Explore the world with your smartphone

Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a globetrotter, but can't quite tear yourself away from home comforts like mum's Sunday dinner? This is for you...
by
Explore the world with your smartphone

For the stay-at-home wayfarer

Have you always dreamed of spreading your wings, selling all your worldly possessions and exploring this fine planet we call home? We bet you have, but we also recognise that life gets in the way of this dream. Plus it’s all really far away, and costs money, and takes effort etc.

Thankfully, a few options exist that invite you to survey the whole world right from the comfort of your own home. Does that sound more like it? Yeah, kick back - we’ve got you.

Earth Cam

Earth Cam provides live video streaming services, for free, in over 1,500 cities. Its network covers all 50 US states and 46 different countries, and you can tap in and watch whenever you like.

So, if you want to catch a flash mob in New York’s Times Square, watch the sun dip below the horizon in Istanbul or check out the zebra crossing The Beatles made famous on Abbey Road - it’s all just a click away.

Google Maps & Earth

Google understands your globetrotting desires, equally. With Maps and Earth, you can go pretty much anywhere you want, and now in even more detail than ever before.

Street view on maps has recently seen an update allowing you to scale the peaks in Yosemite National Park, while there are now countless 3D cities available to explore on Earth.

In true Google style, the company has gone the extra mile and animated the water flowing under the Golden Gate Bridge, which is essentially its backyard. It’s all about the details.

ISS live feed

If this all sounds a little too close to home, and you’ve got your sights set a little higher, the International Space Station has a live video feed streaming 24/7. You can also listen in to the crew’s communications with Mission Control.

The ISS orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, traveling around 17,000mph, seeing a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes. There’s also an accompanying live map so you can track whereabouts the astronauts are as they speed around the world.

The camera’s direction is changed every now and then, but on some occasions you’ll see more of the actual station as oppose to the epic views of Earth.

Got anything to add? Drop us a comment below.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
Have you ever dreamed of travelling the world, but lack the money and commitment to do so? Enter Goo
Google Maps is 10 years old. Can you believe it? To celebrate, here are some tips so you can get the
If you're planning your travels, you'll want to take a look at our list of essential apps while you'

16 June, 2020
Get tips on the best remote working technology to help enhance your freelance life,...
4 May, 2020
The Huawei P40 smartphone camera is packed with AI tech to take your photos to the...
4 May, 2020
The Huawei P40 smartphone camera is packed with AI tech to take your photos to the...
4 May, 2020
The Huawei P40 smartphone camera is packed with AI tech to take your photos to the...
30 March, 2020
In the market for a new smartphone? We’ve rounded up all Carphone Warehouse’s 5G-connected...

27 March, 2020
Looking for a next-level camera for perfect pictures and super smooth video? Then...
11 February, 2020
Excited for the Galaxy S20? Get the tech and specs for the S20, S20+ 5G and S20 Ultra...
15 November, 2019
Excited for Android 10? Here’s our round up of the best new features including Dark...
18 October, 2019
Excited about the new OPPO Reno 2? We check out the Quad cameras, battery life and...
15 October, 2019
Ready for the new Google Pixel 4 and 4? We get all the latest news about cameras,...
24 September, 2019
Excited about the new Google Pixel 4? We get all the latest news about cameras, battery...
10 September, 2019
Want to buy an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro or an iPhone 11 Pro? Find out the specs and...
29 August, 2019
The next Apple smartphone is on its way. There are lots of rumours circulating, so...
8 August, 2019
Samsung has officially launched the new Note 10 at their Galaxy Unpacked event in...
9 July, 2019
Vodafone has rolled out 5G coverage across the UK, rumours abound from Sony and Google....
27 June, 2019
See the latest news and events in mobile tech, including Facebook's new crypto wallets...
14 June, 2019
Google’s Pixel 4 leaks and one new craze: Pokémon Sleep. We’ve got the latest mobile...