Around the World Cup in 32 VR adventures: see every country in virtual reality

Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps

The World Cup is bringing together the best footy talent from Belgium and Brazil to Senegal and South Korea. But with so many nations being represented, wouldn’t it be fantastic to take a whirlwind tour of the countries and go on lots of adventures before they play? Like riding a kayak down a waterfall in Iceland, going swimming in flooded caves in Mexico and wandering down a street in Copenhagen? 

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Now you can do all of those things with your morning coffee, thanks to virtual reality. Sure, we’re still working on haptic suits and making the virtual world just as convincing as the real one, but if you can’t splash out on on a round-the-world ticket and ditch your job for a few months, VR travel is a great way to visit different countries from the comfort of your living room. 

We’ve collected together some of our favourite virtual reality travel experiences, from simple 360-degree video to some of the best Oculus Rift experiences created by top VR studios.

Becca Caddy

Becca is a contributor to TechRadar, a freelance journalist and author. She’s been writing about consumer tech and popular science for more than ten years, covering all kinds of topics, including why robots have eyes and whether we’ll experience the overview effect one day. She’s particularly interested in VR/AR, wearables, digital health, space tech and chatting to experts and academics about the future. She’s contributed to TechRadar, T3, Wired, New Scientist, The Guardian, Inverse and many more. Her first book, Screen Time, came out in January 2021 with Bonnier Books. She loves science-fiction, brutalist architecture, and spending too much time floating through space in virtual reality.