Gear Geek: Virtual Travel

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Gear Geek: Virtual Travel

Nothing beats the singular experience of traveling. The sights, smells, scenery, the tactile sensations that assault you in the city or rainforest, or sneak up on you at the beach or during a long country drive. But even the most vagabond traveler can’t go everywhere, which is why the books, photo communities, interactive 360-degree photo experiences, and—yes—actual virtual reality experiences are an essential part of modern travel, and a great way to peek into both the present and the past of this wide, varied world.

1. Lost & Found Collection, Vol 1, $60; 2. National Geographic Your Shot, Free; 3. Google Street View Treks, Free; 4. The Faroe Islands: SheepView 360, Free; 5. A Way into India, $40; 6. Marriot Vroom Service, Free with Hotel Stay; 7. Alchemy VR, Varies.

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).