertainment and relish in the sightseeing across the world, learn new skills, or make purchases in authentic shops with products being delivered right to your address.
Virtual experiences allow customers to book live events (such as sightseeing tours or DIY sessions), led by local guides. One of the most promising and ambitious services is Amazon Explore, which provides customers with an opportunity to try out a local experience of any type from any part of the world.
With such a service, you could easily learn how to cook Secreto Iberico from a local chef from Seville. Alternatively, you may embark on an adventure to witness the famous Trolltunga in Norway or catch the sight of the ancient Coliseum in Rome. And these options are from a complete list. You may make purchases at an authentic shop in Seoul (and your goods will be delivered straight to you) or exercise with your yoga trainer based in India.
Even though you might think that there are YouTube channels which offer something similar, virtual experience provide you with an opportunity of one-on-one sessions. That’s not just a YouTube video watched by the millions of other viewers. That is personal experience, provided by a professional person who is located thousands of kilometers away from you.
Typically, virtual experiences last between 30 and 60 minutes. Besides, you can cancel or reschedule them 24 hours in advance. There is no need to mention that you will be able to take photos and screenshots at any moment of the session.
Currently, the service is offered by Amazon only for the U.S. customers. That being said and considering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there are plenty of opportunities for further expansion of this service in the years to come. When traveling is tough, there is no better option than take it to the virtual realm.
In fact, there are dozens and dozens of industries in which these virtual experiences could be applied. Here, you will learn about the most common categories of virtual experiences.
Cultural experiences. Would you like to have a tour through the Fram Museum in Oslo? Or, perhaps, visit Prado Museum in Madrid? Alternatively, you might wander through Stockholm’s old town or Rio’s beaches. Basically, anything regarding sightseeing and typical travel tour falls into this category.
Outdoor experiences. If you wish to see the mighty ranges of the Himalayas from Nepal’s high-altitude villages, this is the category you might be most interested in. Or, perhaps, you would like to stroll across the Rio’s famous beaches or visit the San Diego zoo? After all, you can enjoy stunning vistas while relishing in the soothing cruise tour.
Skill & knowledge experiences. Have you ever thought of mastering any particular dance style? Perhaps, you might have wished to learn how to play music? Or do some craft work by yourself? If so, this category is the one you need.
Food experiences. Such virtual experiences allow you to learn how to cook prominent and less-famous dishes from all over the globe! That being said, one has to point out that you will learn it from chefs and cooks from different continents and cultures. Cook the meals the way the locals do.
Wellness experiences. Are you interested in yoga sessions? Or you would like to improve your fitness trainings? Consult a nutrition regarding your diet and habits? Everything concerning the healthy lifestyle and beauty falls into this category.
Event experiences. This category may include everything from the behind-the-scenes streams of the popular events and performances up to viewing sport events. But hey, festivals are included into this category, too. So, if you ever wanted to experience the world-famous festival in Rio de Janeiro, this is the right category for you.
Shopping. What could be better than purchasing souvenirs in Nepalese markets or the famous El Rastro flea market and get your purchases delivered right to you? Shopping has never been so easy, and such a service doesn’t make it any less authentic.
If you are one of the people who would like to provide such virtual experiences to the customers, that’s great! However, the verification process and the rules for such virtual experiences are quite stringent and time-consuming.
Educational school is something that would definitely help such people to start serving their customers. If you are interested in creating your own virtual experience tours, we encourage you to sign up using our contact form.
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