Youtube is my go-to place for … well, just about everything. Youtube is a wonder and one of its most wondrous gifts is the ability it gives you, the viewer, to travel anyplace in the world you would like to go, and you don’t need a dime. The #1 thing on my bucket list is to travel the world. But since I can’t afford to literally hop all over the world on a whim, I can still get a pretty good facsimile of the real thing by taking a virtual road trip on Youtube.
You can take a virtual road trip almost anywhere in the world on Youtube. Just type in “driving in” or “driving to” [fill in country, state or city].” Chances are, there is a video taken from someone’s dashcam of the actual road trip. Many of these are accompanied by music. Obvously, some are much higher quality than others. I prefer the ones where the driver isn’t talking, and just allows you, the viewer to enjoy the view from the car.
Here is an amazing video (it’s almost seven hours long) of the drive from Los Angeles to New York City. It’s all here, speeded up (and deleting the parts where the driver had to stop). Viewing it in full will take a long time, but you don’t have to worry about inconveniences like a full bladder, having to stop for gas, or the discomfort of sitting in a car for hours at a time. While driving through Nebraska, he pulls over to watch the solar eclipse (this starts at about 3:29:12). I do wish music had been added, but you can play your own driving music while you watch this, if that’s your preference. I also like to enlarge the video to full-screen, which makes the experience even more realistic.
I spent yesterday also “driving” through many parts of Europe. I was surprised by the fact that driving in most European countries is identical to driving here in the states. You will see the same green road signs and mile markers, road markings, and exit design. The same road rules that apply here also apply in these countries. The UK and China (there may be others) are exceptions, because people drive on the left hand side of the road instead of the right. That seems very strange (and dangerous) to me. But in mainland Europe, people drive on the right hand side, the way they do here.
Here is an incredible drive from the Austrian-Italian border through the Italian Alps to the town of Tolmezzo. The drive covers about 258 km (160 miles).
I find watching these videos a great way to relax, have fun, and satisfy my curiosity about what it’s like driving in places I’ve never been.