Nothing will ever replace the amazing adventure of real-life travel.
But man, does the digital space come close.
Surfing the web is, basically, a form of travel.
Think about it.
When we travel in physical form, out in the real-world, we’re traveling through space, and land in foreign locations that interest us.
We choose to experience different sites, and soak in the funny, eye-opening, and even educational, tours of the new spaces we’re in.
It’s literally the same in the digital world. We’re just not doing it in physical form.
As much as it scares many of us to think about it this way, we really are building a whole new world, right here.
In fact, some businesses are taking extra steps here in the digital space, to add in texture and dimension, and make the experience even more “real”. Take Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse, an extension of Meta, the “rebrand” of Facebook. In the Metaverse, we will no longer interact just by typing in our content, we will actually immerse ourselves using augmented reality.
Others are doing this too (see Epic, Decentraland, Microsoft, and more).
In fact, I imagine it as one giant digital race, with the largest digital players working around the clock to be “the first”. And from there, make it “better”.
It’s not much different, to me, than how the actual physical space frontier races began: with competition to reach the moon back in the 1960’s. The major leading countries of this world were also working overtime to get there first. The big difference is that today, it’s not about touching down, but about having the infrastructure in place, and opening the doors in a clever enough way to make its splash.
So start getting into the game and explore this open space. Take the opportunity to travel extensively through the virtual airwaves.
You won’t even need to worry about the airfare because travel is free here.
Just do me a favor and don’t forget to wear that virtual seatbelt. Just in case.