The Journal Gazette
Saturday, January 16, 2021 1:00 am

A world to wander online

Wanna get away?

With travel options still limited because of the pandemic, virtual escape might be your safest option. And what better way to escape than to immerse yourself in nature – a forest, perhaps?

Sure, there are plenty of local areas to commune with nature – Eagle Marsh and Lindenwood nature preserves among them. But the magic of the internet allows for an exit to faraway places where you can sit in the stillness, among trees and the sounds of birds and other animals. transports visitors to serene destinations around the world, using recorded soundscapes from others who have been there.

Destinations include Jangyeoungsan Healing Forest in South Korea, the United Kingdom's Pillgrove Wood and Yasuni National Park in Ecuador – an Amazon rainforest that might be home to more species of life than any other spot on the planet, according to Smithsonian Magazine.

“Even if you can't differentiate the bird calls of one forest from another's, you can be confident that the sounds you're hearing are unique to the place,” reports. “The audio comes from Sounds of the Forest, an open-source library of global forest recordings that nature-lovers can contribute to. Listening to the clips is a great way to virtually immerse in a site you can't visit in person.”

For a more visual virtual travel experience, hosts hundreds of live-streams of calming scenes. On a recent morning, one could watch a river flowing through California's Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, the wind-swept and snow-covered landscape of a mountain at Lake Tahoe or the waves coming ashore at Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.


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