Checking items off of your travel bucket list isn't possible at the moment, but Travel Curious is giving anyone suffering from cabin fever a way to quell that wanderlust. The new company, which specializes in bespoke private experiences and tours, is streaming virtual tours on Instagram. The series features local experts and offers up a way for you to virtually check out a destination to see if any hotspots catch your eye.
"Watching a livestreamed tour on Instagram is not quite the same as actually being there on your own, bespoke, private Travel Curious tour, but it’s the next best thing," Amir Azulay, Travel Curious's chief executive, said. "These are difficult times for us all, especially in the travel industry, but we wanted to support our tour guides at this time, and also to provide some welcome respite for people by bringing the world into their homes, one tour at a time."
The series started on March 24 with a walking tour of New York City's Little Italy. The famed neighborhood is a favorite among foodies looking to get NYC spins on classic Italian dishes (and grab one — or a dozen — of those beloved black-and-white cookies). The tour comes courtesy of retired NYPD officer Dennis, so viewers can be sure they're getting an authentic take on restaurants and specific points of interest alongside details that can only come from someone very familiar with a neighborhood.
Travel Curious adds that the initial tour was so popular that it plans on streaming 20 more, including sojourns to St Albans in England and Dublin, Ireland. Azulay notes that these virtual walks aren't meant to replace the real thing, but right now, they're the perfect way to get a taste of what's out there when everyone's ready to pick up their passports again.