Have console, will travel. If you love exploring big cities, foreign lands and exotic locales, but don’t have the time or budget for a real trip, you can go the virtual route. Through various video games, today’s armchair traveler can escape to an on-screen destination and get some sense of what it’s like to actually go there. Sure, there are plenty of elaborate fantasy worlds out there in Gameland, but several are based on true world settings. There’s nothing like the real thing, of course. However, today’s graphic details are pretty slick and it may be the next best thing to being there. Here are 8 virtual vacations to take through video games.
1. Travel through Tomb Raider
Lara Croft definitely has an extreme case of wanderlust. The buxom archeologist/adventurer is always off exploring temples, ruins, jungles and more on her globetrotting quests – and so you can too. She goes to Antarctica, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Ghana plus many other European and North American locations (not to mention fictional settings) throughout the series. Not all details are true to life, but you could easily immerse yourself and feel like you’ve had some exotic getaways playing Tomb Raider.